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What inspired your choice of specialty?


Specializes in Med/Surg/Ortho/Uro/Rehab CNA.

what inspired yall to choose the specialty you did?

did you figure it out in clinicals?

or through trail in tribulation on other units after graduation?

and best of all, any cool stories that go with that "aha!" moment?


cardiacmadeline, RN

Specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Has 6 years experience.

I work on a cardiothoracic floor and have since I graduated. I have always been fascinated by the heart and think I always knew I wanted to work in cardiac. I don't remember any "aha" moment. Also, my floor is surgical. I am not a medical nurse. I like helping people recover after surgery and the incisions and tubes that go with having surgery.


Specializes in Acute Care/ LTC. Has 13 years experience.

i enjoyed med/surg nursing but one thing that bothered me was the attitude that nursing homes where just places for old people, place for death, etc etc...

i decided to transfer to the SNF side and loved the variety of residents. found it wasn't just "old people" or "death" it was skilled nursing care of all ranges of ages..(yes we even had kids, and teenagers from time to time, and once we had a pregnant woman), people had goals to go home after rehab. there was a variety of diseases and conditions to deal with not just one specialty..when it did happen that someone was to be long term care or end of life..i could be there to keep them comfort and quality of life.

everytime i hear snide comment about LTC or nurses who work in long term care, i just smile to myself and remember that i know i am doing a special job!


Specializes in LTC, geriatric, psych, rehab. Has 26 years experience.

I work in a nursing home, a place I always swore I'd never work. They were foul, smelly, depressing places. I only took a job in one 12 yrs ago b/c they paid me so much to work on the weekends that I could stay home with my kids during the week. Got sick to my stomach the first day only b/c I was so certain that I'd hate it. And I absolutely fell in love with it. I've been at my present nsg home for over 9 yrs. They'll have to kick me out. It can be smelly and it can be sad. But my residents can be so funny, loveable, and giving. I make a difference in their lives, and they make an enormous difference in mine.

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 20 years experience.

I was given an ICU rotation in my graduate year. My second rotation was geriatric rehab - I nearly died after working in ICU! I went back to CTICU after my grad year and never left. I have worked in industry and in various areas of cardiac care since. I love it.

My specialty was where I got a job/who hired me, and if I enjoyed working on the floor I did i.e. manager and co-workers. There is not one specific specialty I loved over others figuring I could learn and enjoy wherever, which I did.

nkochrn, RN

Specializes in Rural Health. Has 17 years experience.

I work in a rural hospital so I get to do pretty much everything. I really like ER, but I also like to do OB and enjoy my Med-Surg patients. I don't have any one specialty. I didn't necessarily make the decision to do rural nursing based on anything other than location. I've worked at a nursing home full time in the past and continue to work there PRN now, but I'd miss the hospital terribly if I went back to LTC full time.

rbs105, ADN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma, Education. Has 10 years experience.

Never saw it in nsg school, except a brief stint In L and D when I saw a c-section but I LOVE the OR. I work nights, see trauma and blood galore and I love the fact that I work as a team with so many people. Was always told to not do it in nursing school and we are not always recognized for what we do because we are more behind the scenes, but the job is invaluable. My aha moment was when I realized I HATED med surg!! Nothing beats the clank of bullets being pulled out of a chest, the smoke coming off the saw cutting thru a sternum or watching someones lung pink up in someone else's chest after being donated!! Its a messy job and I'm happy to do it!!



Specializes in ER and Home Health. Has 2 years experience.

I love the ER so far. probably because of my training as a corpsman with the Fleet Marines.

Semper Fi, and Semper ER

CABG patch kid, BSN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry, CCU.

