Thanks for your thoughtful reply.
I completed an internship in an ED this summer, and while I enjoyed the experience, I didn't come away KNOWING that that's where I want to go. I enjoyed the extreme teamwork among the staff and how well the MDs worked with them on a first-name basis (for the most part), but the staff themselves weren't very encouraging about a new grad RN starting there. Management and admin folks I talked to seemed VERY enthusiastic about our signing on there after graduation, however. This has me concerned that while I'd have management support, how would it be to work with folks who have no confidence in training a new grad? I'm the one who would be on the front line with them day-to-day. I already had a miserable time training with a tech there who was very picky about every little thing I did after I had worked with an RN for 6 weeks previously. It drove me nuts as she did some things contrary to the way I've been taught (reinserted the same indwelling foley tubing after I had missed with it). The staff got along great, but there was the usual "gossip" about how this one triaged, or that one did their job, etc. I know as the newbie, I'd be fodder for ages. At my advanced age, I'm not in to being "that person" for them for the next 2 years or so.
Are you aware of how likely it might be to do a shadow in NICU? We do a 3-week peds rotation, but I don't know that we go through the NICU. Obviously, the best way to find out is to call my local hospitals, so I may do so as the semester gets closer to break (December).
How do you know if you've got the stomach and heart for this position? I know in the ED, it just broke my heart to hear the little ones screaming and crying when we had to start IVs or even just change them when they were so frightened of the surroundings and being in a hospital!!
Thanks again!! Two semesters seems a long way away, but it'll be here before I know it, and I don't want to start out, or get stuck, in a place I'm not interested in and don't love. :icon_hug: