I am a 12/08 new grad and passed my RN boards this past Jan!! YAY!
Prior to graduating, I have 3 years as a CNA/student extern on an oncology unit where I worked mostly nights and weekends. It wasn't too great. I also have been working as a LPN for the last year in a family medicine office and I absolutely love it.
My problem is where to work now. Even though I took and passed my RN boards almost 5 months ago, I love love love working in the outpatient setting. I love being able to establish a relationship with my patients and feeling like I really can make a difference through disease education and some prevention as well. I know you do some patient education in the hospital, but I also had the impression that the info went in the patient's one ear and out the other at discharge time and that they weren't paying any attention to their RN, just impatiently waiting to go home. I also love my schedule, and after 3 years of being miserable with rotating shifts and barely getting to ssee my family/friends/boyfriend, it has been such a blessing to be able to attend birthdays, weddings, and Sunday dinners.
When I 1st graduated, I wanted to stay in the outpatient office setting (I'm looking to start a MSN program probably within 2 years to be a FNP because I love community/clnic nursing so much) but now I'm starting to wonder if I should get med-surg experience first after hearing so many people say "that's what you should do."
Am I being selfish by staying at a job that I love and enjoy (even though I make less money) instead of going through the terrible 1st year of new grad med-surg nursing?
If anyone has any thoughts whatsoever, especially if you've been in this position, please please help!! Nursing is such a wonderful career - I'm so excited to be in a field I love and don't want to grow to hate it, but I also don't want to be going about my career the wrong way. Thank you so much in advance! God Bless!! :)