Im having one of what I'm sure will be many professional development conundrums, maybe you can help:
My goal is to get into critical care (ED or ICU), but I need to get into a med/surg unit for a couple years until I take on that kind of challenge. The local hospitals are all either extremely competative for Graduate Nurse positions, or else I don't fit in with their local "culture" and get catty/evasive responses from HR drones. I feel I should point out that I personally think I'm great at interviewing, although in the past I've mainly interviewed for sales and engineering jobs.
Anyway, at the large state mental hospital that I've been writing about previously, it seems like RNs, instructors and administrators alike think I'd fit in great there and actively want me to work there. 50ish an hour. Boosh. I think I'd be great at it, and I think a lot of the computer skills I'll bring with me will really help out the RNs a great deal.
The thing is, the longer I spend in the Forensic Psych setting, it seems like I'll be getting further and further from my goal of critical care and DNP. I feel like I'm barely keeping my shiz together in acute med/surg clinicals as it is, and the problem is that I don't get enough -practice-. I can't pick this up doing it a couple times a week, with training wheels on. I need to be doing this every day to really pick up the skills I'm after. It doesn't seem like I'll get those in a forensic psych setting (or general psych, or even acute detox).
Still, There's valuable experience that I was planning on gaining in Psych at some point anyway, and if they really want me there right out of school, why fight it? Maybe its better this way, my classmates who are jumping right into the technically challenging nursing fields already have LPN or PCT experience, which I lack. Maybe this is just a way I can ease myself into practice.
I don't want to get stuck there, is the thing, and state forensic nursing jobs are sweet, sweet deals. Benefits, pay, vacation, any way you want to measure it, I'll be taking a Big Cut when I resume persuing my professional goals, which include Travel and trying out a lot of different fields (I'm a Synthesizer, at heart, it's true).
What I know for sure is that I can't do nothing, and if this is what I'm stuck with, I'll try to make the best of it.
What I need to know is how to leverage this into furthering my goals. If I took a per-diem med/surg job I think I'd have the same problem I'm having now in clinicals. A couple days a week isn't enough to really make the techniques and flow sink in for me. I really want to get certified as a paramedic anyway, maybe doing that while I'm a Psych RN will help build my assessment skills and prepare me for a critical-care RN role.