I knew I wanted to be a nurse all along, and got my BSN at 22.
I loved my community, peds and psych rotations, so I figured I'd eventually be in one of those areas, but realized that I probably needed med-surge experience before anyone would hire me.
I lasted about 6 months in general med-surge unit before transferring to a migraine headache unit (within the same hospital). I lasted there about a year, then went into geriatrics (it was a geriatric psych unit, but it was mostly medical patients who were old and combative-- I really liked it, the elderly folks have a special place in my heart. I hated my supervisor, though, so I then took a job in the ED.
I liked the ED, but since I had psych experience, they had me work as kind of a triage person for any police drops or any aggressive or high/drunk patients. I didn't mind it, but it was overnight hours, and I was getting married and missed seeing friends and family. From there, I took an evening shift position in a psychiatric hospital, and worked both adolescent and adult psych. I liked both a lot, and I actually really liked the 3-11 shift. However, I still didn't get to see my family or friends much, so I took an outpatient job.
I worked in a clinic where I loved the patients, but really didn't like my commute, and there was a miserable nurse I shared space with. We saw a little bit of everything, all ages and conditions. I stayed there for years, though, because the hours were family -friendly. I had my daughter and went back to that same job after maternity leave. I stuck it out for a few more years, and decided that it wasn't worth driving to the city every day to be miserable.
I found a small adolescent psych unit at a hospital near my home and was there for 2 years. I loved it, but by that point, my daughter was in school for full days, so I almost never got to see her, since I was working 3-11. There were no daytime positions open, and I was tired of working weekends. I happened to see that there was an opening in my local district for a middle school nurse position. My daughter will eventually go here. I am less than a mile from home and have the same schedule as my kiddo. It pays 12 dollars an hour less than my last hospital job, so I kept PRN hours at my previous hospital gig, working a few shifts a month until I had socked away enough to make this work. Now I'm only here at the school, and my daughter is 9. I love it here. I work the local summer camp, which my daughter gets to come to with me. It's 4 hours a day, and pays about the same as I make during the school year, so it's pretty awesome. I don't see myself leaving anytime soon, unless an elementary position becomes available in the district. (I'd love to work with the littles, they're so cute at camp).