I don't know about you, but when I think of
nursing jobs, my initial thought is always
inpatient, in the hospital, at the bedside.
And while we'll explain in the next module
just how like incorrect and narrow-minded
that line of thinking is, it is definitely a
huge aspect of nursing.
Let's take a look at some of the most common
inpatient bedside nursing jobs, just to give
you an idea of what you maybe could see
yourself doing one day.
First, we have med surge, and I would just
like to squash the idea that you have to
start here in med surg, although it's never
a bad idea if you do.
I did. So obviously it's the best choice.
But if we're being honest, I only did so I
could hop over to the Pedes hospital
associated with it. But it's fine.
Med surg is a little bit of everything.
It is the medical and the surgical
admissions that do not require that higher
level of ICU care.
Your patients are sick, obviously, or they
wouldn't be in the hospital, but they're not
on ventilators and they usually don't
require one on one nursing ratios.
You usually have 4 to 8 patients depending
on your unit and
where you live. And if you work at a larger
hospital, the med surg floors will have
specialties. They focus on GI liver,
oncology, respiratory, transplant,
on and on. And if you work at a smaller
hospital, there's not as many patients.
So all of them are just kind of mashed
And I mean, that's a good learning
You'll see a ton of different things no
matter what in Med Surge, and some people
love that, and they stay forever, and thank
goodness for them and others.
They leave as soon as they figure out what
they like and what they don't like.
If you aren't sure what you want to do, this
can be a great place to start.
This is ideal for people who aren't sure
like what they like yet and what totally
grosses them out. People who enjoy a little
bit of chaos and people who want their
patients to be awake because they're going
to be very awake in med surge.
Let's go to the opposite end of the
spectrum, the ICU or the intensive care
unit. This is where the sickest of the sick
You usually only have one or two patients.
They are on a ton of drips.
They may be ventilated and require a ton of
small adjustments throughout the day.
This is a haven for people who enjoy details
being very organized and don't want
their patients to talk back to them very
much, if at all.
This is a much more high stress job in that
you'll see a lot of
death and just high stress situations.
Also, a lot of awesome recoveries, though,
which is a really cool flip side because you
get to literally bring people back to life,
but that's just something to kind of keep in
mind. You will see more death on these
Pediatrics, this is the best specialty of
them all, the place I spent my
favorite years as a nurse, the land of the
You either love or you hate peds, and you'll
probably figure it out immensely quickly in
clinical. I obviously loved it, but I
acknowledge that not everyone sees the world
of wonder that this patient population is
you are wrong if you don't see
that, but it's totally fine.
Moving on, we also have labor and delivery.
Another unit that I don't see the, we won't
My nightmare is basically what this unit is,
many people's heaven.
This is where the babies are delivered, and
the pregnant patients are monitored with
pregnancy complications and where people
recover for like a day or two
until we send them home after they have made
these beautiful babies, and they have no
idea what they're doing. This is a wonderful
for people who are very patient, can you tell
I am not, and enjoy a lot of patient
It's also really good for people who don't
pass out during surprise C-sections.
In case you can't tell if that was me, I
almost passed out in a C-section.
I was not proud. Someone caught me.
It was fine. Everything was fine.
But eat before you go to clinical, moral of
Moving on to the NICU or the neonatal
intensive care unit.
This is for the tiny preemies and the newest
This is a place of a lot of cuteness, but
many ups and downs
emotionally and in intensity as well.
It's hard to watch parents lose babies.
It's awesome to see them take them home
kicking and screaming, but not
all of them are going to get there.
And babies tend to be very, very dramatic
and go from being totally fine to like,
really not fine in a matter of seconds.
It requires precision and absolute love of
education. And it really is, it's a world
like unlike any other.
Next, the O.R., if you like technical
procedures more than you like
humans, this is for you.
Just kidding. But really, you do sometimes
have to talk to people before they go to
sleep. But this is your place.
If you are organized, and you don't really
like your patients to be awake, and you don't
mind looking at the inside of humans all day
And we cannot forget about our friends in the
The emergency department nurses are, they're
a mystery to me.
I love getting to know my patients and I
don't live for the thrill of nursing and the
ER is just a ball of never ending chaos
where you will learn so many skills,
interact with every single type of human,
with every single type of illness.
And you will never, ever, ever have two
shifts that are the same.
And just when you've sort of stabilized your
human, and you feel accomplished, then you
send them off upstairs to never see them
Like that sounds insane to me.
It's ideal for people who enjoy the high of
tackling a really acute situation, like a
trauma, that don't mind the chaos, that
don't need an ending to their patients
stories because they just get to stabilize
them and send them away, and they want to be
constantly thrown into new things.
I am sorry, ER nurses.
I really tried to make this sound great, but
I don't know how you do what you do.
But I really appreciate you for existing,
and thank you.
Now, there are more inpatient jobs out
there, but these are just the most
common. But what about if you can't imagine
yourself in the
hospital? Non-bedside jobs are coming up