HELP!!!! I cannot decide on what specialty..

  1. I am a 1st yr student who is really into the nedicinal part of nursing. However I am unable to thinkof what I would like to specialize in. I want the area that will pay what we are worth and what we have put into the studies and things. Would love to hear from ALL areas of nursing and please tell me what the pay scale is like. I am going for my LPN then my RN then my PA.
    Thanks to you all.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   ratchit
    Umm.. I don't mean to burst your bubble but:

    You should get out of school and work with patients before you try to decide what specialty (if any!) you enjoy the most. A great nursing home nurse gets as much respect from a decent attending MD as a great ICU nurse. The point is you need to be good at something to be respected for it and you won't be good at something unless you enjoy it.

    Why are you planning to go for an LPN then an RN then a PA? LPN to Rn I can see but PA's are a different animal altogether. Nothing wrong with them- I have worked with great ones and horrible ones, just like in any other field. But if that is what you want why are you taking so many middle steps?

    I don't know- maybe something you are thinking isn't coming across in your message but it looks like you want a white coat and some prestige more than a nursing career. You can have both- but not if you enter the field already seeing it as something "less than" a PA.

    Ratchit
    (ICU Nurse, Boston MA)

  4. by   Susabella
    To the nurse that just responded to this ~
    The attitude can be left else where. I was merely stating that I am interested in all fields... I was wanting emails and responses that are describing there area of work. When my son got ill i decided after being a home mommy for 11 yrs to go back and get my degree. I am taking baby steps because that is the path I choose to follow. I feel it will allow me to better my self... I have decided on what path and there is no need to explain what choices i make to anyone.
  5. by   Genista
    Hello!
    Well,I have to agree with the last post. When I was a new grad, I didn't know what I wanted to specialize in either! I went for a med/surg position because I thought it would be a good starting point. (Boy, was I right). It was a valuable foundation! Just pick something that interests you and try it out. You can always change specialties later.As a new grad, you need the practical experience.No matter where you work... be it med/surg, long term care, OB, clinic, etc.-you will learn a lot. I think I learned more on my first year med/surg than I did in several years of nursing school! ;-)

    Also,I couldn't help but notice your comment about "going from LPN to RN to PA." (My goodness-how insulting!) Oops! Don't you mean, "going from LPN to RN to NP?" Ha ha. (Now that's my bias showing!) PAs have their place,too, but I think the NP role has it all- a bit of medicine mixed w/ the human caring of nursing. Please don't get caught up in the game of "alphabet soup, " where you try to bolster your self esteem with various degrees and credentials to flash at your coworkers and associates. Instead, focus that energy on being the best LPN (or RN or whatever)you can be and strive to become more educated, caring, and clinically proficient.You will be worth your weight in gold and have the respect of your patients, healthcare staff, and improve your self esteem to boot! Good luck in your job search. You will find your niche with time.Please let us know how it goes.
    ~Kona2
  6. by   Susabella
    Thanks for responding.. yes I meant the NP!!!!! I was typing in a hurry and I was
    not watching due to my son. I agree. I am rying out Ob part of it. I did my clinical with the labor and delivery and fell in love.... So I am reading and learning more...
    thanks for your comments..... I am going to fix my add!!!!
  7. by   ltm
    LUCKILY, nursing school is not like med school where you have to specialize before you graduate. That is why you are exposed to different varieties of nursing while in school. Even if you choose a specialty now, there is no guarantee that you will love it for life or even work in that area only. That's the great thing about nursing, you can do just about anything that you want. I am a BSN student in my last semester of my program. i love ob to death, but i want to get my skills refined, so i may work in med/surg for a year before applying for an ob position. i also love critical care nursing. The possibilities are vast, but you will find your niche. i remember watching my first vaginal delivery and the feeling that i got was incredible. from that point i knew for sure that ob was what i wanted upon graduation. i want to be a certified nurse midwife, but i need at least three years of experience before applying to that program. Another thing, its not about the money, its truly about what makes you happy. you will always have a great paying job as a RN. so best of luck in your program and don't be so defensive. i truly think that ratchit was confused about you wanting to go from a LPN to a RN to a PA, when you meant NP.

    ltm
  8. by   markbeer
    Hi
    I'd suggest taking your time and have a look at as many specialities as you can before deciding. If you get experience in most areas this will make you a more rounded nurse.
    Cheers
    Mark www.rnld.co.uk
  9. by   Susabella
    Thank you to all that have responded. I am not in it for the pay.... I am in it for the love of medicine and the care I want to help those who need it. Granted the money is nice but it is the science of it that makes me love it. I agree with you~ my first delivery was awesome.I helped my god son come to this world and I actually "delivered " him, The nursed were out talking about what they were going to do after work and I kept telling them she is ready and when i called the nurse the baby was already head out and needed to be suctioned. That is when I knew OB was my area.... I know how NOT to be as a nurse.....That showed me how in-sensitive they were.....I have that vivid image now so when I am with my patient, I will not do that.
  10. by   NightOwl
    You can find pay scales all over this board it is a hot topic. Ranges from $11.-$26. an hour. Mostly you will find to in acute care it doesnt matter if you are in the ICU or Med/Surg you would get the same pay. Very few hospitals pay extra for the units.
    Good luck on finding an area that people feel they are making what they are worth, I havent seen that yet. But in reality we all would like to make more money no matter what the profession, its not just nursing.

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    TAKE IT LITE
  11. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by Susabella:
    I am a 1st yr student who is really into the nedicinal part of nursing. However I am unable to thinkof what I would like to specialize in. I want the area that will pay what we are worth and what we have put into the studies and things. Would love to hear from ALL areas of nursing and please tell me what the pay scale is like. I am going for my LPN then my RN then my PA.

    Well I can tell you that when I started the nursing program I had intended on going into OB. But.....once I started my clinical portion of classes, I was very undecided. Don't make the decision until you have seen all aspects of nursing, there is so much for nurses these days. Take time to be sure what you want, and down the road if you decide to change that decision, well I feel it was never "wrote in stone" to begin with.

    Thanks to you all.
  12. by   ChristinaP
    If you are interested and have the time, spend 6 months in each area of nursing in a large hospital. To be a Flight Nurse one has to complete 6 months in the ER, OR, Nursery, OB....You may find your calling along the way. If you like independence try Home Health Nursing? Good luck to you and remember...Nurses eat thier young!
    Originally posted by Susabella:
    I am a 1st yr student who is really into the nedicinal part of nursing. However I am unable to thinkof what I would like to specialize in. I want the area that will pay what we are worth and what we have put into the studies and things. Would love to hear from ALL areas of nursing and please tell me what the pay scale is like. I am going for my LPN then my RN then my PA.
    Thanks to you all.
  13. by   ratchit
    Sorry bout the long delay in responding- work has been crazy. (Isn't it always? )

    Suzabella-
    I didn't mean to insult your ambitions. Saying you want to advance in nursing practice (Rn to NP) is a very different animal than inferring nursing is a step on the way to something "better" (RN to PA.) Perhaps I came across a tad strong, but it's an important difference.

    FYI- I am known as a willing preceptor and as someone who loves to foster and support new nurses. I remember what it was like to have experienced nurses be abusive just because I didn't have their 20-year knowlege base right out of school- and that is an attitude I refuse to perpetuate. I hate the garbage of nursing but love being a bedside nurse and get irritated when people infer we are "just" nurses.

    Best of luck in pursuing your NURSING career.. Let me know if you need any morale boosting along the way.

    Ratchit

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