Most satisfying Nursing Specialties?

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    I would like your opinions on what nursing specialties appears to be the most satisfying. I am a firefighter paramedic looking to work part time as a nurse. I want to be able to go to work as a nurse and be happy and satisfied with what I am doing as well as the benefits that come with the specialty.
    I would also like to stay away from ER and ICU since they more closely relate to what I do in the EMS field. I don't want to get burned out. I may work the ER for a short while since I would be most qualified for that specialty.
    And I also really really don't want to insert foleys. Anything else I'm fine with.

    As far as work ethics. I like to be somewhat busy, I don't like sitting idle. I enjoy academics and research as well has higher stress/action. I like to be fully involved and not limited to only 1 aspect of a project or duty.
    Currently I'm leading towards cardiology since I have a high interest in the cardiovascular system.
    I am also considering be a school nurse at a University since I like school/academics.

    Salary or hourly pay is a factor in me choosing but its not everything

    Curious about general benefits, work hours, and other perks of different specialties.

    Any thoughts?
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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the answer will probably be different for everyone. Some people love LTC, some hate it. Some love ER, some prefer med surg. So, it would probably be best for you do figure out what specialty is most satisfying to YOU! Good luck!
    Meriwhen likes this.
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    Okay...

    Everyone is thinking this, but I have to ask.

    What is your problem with foleys?
    MassED, MinnieMomRN, waterlily777, and 2 others like this.
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    Insert a few foleys and they won't bother you anymore. In fact you'll get a little high/rush when you see that "liquid gold" return coming through the tube. Personally I like foleys because of the instant gratification.
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    Quote from John20
    Insert a few foleys and they won't bother you anymore. In fact you'll get a little high/rush when you see that "liquid gold" return coming through the tube. Personally I like foleys because of the instant gratification.
    I've tried 2 foleys.. haven't gotten any liquid gold yet.
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    Quote from dajulieness
    I've tried 2 foleys.. haven't gotten any liquid gold yet.
    Great. I was under the impression that it was a piece of cake...
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    Great. I was under the impression that it was a piece of cake...
    Both were on two little old ladies which I swear to god the meatus was non-existant.
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    Well, if foleys are out, bedside nursing is also out. Maybe you could find a place where UAPs are allowed to do them? Honestly, I'd venture to say ER nurses insert more foleys than most other departments at my facility.

    As for the most rewarding specialties, that varies not just by person but also by where they are in their career. Areas that appeal to you now may not hold any interest in a year or two. The idea of management might be appalling now but with some years of experience backing you it may become more attractive.

    Based on posts around here lately, sounds like the absolute best specialty for new grads is the one that's hiring....
    Joe33, MassED, Meriwhen, and 1 other like this.
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    The most satisifying speciality is the one you love working in. For me, it's psych. For someone else, it may be L&D. For another person, LTC. And guess what: we're all right
    MassED likes this.
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    Wow, it must be nice having your pick of jobs like that. The way I read it on this board, a lot of people would take any job. My area doesn't seem quite as bad, but there aren't a lot of "alternate" nursing jobs out there, mostly floor nursing. And even procedural type jobs have tons of applicants for one position.

    I thought it would be easy to switch areas once I was working, but I've been looking for over a year and have had a whopping two interviews for dozens of applications.


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