Dear Nurse Beth,
I'm a paramedic with years of experience and worked for many years as a medic in an ED. (Scope varied by facility)
I also have experience in a correctional care unit as an aid and have served on two nursing dept governing councils. After talking with lots of nurses in my area, I feel I have a real chance of getting my dream job as a new grad on a burn/trauma unit when I graduate next year.
However, I'm not sure this is really what I want. I have shadowed that area and love it! The problem is, the opportunities are so vast and I am feeling very marketable in my area. I'm 38 so I want to hit the ground running and I really don't want to be at the bedside for my entire career. Is there like a nurse guidance counselor or career advisor position that can help me narrow my focus?
Dear Feeling Very Marketable,
First things first. Slow down and don't overthink this.
Focus on finishing school. After graduation, dedicate yourself to learning the basics of nursing for one to two years after graduation. It's going to take that long to become competent as an RN.
After that, you have more opportunity and ample time to narrow your focus. By then you'll have a much clearer picture of what you want, and how to get there.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!