Where would your least favorite area to work be?

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  • by CEN35
    Specializes in ER, PACU, OR.

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697 members have participated


31 Posts

Specializes in Geriatrics.

I could never do Oncology. My dad died from cancer, and it would just hit too close to home for me.


195 Posts

I was torn between LTC and home health. I don't enjoy working with geriatric populations and their ailments. Don't get me wrong, I like healthy old people; I just don't want to deal with them when they're sick. I also do not like the atmosphere of LTC or think that the ratios are safe.

But I chose home-health as the absolute worst. I can handle home health when I'm going into nice, clean homes. But my allergies cannot handle homes with cats, tobacco or excessive dust. I like the nice clean hospital enironment, and wouldn't want to put myself into some of the nasty homes that home health nurses walk into.

I pray I never have to take either a home health or LTC job. I'm much happier in the NICU!

Specializes in Hem/Onc, LTC, AL, Homecare, Mgmt, Psych.

I picked renal, only because I find chronic dialysis to be incredibly depressing.


8,343 Posts

Anything to with geriatrics, outpatient dialysis, the OR, maternity, general medicine, public school programme


26 Posts

I haven't voted on this poll, but I have to say that I am really surprised that LTC & Psych are so undesirable! Can anyone tell me why it seems like such a large proportion of nurses aren't so crazy about those?


269 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg, International Health, Psych.

You were wondering why LTC and psych were voted as the least favorite areas to work. I currently work in a LTC facility until my real job comes along. I experience both areas with my geriatric psych patients. Imagine a patient standing right next to you repeating a variation of the same incoherent phrase over and over again (no less than 200 times) while you are trying to chart before clocking out. Aside from that, it is combining factors like obvious family abandonment; feeling compelled to yet hating to ask: "How are you doing this morning Mr. Smith?" (because they NEVER answer "Good" "Fine" "Great"; and always short-staffed and subsequently not having the resources to socially engage the patients as I would want my own grandparents to be.

I do give my 110% every time I work. However, I am grateful for the RNs that love and have dedicated their professional lives to these areas, because for me LTC and psych are the jobs you work on your way to something else.


38 Posts

I need variety or I get bored.

Contemplating oncology

Specializes in Hospice, ONC, Tele, Med Surg, Endo/Output.

In med-surg/tele you are floating constantly; usually have 5-6 patients; too many of the patients are obese, non-compliant diabetics, dialysis, and psyche patients; many patients are frequent flyers; most patients do not need telemetry; CNAs hide and/or are used as sitters; management micomanages the staff; there are too many pills to open and pass out; there is no respect for the nurses; the day just drags on and on if you work 12 hour shifts; too many of the patients are drug-seekers or are demented and are constantly making noise, do not take their meds, or are climbing out of bed while nurse is already too busy; people are constantly having bowel movements; there are gross wounds; nurses have to hold their bladders all day; when i come back from break i am assaulted with many questions from ancillary staff or 3 patients are begging for pain meds; i am constantly interrupted and can't finish one task from start to finish. When i am giving report i am interrupted by the CNAs, MDs, anyone who knows i want to get the H out of there. Whenever my shift ended and i hit the elevator i ran to my car and felt like it was Christmas day. I paid my dues for 15 years in med-surg/tele and it sucked the life out of me and i dreaded every shift--mainly because management was not supportive and expected too much and gave so little. So happy to be in hospice nursing now. Notice how all the hospitals are constantly looking for med-surg/tele/acls- trained nurses? Beware.


400 Posts

I disagree - I love the fast pace and challenges of med/surg. But home health is so slow... yawn! Please prove me wrong.


58 Posts

Specializes in Neonatal.

Psych, ick! Talk about totally out of my element, afraid of saying the wrong thing and not being "therapeutic".


3 Posts

:yeah: I worked psych for 18 years. Those who say they would not like psych do not understand the dynamics of a psych nurse. First you have to have a good sense of who you are. You are not empathising with people, but instead setting loving limits and teaching the value of a healthy life on medication that sometimes have unhealthy side effects. My psych patients taught me alot about myself. Currently I work as an ER nurse. I feel my psych background has made me a well rounded nurse.

Labor and delivery...boring

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