Hello all :) I'm currently a senior year nursing student, set to graduate this May.
I'm trying to find my niche within the nursing world but have been unsuccessful thus far. I'm wondering if some of you more experienced folks can gain a sense for what I'm interested in and give me suggestions as to what type of nursing I might like to pursue.
A little bit about me: I chose to major in nursing not because it was a passion of mine but because my mother (a NICU nurse and single mom) pressured me into it. Had it been truly up to me, I would have pursued a writing or music degree.
I have always been an excellent student and glided through nursing school with ease. Clinicals have been somewhat of a struggle for me though because that's where I really see how much I dislike nursing (especially compared to other students who approach clinical with such enthusiasm).
All in all, I am certain that traditional floor nursing is a poor fit for me. My personality and natural abilities do not line up with what traditional nursing consists of. I don't like hospitals, I don't like completing medical tasks (suctioning trachs, administering tube feedings, changing dressings, etc.), I don't like catering to patients' needs for the entirety of a 12-hour shift and I don't like the lack of autonomy. (Just because nursing isn't the best fit for me does not mean that I don't respect what nurses do. I think nurses are very incredible, caring individuals and it takes a lot of dedication to do what they do.)
That being said, there are many things I do like !
I like writing, music and art.
I like to design and draw.
I like working with children and women.
I like the pursuit of social justice and fighting for causes I'm passionate about.
I like problem-solving and utilizing my creativity.
I like flexibility and non-routine work environments.
I like to call the shots - I'm not one for following instructions.
I like brainy endeavors that require thinking rather than physical, hands-on endeavors that require doing (i.e. solving problems rather than completing tasks).
I am an INFJ according to Myers-Briggs typology.
Based on my interests and abilities, I've been thinking that public health nursing might be an appropriate fit for me but I'm just not sure. I've also considered case management.
What do you guys think about public health nursing ?
What other fits within the nursing world do you think would be appropriate ?
If you do not see me within the nursing world at all, what kind of graduate degree should I pursue instead ? (I will graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.)
Thank you so much for your input - I am in desperate need of it !!