Are you a nurse/nursing student who also happens to find enough time in your life to blog??
First of all, congratulations.
Second of all, you ought to consider linking up with Paige and I! We love meeting other nurse bloggers. :) We pick different monthly themes to talk about (like a book club, kinda?) and we're always open to suggestions!
This month we're talking about our first nursing jobs (because Paige is fresh out of school and just went through the process of finding a job!) If you're already a nurse, tell us what your very first job was and what it was like. If you're a nursing student, tell us what you HOPE your first job is. :)
I was just finishing my associates degree and planning on finding a job to work part time at while I finished my bachelors. I applied to maybe 3 or 4 places and ended up interviewing with Madison Memorial Hospital, a small but adequate hospital in my college town, for their med/surg unit. It was a pretty competitive place to get into, since they always had new grads applying, but I was lucky enough to get a part time slot and started up.
This is the job where I first learned the tricks to putting in a NG (nasogastric) tube. This is the place where Mo went for his kidney stone. There was the time when I had my first run-in with a surgeon (some misunderstanding about a patient getting a catheter put in before surgery or in the OR). This is the place I learned what exactly a septic patient looked like. I learned the joy of hitting a vein on your try. And as I look back on this job, I realize how much I didn't know and how grateful I am to those wonderful, experienced nurses who kept an eye out for me and answered my never-ending questions.
(Quick story from the picture above: this was the night I dropped my ipod in the parking lot and it got run over by a car, but the very next day, someone on campus found it and emailed all the Anna's at school (because when you plug it in, it said "Anna's Ipod") and I correctly identified it and got it back! And it still works! Mo likes to remind me of this story and tells me "This is why we don't have nice things." The end.)
After working at my first job for a year, Mo and I were moving to the Boise area and I started applying for another position. I did a phone interview for a telemetry position and that became my second nursing job... and then I haven't left cardiac nursing since.
If my fortune cookie from last night is right, then it looks like I made the right choice. ;)