Elderly care ward is my idea of hell. I absolutely hated it as a student. So much, that I had to be extra careful at all times so i don't lose my temper big time. Some people are cut out for it, some don't.
BUT, it was an unvaluable humbling experience. I work in an acute area now and I believe what makes me a good nurse is the fact that all those gruelling months of care of the elderly made me see the bigger picture. I had time before to find out about those people's lives, what they do/feel/think, got to know family, I can alleviate niggling things with a gentle touch, a nice word, I had the time to talk to myself about death, I know about positioning to spare that pressure sore, why the tissues are scatterd all around their bed, how quickly they get cold...it's what makes me a nurse. Yep, I think nothing of accessing a CVP and pushing IVs, someone with tubes through every orifice and monitors is fine, but it's the care of the elderly ward that taught me to care.