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What was your very first Nursing Job?

Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

It was 1996 and I got hired to work at an inner-city community clinic fresh out of Nursing school. I LOVED that place! Learned so much there and got to do a lot- pediatrics, pre-natal, teen clinic...spent almost 4 years there before going to Grad school to get my NP in pediatrics.

I worked as a night nurse, med surg. I miss the hospital. I'm still friends with the girls with whom I started.


Specializes in ED, School Nurse.

Med-surg 6p-6a in a 24 bed unit in a critical access hospital. I learned a lot, and worked with a great group of nurses and CNAs. I started cross-training to the ED after 1.5 years on med-surg and ended up taking a full-time 11a-11p position in the 7-bed ED at the same hospital. I worked with some really awesome nurses there, too.

Oops- forgot to mention this was in 2006. Nursing is a 2nd career for me.

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Specializes in School.

I worked in a nursing home straight out of LVN school. Didn't fit in so when they could get rid of me they did. My second one was at a smaller nursing home. I loved that place. I hated to leave but they closed the nursing home due the company not paying us.

I had actually wondered if I was to be a nurse since my jobs never lasted longer than 9 months. Then I found School Nursing and LOVE IT!!!! I have been here for 10 years. Yep I think I have found where I am to be. :nurse:

MrNurse(x2), ADN

Specializes in IMC, school nursing.

What started as a community hospital that became the leading cardiac hospital on the East Coast back in 1989. Stayed for decades while working agency, learned that my grass was pretty green.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids.

1983, Med Surg, big 500+ bed inner city teaching hospital (same place I was born!)

We wore white uni's with white stockings and shoes and I wore my cap :nurse: for a short time. and I started out Full Time nights :no:

People were admitted to the floor the night before surgery and stayed for several days post op!

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I started as an LVN - first job was at the county Jail. What an eye opener that job was....lasted about 6 months, while it was interesting it was really stressful to me. I quit after I was summoned to court and was questioned about the care we provided - an inmate claimed she was treated poorly by the officers and denied medical care - I happened to be one of the nurses that had to clean her up after being sprayed with pepper spray & then do circulation checks on her q15 minutes for a few hours while she acted like a fool in 5 point restraints.


Specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse.

1991 - I got my first job in a center for people with Developmental Disabilities. It had a small 10 bed infirmary on campus with in house lab and xray and its own clinic. I would probably still be there if the governor hadn't decided it was more cost effective to send anyone who was sick out to our local hospital. Ya, thats a good idea - send DD clients to an unfamiliar place, with unfamiliar staff, when they don't feel good anyway, and the staff at the hospital doesn't know what to do with them! But it was a good experience and I learned alot!


Specializes in Telemetry, Gastroenterology, School Nrs.

Telemetry 7p-7a, in a local medical center. I worked there for 2 years. I learned a ton, and although I don't really like the hospital nursing setting, I am thankful for the time I spent there, learning and gaining that experience.

Telemetry / Stepdown unit, straight out of nursing school. I worked with some great nurses that took me under their wings and taught me a lot! Very thankful for them. They really helped me grow into being the nurse I am today.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

NICU, straight nights. Five, 8-hour shifts per week. ...1st real job of any kind actually.

Tele/step down, then they started including all drug and alcohol withdraws and all CVA/TIA/change in mental status patients. While I worked there I watched the place deteriorate each year. They just kept increasing the amount of work that we were expected to do, our patients were far worse off than ever before, our ratios were raised with no account for acuity, it was(and still is) a hot mess. The day that I came into 3 agitated, unmedicated active ETOH withdraw patients, a new CVA, and one with uncontrolled new onset a-fib, and my supervisor saying that most of my patients needed to be in ICU, but "you'll just have to manage" was the day that I decided to check out that school nurse position. So glad that I did!

Med/Surg, 1 year at a small rural community hospital, nights...practically killed me as the sleeping during the day was impossible. Then to dialysis and 12-14 hour days and very acute patients, outclinic. Loved it but it was killing me too. School health, off at 3. Priceless!! And the kids are great too!


Specializes in Family, Pediatrics.

28 bed neuro-surgical ICU. Helped a surgeon place a becker drain my first day of orientation and almost passed out. Lol. Wasn't sure about going back on day 2 but ended up loving it and stayed in the ICU my whole RN career.


Specializes in NICU; School Nursing.

Pediatric Home Health Nurse to a former 24 week preemie who was trached and ventilator dependent, had a G tube and was sent home to die because his lungs were so bad they didn't think he'd survive for long. Now that "baby" is almost 10 years old and a speed demon in a power wheelchair. Still trached but no longer needs the vent except at night. :up:

Looking back now I can't believe they hired me with no experience whatsoever! I didn't know that I didn't know anything! But I had a great orientation and a wonderful mentor who happened to be this child's primary nurse and his mom was super knowledgeable and on top of things so it worked out alright.

Nurse_JackieVA, BSN, RN

Specializes in CVICU, SchoolRN, MICU, PCU/IMU, ED.

My very first job fresh out of nursing school was a Tele Step Down which I hated. I left it quickly then when to child/adol psych. LOVED psych! Eventually branched out into ED then back to Step Down/MICU, etc... I absolutely loved working at my old hospital - level 1 trauma in a big city. I miss my homeless drunks, lol.


Specializes in Dialysis, Diabetes Education.

1996- Acute dialysis. That's the job I wanted and bugged them about every 2 weeks for 6 months until I got it. Moved to the chronic unit after a month and stayed there for 12 years. Loved it!

My first nursing job was in the Emergency Dept. at a level one trauma center in NYC

quite the learning experience :facepalm:

still working the ED but at a diff hospital

an RN in a Rehab/LTC.. on DAY SHIFT!! was going nuts on my one-month orientation.. crying... got crazier when I started working by myself... Then my boss turned out to be a monster and bullied me. I became aware of the right way, the hard way... then got into PM shift, float pool after 3-4 months..learned so much stuff.. they started putting me on a floor all by myself and that took me to my limit cuz they're putting me on the psych floor all by myself and I had 911 cases 90% of the time... I did learn a lot but that was traumatic somehow..


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