I am just about to endeavor on my great adventure as a nursing student this coming fall. I'm both excited and scared all at the same time. Being an older entrance student will do that to you!
I am wondering as RPN/LPN can one specialize to work in certain departments or are you just a 'free agent' when you have this role? I don't know which department this journey will take me. My overall goal is to work within a hospital.
I am also on the wait list for the local BScN course. I should hear by end May to mid June if I have got in or not. But for right now I am registered to start in the RPN program.
Any insight for me?
Apr 4, '13
by joanna73 Guide
This is an exciting time! My advice would be to concentrate on learning the basic principles and skills while you're in school. Take advantage of every learning opportunity possible.
No matter where you decide to specialize later on, you need to understand the nursing process in addition to clinical skills. Communication is also essential.
I have had varied learning experiences as a student, mainly medicine and acute nursing which has served me well working in charge in LTC. I never imagined I would enjoy LTC, but I do. I'm now looking to move into other areas of nursing, but I'm flexible. My post RN certification is in geriatrics, but I will continue to gain additional certs depending where I work next. I'm now entering my third year of nursing....many more to go probably.
Nursing is a continual learning process. Enjoy school, but try to find a system of organization that works for you. Everyone is different.
We were all excited and scared, too, but once you start gaining some confidence...you get through it. Many of us were mature students as well.
Last edit by joanna73 on Apr 4, '13