When did you figure out your specialty?

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    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 apply for grad school.
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    Specialty is Med/Surg. I have always liked the caliber of these pt's. I have left the dept to float, only to miss it.
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    My specialty is Pediatrics. I knew before I went to nursing school that is where I wanted to be. You could not even pay me enough to work with adults!
    KelRN215 likes this.
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    My specialty is progressive care. I love it. I actually started here as a new grad. I think I eventually want to branch out into ICU.
    Peninah7 likes this.
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    What is progressive care?

    For me I loved working in emergency situations so I probably switch between ER and something else to keep me from burning out.
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    I work on an ICU floor at an LTACH. I've only been there for a couple months as a new grad. I must say that I've learned tons of things, but I'm not really feeling it too much. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either.

    So, when I get at least 6-8 months of experience I want to try ER and see how that goes.
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    Quote from KarenfRN
    My specialty is Pediatrics. I knew before I went to nursing school that is where I wanted to be. You could not even pay me enough to work with adults!
    Same. I've worked in multiple areas within pediatrics (pediatric hospital, boarding school, home care) but I never want to be an adult nurse... EVER.
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    My specialty is Maternal Child. I knew in nursing school. I thought prior to nursing school that I would like Peds best, but figured out that Maternal Child (L&D specifically) was my area. I hated med/surg. In fact, we were strongly encouraged to precept in med/surg (required to if our grades weren't very good) and I told the associate dean I'd quit nursing school if I had to do one more day of med/surg. I have 15 years of hospital experience under my belt, and am now doing public health home visits with pregnant women and first time moms. I really miss the hands on stuff, but I enjoy my new job, too.
    PinkNBlue likes this.
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    My first job was in Mother Baby which at the time was exactly what I wanted. I realized if I did want to go back to school for my NP degree, I'd want to work somewhere more challenging for me. I transferred to the NICU, and I love it!
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    Med/surg IS my specialty, though people don't always think of it that way. I'm always being asked, "When are you going to specialize?" The answer is, I'm sticking with med/surg!
    DeLanaHarvickWannabe, Peninah7, 0402, and 1 other like this.


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