I recently graduated and have accepted an RN position at a new rehab hospital opening in my area in October. They deal with brain and spinal cord injuries, amputees, etc. I'm excited because it's a new facility and the starting pay is right in line with what the established hospital systems are paying the new nurses. One thing that I'm concerned about is apparently I could be caring for up to 10 patients. The way the CNO explained it to me is that the patients are doing 3+ hours of rehab (so they wouldn't be there all at the same time) and aren't on numerous drips like you might have in the traditional hospital.
Well, almost three months later, the floor I did my practicum on is finally expressing interest. That floor is within the system that I thought I wanted to work for but I didn't find the nurses to be the friendliest which made me actually happy that my practicum was over. It wasn't even the majority mind you, but I had never had those experiences through the entire program until I ended up on this particular floor. The good thing about this floor is that they only care for 3 pateints (4th on rotation) however it's total care.
FYI: I would love to be an OR, Women's Health, or ER nurse.
So my question: For you rehab nurses, assuming rehab wasn't your first choice out of nursing school, would you go into rehab nursing again? I have the choice between the rehab hospital and a spot as a CVPCU nurse.
I know many factors play a part in making a decision but I'd love to hear your thoughts ...