Need help choosing specialty

  1. Hi,
    I'm a relatively new nurse (1.5 years experience). Over the next few months, I have to make a decision what university to attend. I am going for my bachelor's and then would like to continue to master's level. I am having trouble deciding on a specialty. First, although I enjoy direct patient contact, I am not thrilled with bedside nursing. I would like help choosing myy specialty. My ideal job would offer the following:
    1) no nights, weekends, holidays required, but optional
    2) 8-12 hour work days
    3) good benefits
    4) fast pace
    5) managerial duties
    6) using at least some nursing skills
    7) pays enough to pay for a 3-bedroom house in a safe neighborhood, a non-luxury car/SUV, my 3 children's college, 2-week annual vacation
    8) small to medium size company, any type, i.e. corporate, hospital, government
    9) mostly autonomous
    10) mostly dealing with people 7years - seniors
    11) opportunity to learn, teach, interact with staff

    What should be my specialty and where can I work? Does anyone have a job that covers most, if not all, of the above described? I would like to hear your opinions. Thanks!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   llg
    Nursing staff development.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Get some more experience under your belt and see what you like and want to do, and your specialty will find you. What one person loves, the other will hate.
  5. by   samaletta
    What about Nurse Practitioner?
  6. by   Trube
    Believe me, you don't want to try and specialize without gaining experience in an area first. For me, as a FNP (X 1 year now), I am looking at specializing, but am maintaining my family practice position, as to not lose skills.

    The odd thing is that once you find something you really enjoy, even those occasional nights and weekends don't bother you as much.
  7. by   Pneumothorax
    Quote from laRN1
    Hi,
    I'm a relatively new nurse (1.5 years experience). Over the next few months, I have to make a decision what university to attend. I am going for my bachelor's and then would like to continue to master's level. I am having trouble deciding on a specialty. First, although I enjoy direct patient contact, I am not thrilled with bedside nursing. I would like help choosing myy specialty. My ideal job would offer the following:
    1) no nights, weekends, holidays required, but optional
    2) 8-12 hour work days
    3) good benefits
    4) fast pace
    5) managerial duties
    6) using at least some nursing skills
    7) pays enough to pay for a 3-bedroom house in a safe neighborhood, a non-luxury car/SUV, my 3 children's college, 2-week annual vacation
    8) small to medium size company, any type, i.e. corporate, hospital, government
    9) mostly autonomous
    10) mostly dealing with people 7years - seniors
    11) opportunity to learn, teach, interact with staff

    What should be my specialty and where can I work? Does anyone have a job that covers most, if not all, of the above described? I would like to hear your opinions. Thanks!

    wow..you've really got it all planned out!
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