What should I do and is it smart?

  1. I've got a problem....right now I'm working in an ortho/observation unit and it's been good so far, but I was asked in all my interviews what my passion is. I didn't know what to say because I can have fun doing anything if the people I work with are nice and supportive. I loved OR, L/D, oncology, med/surg, NICU, ICU, everything but mental health so I never know what to tell them.
    I do want to be really good at everything, but is that a silly goal? Can someone reasonably be competant in all those areas?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   jill48
    No that's not silly at all. It's good that you are interested in so many different specialties. And that will make you very flexible. Just be honest in your interviews. When they ask me, I just list them all: geriatrics, med/surg, ortho, oncology, etc. etc. Your lucky to have that many interests. Some nurses like only one specialty. Good luck.
  4. by   bargainhound
    It is okay to say you want to be experienced in different areas.
    Years ago, there was a nursing magazine article urging nurses
    to not "specialize themselves out of a job".
    It is good to keep yourself current in more than one field of
    nursing. You do not have to have just one area that is your
    "passion".
    Last edit by bargainhound on Dec 29, '06 : Reason: punctuation.
  5. by   muffie
    join the float pool perhaps
  6. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from nursekatie22
    I've got a problem....right now I'm working in an ortho/observation unit and it's been good so far, but I was asked in all my interviews what my passion is. I didn't know what to say because I can have fun doing anything if the people I work with are nice and supportive. I loved OR, L/D, oncology, med/surg, NICU, ICU, everything but mental health so I never know what to tell them.
    I do want to be really good at everything, but is that a silly goal? Can someone reasonably be competant in all those areas?
    So your passion would be....taking care of people in a variety of clinical environments, perhaps?

    Yes, I've known nurses who were competent in more than a few clinical areas. That's one of the good things about nursing--the variety.

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