I am an BSN, RN on a Medicine telemetry floor since June 06. Prior to that I did Utilization Review for 5 years. Prior to that I was on a surgical floor for 8 years. All within that same hospital. On April 1st, will go back to the surgical floor.
I don't particularly care for my facility. Fact is that I DO make a lot of money since graduating in 1993. I have a son now in his 1st year of college. I have been divorced since 91. I HAVE to have a certain amount of job security, so I stay.
Fact also, is that I NEVER wanted to work on a ward. I wanted to be a clinic or doctor's office nurse. I listened to people tell me out of college that I should get experience on the floor. Instead I should have gone directly into a clinic or doctor's office. I feel then I would have been happier. NO, I would not make the money that I do now, but perhaps I would not have needed as much.
I would love to be HAPPY in my job.
PLEASE, try to go into the area that YOU want. As a new grad, they will train you in what ever you want to do. After you've been in the profession a while, you get pigeon hold into a certain job and those around you tend to either think that you can't do something else, or they just don't want to take the time to train you in that other area.
Good luck to you.