Palliative Care GN?


I recently accepted my first nurse position on a palliative care unit in a wonderful hospital. After telling one of my professors about my new position, they told me I was making a huge mistake starting out in Palliative Care. Since then, I've had a few other people telling me the same thing. The interview for the position made me feel excited about working on the unit, but I also have dreams of one day working in ICU and being a nurse educator. Is this job going to doom me from achieving those goals?

No, it is not. I believe that there are plenty of people that would be willing to hire you on after being a palliative care nurse. As long as you are working in a hospital, you could always work there for a year or so and transfer to a different floor. You also may really like it. Either way, I think you will get a better idea of what you will want to eventually do as a nurse.

NightNerd, MSN, RN

1,129 Posts

Specializes in CMSRN, hospice. Has 9 years experience.

I feel like it's hard to have the luxury of choosing where we want to work as new grads; we take what we can find and make the most of it. Congratulations on your first job! Palliative care is very rewarding, and it will give you good experiences and knowledge that will surely serve you well in the rest of your career. I'm sure you'll be able to be able to convey as such in your next job applications and interviews.