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Although we are just starting out, have any of you thought about what specialty you will go into? I know it's early and we may change our minds, but as of right now........ what specialty are you considering?

I really love kids. For a while, I thought I'd want to get into pediatric nursing. I am unsure now, because I've thought of how hard it would be for me to watch a child suffer or die, or deal with cases like neglect/abuse. It would destroy me. I still consider it, because I want to be one of the positive influences in a child with a situation like that, but I really don't know if I'll be able to handle it. :(


Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

I knew going into nursing that my goal was to become a CNM. Now that I've graduated, that hasn't changed. :)

I also want to become a midwife after working a few years in nursing. BUT I'm in my second semester at a community college right now so who knows it might change. ☺️

I'm the same way Floaty! I LOOOOVE kids but I wonder if I'd be able to handle the very traumatic cases like you stated. I don't want to be crying with the families ya know? I've become very indecisive because of it.

OB....and maybe one day become a CNM as well. But again, that may change in the next 2 years.

I'm thinking OR. I would love to get a placement in something like that during school. I'm also interested in research.


Specializes in Critical Care; Recovery. Has 2 years experience.

Family nurse practitioner. Currently I work in critical care. I like that much better than when I worked telemetry and med-surg. I think I would enjoy the ER, but I wouldn't enjoy the small children coming in after being raped. Also in the ER you are at a higher risk of being injured by patients. As a FNP I will have more autonomy to help my patients, along with more responsibility. I can also work a 9-5

Pediatrics is first choice, ER or trauma second choice. Out of school anything that will give me more experience to get me closer to specialty preference.

SopranoKris, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

Try to keep an open mind! When I first started nursing school, I wanted nothing to do with OB/Maternity. I was dreading that rotation. I ended up loving it. Although my passion is still ER/ICU, I wouldn't say no to OB, if the option arose.

Don't peg yourself into one area before you've even started. :)

Im thinking I would want ER or ICU. I don't think I would like OB/L&D but Peds could be an option.

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

When I become an RN, I really want to be in L&D but my ultimate goal is to become a CNM :)

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I would like to do pediatric oncology or maybe hospice care. I would like to do ER at some point also. Keeping my options open.

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

Right now my passion is mental health, so I could really see myself in psychiatric nursing and/or alcohol/drug rehabilitation. I've love to become a family mental health nurse practitioner focusing in those areas. I also really enjoy hospice work too though, so I might end up there, or maybe even physical rehab.

My top choices are Pediatrics, ER, and psychiatric. In the future, my ultimate career goal is to become a FNP for low income families.

I was 16 when I decided I would become a nurse to take care of preemies in the NICU. I am now 21, and starting my first year in nursing school. Although my end goal is still to become a NICU nurse, I have realized that experience should come first. I would enjoy working a few years as a L&D nurse, and then PICU. During these years I would obtain my BSN, and then apply to a NICU.

I would also love to be a prenatal, and postnatal NP. Similar to being a midwife. I would set up a clinic with a MD, where he/she and I share the responsibilities. He could be delivering a baby, while I'm doing an ultra sound at the office. (But this is just a silly dream)

OB is my absolute passion... it was by far my favorite clinical rotation in PN school and is pretty much the ONLY reason that I am bridging from PN to RN. I also like geriatrics, but my ultimate goal is to be working in L&D.

Key Lime Pie

Has 2 years experience.

I'm really interested in forensic nursing, specifically getting my SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) certification.