I currently work in a pulmonary step down unit and love it. I’m blessed to have good management, typically safe staffing, and a great team. I love seeing patients come in very sick, and leave breathing a lot better.
I did LTACH for two years and that was by far my very favorite job. If the unit hadn’t closed I would still be doing that!
I did home health for five years, and honestly didn’t love it. It was fine I guess, but it bored me. I enjoyed the one on one with patients, bu I loathed the constant noncompliance that ended up in hospitalization, which I was then expected to answer for. You can teach and teach till you’re blue in the face (and document!) but people are going to do what they want. At least in the hospital I have some degree of control. Or perceived control!
My first seven years were in a SNF for Alzheimer’s patients. Poor management which is typical of those places, horrible staffing, but adored my residents. I learned a lot about myself and the world there, but will never do that again.
Nursing can be so hard, but so amazing. Take care of yourself first. Keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy. Don’t take any crap from people. But give your all to the people in your care. Best job in the world!