So happy it's almost over but how many times have I heard "What do you want to do, or Where do you want to work". I still don't know. Shouldn't I know by now? Has it been everyone's experience that med-surg is a better place to start out to get your feet (skills) under you and then later move to a speciality area? I have no previous medical background prior to nursing school. Do you think this will hurt me for interviews?
Thanks in advance
Apr 18, '03
It's not the end of the world that you still don't know where you want to work. Many, many years ago when I graduated, I didn't know for sure. I had a few ideas, but had not settled on just 1.
To help you decide ... were there any clinical experiences in school that you really did NOT like? Sometimes, it's easier to rule out a few things to narrow the field of possibilities before trying to pick just one thing. For example, I knew I hated adult med-surg -- so, that eliminated a lot of possibilities. I knew I preferred maternal-child -- so, I focused on peds, maternity, and neonatal. Then, I narrowed it down further by figuring out that I preferred babies to big people -- and went NICU.
So ... can you eliminate anything from the long list of possibilities? Perhaps you don't like working with kids ... or have no interest in Psych ... etc. Start thinking of the big list of possibilities and cross off those things that don't appeal to you. Then look at what you have left. Is there a common theme? Are their good opportunities for employment in any of those specialties in the area in which you want to live?
Remember too, that the first job you take out of school doesn't have to be the job you will have for the rest of your life. What you want is a job that will give you the support you need to make that transition from student to professional -- hopefully in a general field of nursing that you don't hate. As you get a little more experience, you can further identify what types of patients you like to work with best -- and begin to hone in on a specialty that's a good fit for you.
Last edit by llg on Apr 18, '03
Apr 18, '03
first, let me say, congratulations. llg's suggestion to reflect back to your clinical rotations to help you decide where you may want to or not want to start working, is a great idea.
Last edit by Love-A-Nurse on Apr 18, '03