Hello, I'm currently a student, Junior in Nursing school. About two days ago, I shadowed and observed the Cardiac Cath Unit and fell in love. The experience was something I never experienced before.
Honestly, for three years I was in constant worry if I had chosen the correct field of work. I went through one geriatrics rotation, two medsurg rotations, a psych rotation, an ER shadow/observation, wound care shadow/observation, Nurse manager shadow/observation, and an Endoscopy shadow/observation, and I didn't like any of them. Psych was pretty "Okay" for me. For awhile, I thought I was going to be a psych nurse.
In all honesty, I even thought there was something wrong with me for not liking Med Surg. I tried SO hard to like Med surg. But now, I just feel a pull, you know? It's a bit like finally finding that purpose. And I'm so thankful to God that I found something I feel passionate about. Because for the last three years, I've been in such a haze, simply going through the motions, in constant depression, with the question "What am I doing with my life? Did I make a mistake?"
So here's the question. I want to be a Cardiac Cath Nurse. I researched, and discovered I was going to need experience from the CCU or ICU. I sort of want to go in the CCU more. How many years? Is it possible for a New Grad to get a position there? What do you do in the CCU? Is it similar to bedside nursing? How many patients per Nurse? What are the Certifications I need to be a Cardiac Cath nurse? Can someone give me their recommendations? Their stories? I'd love to hear them.