Your Specialty: Do You Have Regrets? - page 3

Do you have any regrets about the specialty you have chosen? Have you worked in other specialties before your current one? Do you plan to stay in your present one and for how long? No,... Read More

  1. by   PsychRN98
    I went to psych right out of school and mostly loved it..did it for 10 yrs. Then I got burned out from nursing altogether, but not the patients I was working with, more the politics of nursing. Now I'm going back to school for Health Information Technology/Health Information Mgmt and eventually Informatics.

    Do I have any regrets? Yes, I wish I would have had the confidence to do something a little more medical, that I had done some basic med/surg type nursing here and there, for skills upkeep. Other than that, no, psych was incredible and will always be my heart. I love my psych patients...all of 'em!
    Last edit by PsychRN98 on May 4, '11 : Reason: to add
  2. by   emtb2rn
    I've been in the ER for 3 years. I originally thought I would start in telemetry, get exerpience, then move to the ER. Fortunately, my telemetry interview ended with the NM saying "you have emergency written all over you, why would I hire you so you can leave?" So, straight to the ER.

    Regrets: on one hand, I wish I had gotten into nursing sooner as I'm really having a lot of fun, but on the other hand, I'm glad I had my corporate career as that has given me a big toolbox of management skills that I can use down the road if I so choose. Buyout with an early retirement package didn't hurt either.
  3. by   mama_d
    I agree with whoever said that often times we don't necessarily get to pick our specialty.

    That said, I've been working tele for over seven years, with oncology thrown in as well for about the last five. I enjoy it, but doubt that I'll finish my career out there. I'd love to get several years worth of ICU, ED, and PICU or NICU in somewhere. However, I also want to be a NP, probably FNP, and work in an office eventually. My knees and back ain't gonna last another 40 years, so I'm planning on being away from the bedside (except for perhaps PRN to keep skills up) before I have to start getting parts replaced or fused or whatever they'll come up with by then.