How hard is it to swith nursing specialties or fields?


There are so many fields of nursing I am interested in but each one requires a different level of nursing knowledge. I know I want to start out in a hospital but eventually I did want to move to somewhere that will allow days and weekends off but thats later down the road. My question is how hard is it to change from one field to another? I am so scare I will chose a field and then I will be stuck there because it will be to hard to change fields.

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience. 1,547 Posts

That depends on the market in your area and what you're switching from or to. I think med/surg is a solid foundation for just about anything, though.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience. 4,368 Posts

If you work hard at it you will be able to change if you wish.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 15 years experience. 1 Article; 7,349 Posts

Your fears are unfounded. Nurses are educated as generalists. The specific knowledge you need for each specialty will be learned on orientation.