Most satisfying Nursing Specialties?

  1. 0 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?
  2. Visit  ZDriver96 profile page

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    From 'Tampa'; 34 Years Old; Joined Aug '09; Posts: 7.

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  3. Visit  CrazierThanYou profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  PostOpPrincess profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  John20 profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  Forever Sunshine profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  CrazierThanYou profile page
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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...
  8. Visit  Forever Sunshine profile page
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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.
  9. Visit  pers profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  mappers profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  MinnieMomRN profile page
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    If you go cardiac, you'll do lots of foleys. Incont. patients on strict I&Os, and all... how could you not?
  13. Visit  Zookeeper3 profile page
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    I'VE GOT IT !!!!!! PACU... you have acute patients, sometimes very stable ones, a nice mix... you have them for an hour or two which is what you are used to... you have the skills to monitor the airway... the main priority here with circulation... then transfer them out... minimal documentation...

    PACU jobs are very difficult to get, but your experience will not prevent this... you simply do what you've already know and done... but the difference is you know what your getting, anesthesia gives you report, you have standing orders that you are used to and you stabilize and treat and ship.

    You'll see every single diagnosis post op and have and incredible new learning area that can take you anywhere.... but I doubt you'll ever leave it. Just look it up. I wish you well in your search.
  14. Visit  llg profile page
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    Foleys are rare in neonatal care. They are also rare in any outpatient work. But I agree with the others about foleys. Insertion is a technical skill that you can perfect with practice.

    The most satisfying area for any individual can only be found by actually spending a little time in that area. As you go through nurisng school and experience the different areas, some will appeal to you more than others -- and you might be surprised which ones appeal to you. It's common for pre-nursing students to think they want one thing -- but to find they prefer something else once they actually experience both of them.


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