When did you figure out your specialty? - page 4

by tortorRN | 4,157 Views | 33 Comments

Just out of curiosity, how long did you guys take until you found your specialty? And what was your specialty you chose. I want to be a NP someday and I was thinking about how long I should work as an RN before I began to... Read More


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    I've known what area I want to work in since I was 15. ER is where I ultimately want to end up due to pt turnover. My mum is a med/surg nurse at a private hospital and the stories she tells me just make me more sure. I want to be able to see myself in 10yrs still enjoying my job
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    An independent nursing consultant can be many things to many people. I mostly consult to the legal world on nursing and medical matters, doing chart reviews to help attorneys understand what they say and mean, serving as an expert witness on nursing standards of care if they are applicable in a case, and preparing and critiquing life care plans. These folks want nursing expertise and sometimes are astonished to hear what we come up with. I could tell you stories of cases that were thought to be open-and-shut and turned out to be something entirely different (usually much bigger) once a nurse got into the records and read them ... I also know how to look up the applicable resources (like Medicare rules for patient safety), actual costs of goods and services, and so forth; sometimes it's even important to know they exist.

    You would have to have a very solid and extensive nursing background to do this sort of work-- it's totally not something I could have done as a fresh-faced mid-twenty-something, or even a thirty-something. Now, though, with mumblemumble years since I graduated from college I have done a lot and seen a lot more. So it's understandable that I can be of use to someone who really needs clarity on the issues to make decisions, whether it's how to proceed in a legal case (plaintiff or defense) or how to plan to make the money last in a trust case.

    If this looks like something you want to think about when you have some gray hair, look up certified nurse life care planning (CNLCP), legal nurse consulting (LNCC), and insurance case management.


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    I can't remember a time that I DIDN'T want to work in OB. And since I've been there, I cannot imagine a better place. It is so fulfilling to teach new parents how to care for their new baby and believe it or not, there are challenges as more mom's come in sicker. So I just love the stereotypes OB nurses get, that we don't do anything. @@ I love my job and couldn't ask for anything better. <3
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    Quote from joanna73
    Ha! I say the same about peds. I would give up my license if peds was the only option. That's the great thing about nursing. There is something for everyone
    Me too! I am NOT a kid person


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