Quote from nick007
I understand. If i am not interested in bedside nursing which means taking care of 10+ people and running around in a hospital for 12 + hours, is nursing not for me?
I work 8-hour shifts (okay, they're more like 9 or 10 by the time I finish giving report and charting), and usually have 5 patients on a med-surg floor. Night shift nurses usually have slightly larger assignments, but not 10+ patients. If you have 10+ patients who are sick enough to be in the hospital, that is not a safe assignment.
So, I'm wondering if your lack of interest in hospital floor nursing comes from unrealistic expectations based on social media horror stories. Have you talked to real live nurses (not people posting on YouTube or AllNurses)? Asked them about a typical day? Their patient ratio? Because I love bedside nursing, but if it meant taking care of 10+ patients and running around in a hospital for 12+ hours, nursing wouldn't be for me, either.
And there are many nurses who don't work in hospitals, and never have. Nurses work in home health, nursing homes, doctor's offices, and health clinics. Now, some of those jobs might want you to have bedside experience under your belt before they hire you, but, honestly, YOU might want that experience, too, before you take that on.
One of the benefits of starting in a hospital is that they usually make sure you know what you're doing before letting you out on your own. Typically, you have a preceptor for the first few months, and even after that, if you have a question about something, there's always someone around you to ask. If you go out on your own doing home visits fresh out of school, you are quite likely to find yourself wishing for someone to support and guide you.