What would you consider your "ideal" job?

  1. I once worked for a doc. named Tucker.
    he was into chemo development and had a lab and 21 beds on the second floor of this tiny clinic.
    He also had 21 staff per shift. No patient was ever alone.
    Then Intrifuron came, a bigger fish wanted it and they kicked doc. Tucker out of town.
    I once worked a weight loss clinic too. @ .25 a pound the nurses (12) would take 11/2 -2 ton a month off the streets of Michigan.
    Industrial is kool.
    Prison work isn't bad but the guards are the scary ones.
    Rehab isn't bad either.
    ER always kept my heart pumping.
    But psych. is an automatic pilot for me.
  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   bestblondRN
    I don't remember seeing this subject discussed before, and I am curious as to what all of you would define as your "ideal" job. Would it be in nursing? What area would you be in? What would the staffing be like? What would make it an ideal job for you--i.e.--philosophy, practice standards, peer relationships, etc., etc......? I'm looking forward to hearing from y'all!
  4. by   B.Wilhelm
    This may sound really crazy but my ideal job would bw working on a ranch in the west. Maybe in Montana, Wyoming, or Texas. I love Texas. Especially San Antonio area.
  5. by   prmenrs
    My ideal job would be the one I have without JCAHO, "documentation", peer review, budget constraints, etc. Less challenging, perhaps, but more fun!
  6. by   Jenny P
    I've been in my current job (staff nurse, CV-ICU) for 22 years because it was my ideal job. I think, though, that in the past maybe 2 years, it has changed and now I'm no longer excited to go to work because it has become so much harder to be a nurse during this time. Patients are older and sicker, we are short staffed more often, and although we still staff at ratios of 1:2 or 1:1, the atmosphere is tenser than it used to be because the assignments are heavier and harder now. We do computerized charting which is easier than the old paper method, and I like Pyxxus (sp?) for meds because I can look up and see "when DID I give that med I forgot to chart?" I still enjoy the learning part of the job; it's just that there isn't the time to do as much of it as I would like.
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    I think that my ideal job would have to be in a doctors office (especially an OB/GYN doc). No weekends, holidays, or working off shifts. Plus with all the drug reps that go to doctors offices to push their drugs, think of all the FREE cool pens that I would get. And luncheons too! A family friend is a recepionist in a clinic and gets all kinds of goodies--t-shirts, clocks and pens galore and she tells me that they are always getting a free lunch!

    First though, I need to get some L/D postpartum experience under my belt as I have been doing Med/Surg for the entire 4 years that I have been an RN. I like med/surg but do not forsee myself doing it forever.

    Doctors offices dont generally pay as well as hospitals do but I think that it would be a lot less srtessful than floor nursing in an acute care hospital. I have done LTC nursing as well and geriatrics is not my cup of tea.

    Oh well, maybe when I am like 40 or 50 I will get a job in a doctors office. By then I should have my student loans paid off!

  8. by   rn2003
    I am a student just starting clinicals, and my ideal job would be in an NICU. I am so fascinated by those little guys!!!
  9. by   Ted
    From a nursing profession point of view, I'm currently working my "ideal job" for a 5-bed CCU at a very small community hospital. Don't know how long it's going to last, though . . . tonight, the hospital has a total of 8 patients (two of which I'm caring for in the CCU). As stated in another posts, the patient to nurse ratio is probably the best I'll ever experience as a nurse, so I'll enjoy it while it lasts!!!

    However . . . my "ideal job" would be working full-time at my entertainment production company writing lots of music. Although I would still want to work part time as a staff nurse for a hospital like the one I'm working for now. I absolutely love nursing under my current working conditions.

    Still, though, what's an "ideal job"? I've worked many different types of jobs with many different types of people under many different types of working conditions. I've found the grass is never greener on the other side. . . there's always been positives and negatives with every job I've worked. Even if I worked full-time for my entertainment production company, the stress of alway finding work in such a tight market (as the entertainment market is) would be a big negative.

    Actually, I think I'm experiencing the best balance between two very wonderful professions . . . the nursing and entertainment professions. The nursing profession pays the bills, and the entertainment profession generates the bills.

    I had a job once commuting to New York City to sell home-made baked goods (didn't make them, just sold them) outdoors in the Farmer's Market (down in Union Square for those of you who live in Manhattan). It was a "no-brainer" selling extremely high-priced items to people willing to pay for them. The job was a hoot and the people fun to talk to!!! The stories I could tell from that job alone . . . but that's another topic thread.

    Ted Fiebke
  10. by   kaycee
    Working outside in the garden all day. Owning my own greenhouse and helping people select plants for a beautiful garden of their own.

    I've been in nursing for 26yrs. I like what I do (ER) but nursing of any kind would never be my ideal job at this stage of my life.
  11. by   3651bht
    Either a country and western singer or a top fuel eliminator drag racer... Anyone know of any openings... Just remember Naomi Judd....
  12. by   Dplear
    Being a guy and all I would have to say my ideal job would be polishing the brass pole that the dancers use on stage at the nudie bar...LOL....
  13. by   CEN35
    yeah.........okkkkkkk whatever
  14. by   CashewLPN
    my ideal job would be to be one of the iron chef's, or be a castmember in the rocky horror show on b-way...