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What's a good starting career for a new nurse?

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Marythenurse1994 specializes in not really.

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Hi there,

I've had a series of jobs (telemedicine, clinic nurse, infusion nurse), but never a job in a hospital. What would be a good/recommendable start for me in the world of the hospital? I want to become a skilled nurse, immersed in tasks like catheterizations, wound care, all of that good stuff but don't know what would be a good kick for it. Any recommendations would help greatly. Thank you.

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"nursy" has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse.

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Pretty much med surg will give you all that and more.  It's interesting, a lot of nurses would give their firstborn to get AWAY from bedside and transition into telemedicine, clinic or infusion, and you are doing the opposite!  Just curious as to why?

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Marythenurse1994 specializes in not really.

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@nursy I've never had the opportunity to get into a hospital! So I've had a string of less intense nursing jobs, I suppose. Not sure if it's because of my resume or? I've just never been given the opportunity despite numerous applications 

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"nursy" has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse.

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Well, good luck...hope you won't be sorry!

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Marythenurse1994 specializes in not really.

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@nursy haha it would only be for increasing my skillset and being confident as a nurse, but i know the darkness behind a hospital setting haha. 

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DextersDisciple has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I get where you’re coming from. You’re still a fairly new nurse and you want to use the skills you saw/learned in nursing school. The degree is expensive and the work is hard so you should get the full experience of being a “real” nurse.

I did The same thing too. I got the experience but I realized my outpatient jobs we’re highly coveted and SO much better. I’ll never go to back to bedside but I’m glad I had the experience.

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Marythenurse1994 specializes in not really.

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@DextersDisciple Oh interesting! Were you on a medicine floor before? And what do you like about outpatient that's better than your previous job setting?

Yeah I wanna feel like a 'real' nurse, I'm kinda tired of seeing everyone brag/complain about they've had these experiences, but at least they actually experienced it. LOL

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DextersDisciple has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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On 2/1/2020 at 8:12 AM, Marythenurse1994 said:

@DextersDisciple Oh interesting! Were you on a medicine floor before? And what do you like about outpatient that's better than your previous job setting?

Yeah I wanna feel like a 'real' nurse, I'm kinda tired of seeing everyone brag/complain about they've had these experiences, but at least they actually experienced it. LOL

I worked In the ICU. I wanted to be a CRNA before I even started nursing school. I knew I needed ICU experience but I couldn’t get hired into a med surg floor as a new grad (no experience). After 5 months I found an outpatient infusion center and took the job immediately. 

The hours are so much better, if you have a problem pt/family member you aren’t stuck with them for 12 hours, mich less stress on the body, pts are mostly independent and you get to actually talk to and get to know your pts. Less charting, more thank you’s.. the list goes on.

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Marythenurse1994 specializes in not really.

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@DextersDisciple The fact that you even got ICU...very coveted position too my dude! good for you! But yeah it's the same old story, the hospital setting is toxic, I've heard it over and over

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DextersDisciple has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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2 minutes ago, Marythenurse1994 said:

@DextersDisciple the fact that you even got ICU...very coveted position too my dude! good for you! but yeah it's the same old story, the hospital setting is toxic, i've heard it over and over

I don’t miss it at all. I only wanted to work there because it was required experience for any CRNA school. Now I’m very happy making 6 figures (with OT) and probably will never pursue CRNA school.

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Marythenurse1994 specializes in not really.

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@dextersdisciple so are you working as an RPN in an outpatient clinic?

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DextersDisciple has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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17 minutes ago, Marythenurse1994 said:

@dextersdisciple so are you working as an RPN in an outpatient clinic?

No I work in a procedural unit in a hospital with outpatient hours and I take call for after hours, urgent, in-house cases. We see outpatients and inpatients.

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