Life As A Nurse: One Decision, A Thousand Possibilities
I am a rational person.
I am a mature adult.
I detest USC.
I will detest USC forever.
I detest their football team.
I detest their band.
I detest their cheerleaders.
And now, in spite of the fact that I am going through all four stages of grieving at once, I shall attempt to turn my attention to my honorable profession. Thank you.
I sometimes find it funny that ol' Cherry had so many different jobs as a nurse. I mean, whoever does that? Then I started to think about all the jobs in nursing that I've had. If a book series was written using my career as a guide you'd have:
- Medical/Surgical Nurse
- Coronary Care Nurse
- Telemetry Care Nurse
- Intensive Care Nurse
- Nurse Preceptor
- Psychiatric Nurse
- Pediatric Telephone Advice Nurse
- Emergency Department Nurse
- Charge Nurse
- Nurse Blogger
The point is, as a nurse, you have the option of doing anything you want to do. On the Choose Nursing website there is a poster I was unable to reproduce here that states, "Nursing: One Choice, A Thousand Opportunities". I cannot think of another profession that offers the flexibility and variety of nursing.
There are some nurses who will work all of their career in one hospital. Others will travel the country, experiencing a new environment every couple of months. Others will work per diem in many facilities at once. Some will find their niche early on, others will experiement with new specialties as their interests change. It's all good.
Back in ancient times (when Disco ruled the world and nurses made $7.00 an hour), it was believed that nurses should pay their dues with at least a year on a med/surg floor before before being considered for any specialty. Now there are new graduate programs for emergency, intensive care, neo-natal intensive care and I've even seen some programs for labor and delivery.
With nurse/patient ratios being defined and salaries/benefits at an all time high, it's a good time to be a nurse. With all the opportunities out there, it's a great time to be entering the profession.
(I just realized that if I, God willing, am able to work until the age of 70, I will have been a nurse for 50 years. Oy vey!)