That seems to be the question that I can't find the answer to. So, I thought I would ask for some advice. I am about to complete my ADN program and begin my career. Up to this point my focus has been to become an RN, and now that I am just about finished meeting that goal the question is... what is the next step?
My long term goal is to continue my education all the way to CNP, but I will be working on that over the next ten years. My immediate goal is to get my first job. I have had a lot of nurses tell me that the best plan is to spend a couple years on the medical floor to strengthen clinical skills and general knowledge. I have had the same amount of nurses tell me that I should figure out where I want to specialize and pursue a job there.
I would love to hear feedback form all of you as to whether or not you went straight into a specialty or not for your first job, and what you think where the advantages & disadvantages where.
Thanks for the feedback!