I am currently in my last semester of my Nursing degree program and I have a dilemma. I worked in Day surgery over the summer as an Undergraduate Nurse, and I had an interest in pursuing ICU after graduation. Long story short, I met with a PCM of the ICU at my hospital and was offered a job after graduation that involves 6 months of orientation. I was really excited and definetly wanted to do this, but I let them know that I still didnt know where my final practicum would be and that I wanted to wait till Sept/Oct to fully decide. Now, I found out my final practicum is in Labor and Delivery (what I wanted!!). Now, to jump back abit my overall career goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, with a strong interest in Womens Health.
In terms of best career move, or advice... should I try to pursue employment in L&D after graduation given this is highly likely because I have done my final practicum in this area. Or should I continue with ICU. I have no experience in this area, nor do I know if I will even like this area, but its definetly a great orientation and would be a huge learning curve that I do enjoy.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
Sep 16, '06
I am a new graduate myself. I would say follow what you want to do.
If you have seen other posts, first year in nursing is HARD. And if you do not have a full passion and drive for starting in ICU.... I dont know- I wouldnt do it.
Good luck and keep us posted!
Sep 20, '06
follow where your interests lead you. You can always change your mind later and opportunities in L&D are few and far between.