Friday, April 08, 2005
Residency Toss-UpAs any nursing grad knows, finding the perfect residency is about as tough as getting into nursing school in the first place. I'm lucky to live in a top-twenty city with some seriously great hospitals. I have a great deal of selection in where I can go now that I've begun looking.
I am sort of torn in a few directions as to which path I'd like my career to take form this point. I'd love to be an ED nurse, and maybe someday a flight nurse. I'm working in the ICU/CCU right now, and a residency in CCU would be a really great chance to learn (and with some great people, too!). BUT I liked the ED when I worked down there last summer even better. If you've got good CCU experience, flight nurse jobs could be much easier to get. It's just that CCU is a bit boring - even as large as we are, and with the acuity of cases we see. I love the adrenaline rush of the ED. I love the experience I'd get in the CCU. I'm torn.
I was at a rally the other night for a levy to support the hospital and the CCU manager sort of casually asked me if I had chosen where I wanted to have residency. I told her that as much as I liked working with the people in CCU, I didn't know if it was a good place for a new grad. I told her nurses up there were the 'top guns' of nursing, and even though a few of them said they thought I could handle it, I wasn't so sure myself. She looked at me sort of like she was surprised. I wish I had it on video so that I could see the look on her face and check again, becuase I sort of got the feeling she would have said 'yes' without hesitation to my being up there. I am probably overly self-critical. Certainly already working there has given me a lot of knowledge about how things are.
The next day I was at another function and met up with my old manager from the ED. I told her I wanted to make an appointment to talk with her about a residency, and she seemed like she thought that would be a great idea, and we talked a bit more about family and other things. I know both of them like me, and now comes the hard part. Do what I like (ED), or do what would probably be best for my career in the long run (CCU). Sigh. The one thing I do know is that I would absolutely HATE med-surg. I'm really an adrenaline junkie.
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