I am currently in an accelerated BNS/MSN NP program and am thinking about what specialties I am interested in and what goals I have long term. I haven't had my maternity/pedi rotation yet, but I am really interested in labor and delivery and maybe even fertility. On the other hand, I also have a love for neuroscience (what my original BS is in), the brain and Alzheimer's - though I'm not sure if care in this area is something I would enjoy long term.
I worked as an LNA at an assisted living home for people with dementia over this past summer and I loved it, however it was so emotionally and mentally draining that it really took a toll on me as time went on. I know nursing and caring for others is never an easy job, and I am a very hard worker, however I want to have a job that won't constantly burn me out. I'd like to have a job that I smile at and am busy at, but am not so mentally exhausted that I can't socialize or do anything but sleep when I get home from a shift. I think that might be why labor and delivery seems so appealing to me... it's usually happy. It also could be the fact that I love kids and I love babies.
Long story short- I know I have plenty of time to figure this out for myself, but I'm a planner and I'd love to hear about specialties you're in or jobs you have that you love and why! How did you get to where you are and how did you decide what you wanted to do?
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I've been shocked over and over again at how brutal nurses are on students and new nurses. For being one of the most compassionate groups of people out there, it's amazing how nurses truly eat their young. Rather than tearing me down, give me the advice or help I'm asking for, because I could very well be your colleague one day.
No, we are not brutal on students and new grads, we actually care that they learn what they need to know to be a safe bedside nurse because they WILL be my colleague. We are very supportive of them and there is definitely no "eating our young". NICU is definitely a team sport and we depend on our co-workers daily.
Fortunately, NNP programs require 2 yrs as a NICU nurse to apply for their programs. NICU nurses are very protective of their patients and new NPs/MD Residents need to earn their stripes before they are completely trusted.
To answer your question: I am blessed to be in a unit that the nurses are highly respected by the medical staff. As a result, the parents are reassured that their baby is in capable hands. Some of our patients (24 weekers) are on our unit for months and you get to watch them grow and get to know the parents. It is rewarding to know that you had a part in their ability to take home a healthy baby.
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For the record, there are many who don't get torn down for the specific reason of being DE but more for how they tend to come across. When they try and throw around phrases and criticisms like "nurses eat their young" and they never worked as a nurse and don't have any experience to actually justify that opinion, they put themselves in their own bad light.
To add to the overall theme of the thread, the OP asked the *how* people chose their specialty. Many nurses who go into advance practice have a body of knowledge to justify the direction they chose based on that experience. It absolutely isn't the be-all end-all...but the question wasn't "is DE better or worse"....the question was the how we chose our direction. Followed by the *typical* overreaction from both camps. In reality, it is perfectly understandable and rational that nurses who base their advance practice choices on their experience as a nurse to advocate for nursing experience over DE.
You were one who jumped right on the bandwagon of "bypassing the entire nursing profession", so I hope you're including yourself in those that overreacted. I did say I was exaggerating.
It is reasonable for those who have RN experience to base their APRN choices on that experience. That doesn't make it unreasonable for those who have not had RN experience to base their choices on other knowledge and experiences. The two scenarios are not mutually exclusive.
FWIW, it's tough to come on a forum, perhaps being a little naive, and then have people not answer your questions and jump all over you for furthering your education in a non-traditional way. I hate the NETY phrase, but some posters come across as arrogant and a bit cruel at times. I've probably done it myself. DjMatte, I remember the responses you got to a question you recently posted on another thread. You took lot of flak, and while I did not respond, I felt that some of those responses were unnecessarily blunt and not helpful. Same with the constant DE bashing on AN, among other things. Maybe that's why the perception of some is that nurses are nasty and mean to each other. I don't buy into the whole NETY thing, but it's not a stretch to see why some might.
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