Advice on Choosing Capstone

  1. Hi,
    I am having a hard time deciding where to do my capstone. I have this summer to decide but am very confused on how to determine where to do it. I've been told do it on a unit you want to do but will never get to do or just do whatever you want. Well first, I am a very terrible decisive person. Here are my dilemas.

    1) After a certain crisis and vision (I know odd), I had I was determined to do Pediatric Oncology however....
    2) My husband and I are planning on moving to rural location after I graduate from nursing school so there won't be such a unit as Pediatric Oncology...... so then I got myself asking, should I do Med/Surg to benefit me for a job when I move to this place?
    3) Now last dilema, I have very much enjoyed my L&D clinicals and would be planning on doing my Women's Nurse Practitioner/ Nurse Midwife in the near future so that is another option...ugh

    So if there is any advice from anyone that would sooooooo much appreciated. I would be very grateful.
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  3. by   JSBoston
    I'm sure others will have different opinions, and could be better than mine But here's what I would do...

    I'd go for a capstone in L&D. It'll be easier to get into medsurg as a new grad than L&D, so the capstone will help you get into L&D, but it probably won't make a difference for Med/Surg.

    As for the pediatric onc, that's so specialized, you might even want med/surg/peds in general or just basic oncology before heading to that specialty, but others have gone straight for it and they have been fine. But if you're moving to a more rural area, you'll want to see what is available there.

    Even ICU would be awesome, and could possibly look good to a NM in med/surg. But it would do little for your other interests.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Roskarin
    Thank you soooooooooo very much Julie, you have truly helped me decide. You are very wise on how you broke it down.