I'm not sure how to start this off without sounding so freaking arrogant or something so I do apologize if I come off in a way that sounds like I think I'm too good or better than others - I do not.
I get bored very easily, and need to be challenged and need to keep challenging myself. I am that "high IQ" person. I am that person who was told by all the nurses and teachers who get to know me that "you are too smart". When I told one of my teachers I was accepted in an internship on a medical-surgical floor she scowled and I asked "what is that not good?" and she said "someone with your IQ should be in a more challenging area". Now that I'm finished with my internship, I think that it had been good for me. I learned how to manage my time. But still, it was only when I had done everything the nurse would do (under supervision) of 6 patients plus one admission and one discharge and 2 very difficult patients that I really was excited by the experience, of constant going from one task to another, and felt challenged where I had to make "nursing judgements". (in quotes because I am not a nurse yet).
I was sure that I would go into psychiatric NP. Then I wondered if I'd get bored. And I also wondered if that's what I should do because I did like the patient population on the medical surgical floor so much (I liked the variety)
So I have an interview for a residency program where I am to tell them the area that I would like to specialize in. They set it up so that I would be on that unit for 6 months, and then another 6 months would be experiencing different areas, while in the residency.
I also want to apply to graduate schools
, and can't decide what program.
I'm sure there are a lot out there like me! Can you tell me what specialty you are happy working in please?
Aug 22, '17
Quote from cayenne06
You can find endless opportunity to flex your cognitive muscles, no matter the specialty. Just depends on how much of yourself you are willing to devote to it. Find a job/career path that excites you, and if you follow it ruthlessly enough you will find yourself challenged to the limits of your intelligence quotient. If you love the elderly but are worried you won't be happy as a floor RN at a SNF, then become a case manager or a geriatric NP, or specialize in hospice, etc. For example.
There is your answer. Any specialty can be a challenge if you get deeply enough into it. So follow your heart and pick the type of patient that you care about the most and that you will be willing to challenge yourself for. Then find a job working with that patient population in a supportive environment. Make the transition from student to professional ... and once you are comfortable fulfilling the staff nurse expectations, reassess and decide which job will suit you for the next stage of your career. Start going deeper and you will find challenge no matter where you look. It's just a matter of figuring out what you enjoy.
Also, remember that there are many different types of challenges. Some situations are challenges to our logical problem-solving abilities, some challenge our emotional maturity. Others challenge our information organization abilities or our memorization abilities. Some challenge our perceptive abilities. Others challenge our creative abilities ... or our discipline ... etc. Nursing careers can challenge your abilities in many different ways. You'll be happier if you recognize and appreciate the potential to grow in many different aspects and not just in the ones you have focused on in school.
Last edit by llg on Aug 22, '17