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Favorite specialty? Why?


Hi Everyone,

I was asking this question because I am curious to see how you all discovered what your favorite specialty is and why. I am having a hard time with my own decisions of what specialties I like or would want to try. So, I am just looking to see how any of you decided on a specialty and knew that was the one for you!


cardiacfreak, ADN

Specializes in Hospice.

I have only worked cardiac and now hospice. I have to say hospice is my favorite because I actually am able to get to know my patient and spend quality time getting to know them. I have much more autonomy than when I worked at a hospital. I saw a lot of bad deaths at the hospital and there is something special about making sure someone is comfortable and peaceful and with loved ones when they take their final breath.

dracarys bsn, BSN, RN

Specializes in L&D, Epic IT. Has 17 years experience.

From a young age I knew I wanted to be in OB. My grandfather was an OB, so it was in my blood. My OB rotation solidified my decision, but getting into a specialty as a new grad is almost impossible. I did my year of med-surg and then was able to get into OB. I did it for 7 years. Now, you could not pay me enough to go back.

Silver_Rik, ASN, RN

Specializes in Perioperative / RN Circulator. Has 1 years experience.

Although I've complained about my struggles, OR nursing was one of my top 2 choices through nursing school and I really don't want to do anything else.

I love the interaction and coordination with the team: surgeons, surgical techs, anesthesia, circulator plus residents, students, and equipment techs.

I love that I get to witness so many different procedures and play a role in seeing that they're done on time and safely.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

Psych nursing is hands down the best position for me and I love it. I've been doing it for the past 10 years. I love when we see a severely psychotic individual clear up on medication most of our patients come back from time to time. They become like lost family members. I will never forget tje lessons in compassion that my patients have taught me.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

I adore being a Nurse Educator and Patient Literacy Specialist. I get to help nurses grow their practice and I get to help teach all healthcare professions on how to better communicate with their patients. It is incredibly fulfilling with tons of autonomy, respect, collaboration and I get paid very well.

aok7, NP

Has 12 years experience.

Nephrology. Autonomy. Develop relationships with patients. Relatively high acuity with a lot of learning opportunity in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.


Combines fast acute nursing with the softer side of human relations. If you get a hospital that gives the right staffing levels, it can't be beaten.

The courage of some of the patients has taught me so much.

And the ease of port-a-caths! I think I'd die if I had to go back to siting peripheral IV's all the time!


Specializes in SRNA. Has 7 years experience.

I was a traveller before I went to school, and I've worked everything from burn to same day surgery/post op recovery. the best for learning in my opinion was surgical intensive care unit. the easiest and most relaxing was same day/post op by far.