What do you specialize in?

  1. Hi, I'm a newbie. -16, still a junior in HS- I am ignorant in knowing the many specialties in nursing. I'm only familiar with the baby unit, OR, ER, and uh...sorry to say, that's about it. I first considered the ER, but after my little nephew was born (3-29-03), I changed it to the baby unit.

    SOOOOOOOO....my question is --> What do you specialize in? Do you love it? I'm hoping that your answers will help my little naive head. I would be so grateful!!

    ***ok, ok...I forgot to ask......What exactly do you do on a typical day? *hee-hee* Yes, this will also help me more.....
    Last edit by lLiNAx on May 3, '03
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I specialize in OB/GYN and LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't see myself doing anything else for a while.
  4. by   jnette
    I do hemodialysis...for people whose kidneys have shut down or are only minimally functioning anymore. Love what I do, love my patients.
  5. by   Disablednurse
    I worked for 26 years before having to quit and I specialized in geriactrics, working in long term care. I loved working with the elderly and I learned from them everyday.
  6. by   laurasc
    Up until last week, pediatrics...been doing that for 10 years. Next week I start into family practice. I've worked in physicians offices for the past 10 years.

    Laura
  7. by   karenG
    I am a nurse practitioner in general practice..............and there is no such thing as a typical day!

    Karen
  8. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I work Surgical Intensive Care and Recovery Room.....each day is different. The only thing typical is when we sign off the narcotic count and order stock medications. I truely enjoy taking care of unstable patients after surgery and watching the progress as they recover or give me a patient on a ventilator with several intravenous medication drips and a cardiac monitor and I am as happy as a pig in a mud puddle!!! Adrenaline junkie to the core I am.
  9. by   ernurse728
    I work in the ED....we do everything!!!! I love every minute of it.
  10. by   dianah
    I work in a Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where we sedate and monitor patients undergoing cardiac catheterizations (to see if any coronary arteries are partially/fully blocked, from a heart attack or MI) and those having permanent pacemakers placed (for people who have trouble with the heart's electrical system not conducting as it should).
    I've worked in the Recovery Room, Surgical and Medical Intensive Care Units, the Newborn Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care, the "stepdown" units (where a patient goes when leaving ICU but not quite well enough to be on a regular floor) and the Radiology Department, helping with various diagnostic and interventional procedures.
  11. by   dazedandconfused
    I have two specialties. I am certified in rehabilitation, helping people recover from surgeries, strokes, and anything that might have kept them in the hospital for a long time. And Now I work in the Gastrointestinal unit, helping the doctors with proceeds all day. I agree with Karen there is no typical day in nursing
  12. by   Qwiigley
    I was a Pediatric Intensive Case nurse in a large Los Angeles teaching hospital. I am in the middle of furthering my education by gaining a masters degree and will then be doing Nurse Anesthesia. (CRNA) A typical day can depend upon where you work. You provide anesthesia in the OR, place epidurals for laboring women, or put someone to sleep for a face lift. Emergencies are common.... which directly reflects the pay increase CNRAs make above the average nurse.
    One anesthesiologist said, your job and your pay directly reflects how much "time" you have to look something up.
    For example, a doctor's office nurse makes the least. Very few emergencies. (very much needed, tho).... etc. A CRNA makes the most. Everyone else is somewhere in themiddle.
    The greatest part about nursing is that you will always have a job. (RNs) and that when or if you tire of something you can go into a completely different area of nursing. You can live everyday with a ton of excitment and autonomy or you can have a set sched with a predictable day planned days in advance. Whatever fits your personality, you can find in nursing.
    Lastly, but MOST important.... nursing is the only job out there where you make a difference in someones life in every aspect at every turn. Whether you are assisting a new baby into this world or assisting a hospice patient back home...You polish your halo daily.
    GOOD LUCK. Remember it is HARD work to become a nurse. But it is worth all of the tears, long nights studying and exhaustion.
    Someday, the world will realize what we really know and how hard we really work... some day......
  13. by   live4today
    I am a Cardiac Telemetry RN.....thus, my "beating heart" logo!

    I enjoy Cardiac patient care. I've worked many areas of nursing since 1987, and have enjoyed the majority of them. If I weren't working Cardiac, I'd seek a job on a post-op surgery floor because I also love doing pre and post op teaching to surgery patients.
  14. by   luvbeinganurse
    I work in private home care, mostly with geriatric people. I became a nurse because I wanted to be a nurse-midwife, but I ended up working with the older folks, and I wouldn't change a thing. I love my job! Every day is different. I am in peoples' homes as well as in the office, and no two days are alike.

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