New RN phone home?
My last blog, I wrote about what you should do to try to get hired in your ideal unit. Lots of people have opinions about where you should start, some “old school” thinking as I like to call it, is that new grad nurses shouldn’t go into specialty areas. I disagree with this though for a couple reasons. One, EVERY floor is a specialized floor now. There is no general med-surg anymore, all floors usually have some kind of emphasis: Diabetes, HIV, Neuro. You would then end up in a career that is just as specialized as starting in the ICU or ER! Two, patients are a lot sicker now than they were fifteen plus years ago. Think about it, back in “The Day” the patients who are currently on our Med-Surg floors would have been on a telemetry unit, telemetry patients would have been in the ICU and ICU patients would have been dead! Our technology has come a looooooong way and our nursing has caught up with it—meaning, it is pretty rare to find a true jack-of-all-trades med-surg floor these days. So don’t be deterred, go out there and find your utopia! But what if you don’t know what your ideal unit is? Don’t fret my pet! Find a hospital that you like and see what they have available. You might be surprised what floors make you feel at home!
Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
By Rebekah Child