The funny thing for me is that cardiac was never my strong subject in school, and it took me ages just to memorize the cardiac cycle!! Maybe that's why I like it now, I studied it so darn much, just to remember the stuff! But yes, I decided that the heart and lungs are pretty amazing and interesting, and now "tele" or "cardiac" pts are the ones I feel most comfortable with. As far as being in critical care, well I just knew from the second I walked into an ICU as a student that its where I wanted to be. After graduation, it was just a matter of where and when. Now I'm working in a CCU and just getting my feet wet! It's awesome!


Specializes in Med/surg. ED. Palliative. Geront. Has 20 years experience.

When I was young and newly qualified I did Accidient and Emergency. Zap! Pow! Crisis! Run around! Phew - so busy, no time for breaks! Quick! Life or Death!

After a while I decided to work in Surgery. All those High powered skills, machines and indepth, technical knowledge - yeah, Baby! Watch my brain grow!

As I got older I realised that what really matters is the human contact. A soft ressuring word here. A pillow fluff there - being able to talk to people and do a complete job. A conversation with a scared patient has the potential to do more good than any amount of flashy running around or showy equipment . That's why I work in Hospice care now.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I graduated 11 years ago when getting a job was not easy.

I took the med-surg job with little enthusiasm, but took it because it was 7-3. I learned a lot, gave the best care I could and looked around at what else was available after a year.

I applied for OR. OR sounded neat. No call bells. No families.

OR was only hiring internal candidates, but the recruiter offered me my choice of ICU's with the option of applying to OR after a year or two.

I chose SICU and have been happy there for the past 10 years.

southernbeegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Rehab, Infection, LTC. Has 16 years experience.

i started working as a CNA while finishing my prereqs for my degree. i knew the minute i hit the floor in the nursing home that geriatrics was for me.

i did clinicals in all areas and it never changed my mind. i just knew thats where i wanted to be.

i've worked in hospitals and the whole time there wanted to get back to my geriatric population. it's where my heart is.

my dream job would be an alzheimer's unit but unfortunately they hire very few RNs for those areas. i've been the RN weekend supervisor at my job for 5 yrs now. we are 75% short stay rehab and 25% LTC, private pay. we don't have a lot of alzheimer's pts because of that but the ones we do get...they are always my favorite!

when i first started working as a nurse even my own family would say things to me like "when are you going to get a REAL nursing job?" i'd just tell them "never, i like my 'pretend' job" :D

ER. It is high energy and keeps me motivated to learn more and more. Now I am trying to position myself in forensics.

To some extent it is more the reason I chose nursing. I saw it as an opportunity for lifelong learning and honing of skills (due to the constant new developments). I have never been disappointed. To some extent it may not have mattered what I specialized in because, as I gained more experience, I realized that there were few specialties that did not allow for constant growth and learning.

UM Review RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management.

What inspired your choice of specialty?

Inertia, mainly. I applied for a job at a hospital and landed on tele. Face first. :D

Absolutely loved CVICU! Knowledge about anatomy and physiology of the heart is not enough, there's more to it in CVICU than that. Knowing, understanding, and managing how hemodynamics, critical care drugs and complicated machines (IABP, CRRT, ventilators to name a few) can work together to save a patient's life is completely amazing. I have said this over and over, if you can take care of open heart patients, you will be able to take care of anybody thrown at you. I still miss taking care of fresh open hearts, sometimes.

As of now, I am a clinical instructor and where do I get to send my students? One unit is CVICU of course, so I am also able to help the nurses I worked with previously, with their open heart patients. ;)


Specializes in Behavioral Health, Show Biz.

;) i started in med-surg

:eek: then the 1980's aids epidemic hit with no safety needles

:cry: had to leave fast 'cause i would literally prick my finger at least once per shift

:onbch: aaaaaah...i found and never left the comfortable bed of psych nursing.

:imbar oooooppps!!! now i've got to dodge agitated, combative patients---

where are the needles???:eek:

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

ED. Worked ICU and med surg for some experience but always knew I wanted to work in the ED. It was the 5th largest trauma center in the US. We saw 400 patients per day. Lots of action and some real funny stories to tell. I loved every minute of it.

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