I will be a soon to be nursing student in just a few months, and have just had the lightbulb moment of what kind of nurse I want to be!
I have always been interested in young women's health, sexual education, prevention, counseling, and community involvement.
I have volunteered at a hospital for a year in such departments as ICU, med-surge, ER and L&D, where I thougt I would fid my niche in L&D, but did not. I'm more interested in young women/teens and helping them before they get pregnant.
What do I do from here? I will graduate with an ASN, and am also trying for a scholarship which will lock me into a 2yr contract at that same hospital if I'm chosen as well.
However, after my ASN...what do I further my career goals on? Majoring in Community health? Womens health? Do I need a BSN? I would ultimately like to ubtain a MSN and perhaps become a NP is something like a Planned Parenthood?
Any suggestions? I'm very excited about thsi lightbulb moment! I always knew what I enjoyed, but never knew what it was called. I also plan on trying to see if I can volunteer/intern at local organizations or planned parenthoods over the next few years as well.
Thank you for the advice,
Hey there, like the OP, I would also like to work in community health. The thought of working in the hospital for 2-3 years to gain "experience" is common new nurse sense, but ...I want to try to avoid it if possible!
My ideal job would be to work in a large outpatient clinic and be able to do work in epidemiology.
However, given the job climate nowadays, I am not sure where to turn for my first job experience. I have considered nursing home as a good entry to the community medicine field. Most places don't seem to hire w/o experience. Working in primary care setting for the hospital experience as this would be a good segway to community health as well, but I haven't seen very many posting for these positions!
Last edit by fayemotuy on May 18, '10