Hi, I'm danielle, and I'm 15 years old. I know I want to for sure go into the medical field but I'm not sure where to go from there. I love babies with a passion and I have been thinking NNP for a while now but I have been opening my eyes to other options as well. I was thinking l&d nurse or something in that order. The process of birth and bringing people into the world amazes me. I want to pursue a career involving babies during birth and the care of them before they go home. Could someone help me narrow down what I want to do? I have heard of PAs and other careers similar but I'm not sure where I should look into. Can anyone help me? Your advice would be great too
Id recommend taking an anatomy and physiology class..
Whatever section of a&p you enjoy the most and get a really high score in is probably the field for you to be honest.
Give everything a fair chance and you might find youre actually really well suited for another specialty.. Maybe you are crappy at reproductive and do better in genitourinary and renal.. Bam! A future in nephrology awaits..
Or maybe youll be really good at musculoskeletal.. Orthopaedic surgery might be your thing.. Or if you also love fitness it could move you in the physocal therapy/occupational therapy/rehab direction.
Not a foolproof strategy but a good place to start.. If youre not interested in the science behind it and all you want is to "bring new life into the world" frankly you might struggle/ wind up very disappointed.
Always remember you are a scientist first and foremost when you take on a career in patient care... Not just some extra pair of hands. Its like you're a singular neuron in the hivemind/collective brain we call a hospital.
Personally i found my niche in cardiology.. granted i still have to have alot of knowledge about other systems to do my job mind you... But the bulk of the stuff i gotta know comes sort of naturally to me. It makes sense and just sort of allows everything else to fall into place. If youre in a field that fits you well, you'll find yourself understanding your patients conditions, the actions of your physicians, the protocols in place, and how to prioritize your tasks a bit better. Thankfully i was able to explore my options and find where i was comfortable, as opposed to some of my peers who maybe tried to jump into this field for the whole adrenaline filled, 'here to save lives' bs logic.
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