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not sure of my niche

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by LookForward LookForward (Member)

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So here it goes...

after graduating with Associates, i got a job at a med-surgical floor. but mid orientation (2 months), i quit to get the BSN (got a full scholarship provided i study full time).

i do miss working...although quite relieved to save myself from being on my own on the floor...was really overwhelmed with the 8-9 patients and though i wasnt eating, i was still behind....i was described as a perfectionist, seemingly anxious, wanting to do everything right---which was marring my ability to cope with little mistakes, and would occasionally slow me down.

the thing is...im worried about what future employers would think of my resume. And...if nursing is even for me...

id be at school again for 2 more years...dont know what job to take while studying....sigh...

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If you can afford to, do school and no job.

Don't worry about your resume or niche yet. You have a year and a half before you need to.

:)

Oh, and congrats on the full scholarship!

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OP, put that question away for a while.

I think nursing at this time/place, almost needs an ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK, LIFEGUARD NOT ON DUTY sign on it's door. Here's to hoping things change and soon!

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luvschoolnursing has 23 years experience as a LPN and specializes in School Nursing.

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Took me 17 years to find my niche!:lol2: Get your education, get a job and look around. You will find what you love. Congrats on the scholarship!

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Am I reading this correctly? New grad with 8-9 patients mid-way through orientation??? I've been a nurse for 8 years and I wouldn't function well with that. It's overwhelming for a lot of people. Don't get frustrated yet.

I'd say try ICU. Feel free to correct me everybody, but to me ICU is much more for type-A, perfectionist-type people than med-surg. (I do not mean that in a bad way at all).

Finish the BSN, you won't regret it.

Also- if they were loading you up with 8-9 patients in orientation, I would avoid returning to that facility. That's unsafe and sets you up for failure.

Good luck!

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I'd say try ICU. Feel free to correct me everybody, but to me ICU is much more for type-A, perfectionist-type people than med-surg. (I do not mean that in a bad way at all).

I wholeheartedly agree. You can't work med-surg and have everything be perfect. You've got to let yourself do things "good enough" to get by. If you want perfect, you need to be able to focus on 1 or 2 patients.

But I'd not worry about it. You've got a scholarship, take advantage of it and study. Learn all you can while you can!

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I wholeheartedly agree. You can't work med-surg and have everything be perfect. You've got to let yourself do things "good enough" to get by. If you want perfect, you need to be able to focus on 1 or 2 patients.

But I'd not worry about it. You've got a scholarship, take advantage of it and study. Learn all you can while you can!

This is so true. However management at my hospital expects you to be perfect even on a med-surg floor. :uhoh3::uhoh3::uhoh3:

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lkwashington has 4 years experience and specializes in Tele, ICU, ED, Nurse Instructor,.

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Higher learning is powerful.

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id like to agree with you too on this one...i was an extern on a critical care floor during summer last year, and loved how the nurses have an in depth knowledge of the patients. i couldnt do it on med-surg trying to get everything done...

but i do ADMIRE med-surg nurses..they have excellent time management skills and work very hard. also very flexible.

i might give critical care a shot in the future...im a theoretical type of person too...THANKS for the input.

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