Being exposed to all types of patients during clinicals leaves a bad taste in my mouth

by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Columnist) Educator Columnist Innovator Expert Nurse

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

Hello! This is my first time doing something like this, but I'm feeling pretty lost in my journey Nurse Beth.

I would like to become a women's health nurse practitioner and I intended on taking the RN-MSN route but when I attended an info session for a potential ADN program, I was informed that I would be exposed to all types of patients during clinicals and that left a bad taste in my mouth LOL. Does every RN program expose you to every type of patient? and if so is there was an alternative route to help me reach my goals? Because my specialty only focuses on a specific patient base so some insight would be highly appreciated:)

Dear Feeling Lost,

You say "my specialty" but you do not have a specialty at this point. You are an undergrad.

Once you get your RN, you can specialize.

Every state requires nursing students to train a certain number of hours in each area- behavioral health, pediatrics, intensive care, Med-Surg, and so on. Trust the process.  Education, by design, and for good reason, goes from broad to narrow.

If the thought of seeing non-women's health patients is distasteful to you, see if you can job shadow a hospital nurse to get a more realistic idea of what nursing entails.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Jeff Keeth

Jeff Keeth, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Administration. Has 46 years experience. 7 Posts

Cannot for the life of me understand why you would think you could go through Nursing School & not work in ALL Nursing areas; or somehow get exempt. I'm baffled.Am I hearing you correctly? 

heron, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 50 years experience. 3,427 Posts

Your only option is lay midwifery. It has a VERY different scope of practice from an NP and may not even be legal in your state.

There are no shortcuts.


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience. 11 Articles; 17,510 Posts

In the U.S, nursing is taught as generalist role with exposure to basic nursing roles: medical surgical, geriatric, pediatrics, maternal -child, community health rather than specialist education with all states requiring education in these subjects to sit for the NCLEX licensing exam.  

It's best to job shadow an RN so you can understand the RN profession along with talking to various schools to choose the best nursing program  to fit you if you desire to persue nursing.