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What do you want to specialize in?

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smarge117 has 15 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Peds.

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I'm halfway through, I have two more semesters for my 2 year degree. May 2005 cannot get here fast enough. My issue is that I keep getting asked what kind of nurse am I going to be. And honestly... I have no idea!! I wanted to become a nurse for a variety of reasons, and the always general "to help people" was one of those reasons. I've had good experiences in all my clinicals so far, but none of them have really struck me as my 'calling'. I'm doing an externship on a general med/surg floor this summer, which is going well. I'm applying to do a preceptorship for the second half of the fall semester. My rationalle is to get on a floor that we wouldn't normally do a clinical rotation in so that I can get exposed to as many different kinds of nursing as possible before graduation.

So I'm asking all of you, what is it that you want to specialize in, and how did you come to that decision. Did you know going into school? Did you really love one of your clinicals? Did you always know that that is the kind of nurse that you wanted to be? Please let me hear from you!

Thanks for your feedback!

Margaret

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SCmomof3 is a RN and specializes in NICU.

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Well I don't officially being nursing classes til next fall (doing pre and co req's now). But I want to be a L&D/baby nurse. My original dream was being an ob/gyn but I am not willing to do what it takes for that. Nursing school is a huge sacrifice for my family but medical school would have been much moreso. Later when my kids are grown, I plan to go back and become a CNM. Now that I've had kids, I think that CNMs are better than OB/GYNs anyway :)

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michelle95 specializes in Geriatrics, DD, Peri-op.

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I've worked nursing homes and floor nursing. I think I want something different. Maybe OR or ER?

I dunno. Never thought I would do peds or peds psych but since I'm having trouble with my son (mental), I may start leaning towards that. There's just not enough research (IMO) on certain disorders.

We'll see.

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i am finally posting for the first time, i should begin my nursing classes w/ clinicals in the spring. i have always been most interested in l&d or neonatal. i also like surgery (just don't like anything having to do w/ bone sawing eeeeewwww can't take that sound!!!). i really appreciate all of the knowledge from those of you already in the profession, it is helping tremendously!

oh, yeah, i know where i definately never want to be........i couldn't work with cancer patients (too many close family members have had it and i couldn't bear it), couldn't work with the elderly, and i could never work in the ticu (just had an experience with that for 6 wks with my grandfather and it about killed me). i applaud and thank god though that there are nurses who find that these areas are their calling because they are very much appreciated, and when my grandfather was in the elvis presley trauma unit in memphis,tn. there were several nurses who made a huge difference. just thought i would add that.:)

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rastanursern specializes in MCH, L&D.

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I want to get my masters as a CNM. I love seeing women give birth. So I'll be looking to work in L&D when I'm done with nursing school. It's been my passion since giving birth to my now 3 1/2 years old son.

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I started out wanting to get my BSN and work in Critical Care or Surgery. I have always been interested in surgery, but when my husband was critically ill, I saw what a difference a "good nurse" is to someone who is REALLY sick. So I decided that I could go either way.

Then I started reading about all the different Masters programs out there for nurses and have pretty much made up my mind I want to pursue CRNA...perfect mixture of my two interests.

I am just starting Nursing this Fall but I have my goal mapped out and I have set my target to finish by 2012...(before my oldest daughter starts college)

I guess you can tell I am a planner...huh?

Cheri

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maire has 13 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Adult Med-Surg and Rehab.

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When I started, I so very badly wanted to do L&D. Now, my heart is focused on the little ones...Newborn nursery...mother/baby...eventually I would love to work in the NICU. I love babies.

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jenrninmi has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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My answer is going to be based on my experience in my clinical rotations thus far. L&D or peds (general peds, picu or nicu love them all!) I just finished Peds rotation today and I'm sad to be finished with it.:o I'm glad to move on to the next semester, but I'm thinking Peds just may be where I want to end up at.

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suzy253 is a RN and specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

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I have yet to complete all my clinicals but I'm leaning towards Burn Nursing.

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abundantjoy07 is a RN and specializes in ER, Medicine.

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I've got two more years of school left...so I have a while before I have to decide. But I'm really interested in cardiology...:rolleyes:

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Based on the knowledge I have today I'm thinking my first choice would be L&D, Second choice would be peds oncology. i know they are at very different ends of the spectrum. but both these areas have always interested me greatly.

truthfully I'm just tryig to keep an open mind about everything. The only thing I know I do not want to specialize in is geriatric nursing.I just cannot deal with old people all the time. Wish I could, but know I can't.

~Alison

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I don't start the nursing program until Aug 16, 2004, but I do know I want to work with babies in the NICU. My mom's a nicu nurse and I've been to her job several times and got to see what she does. The babies are so helpless and sick and I want to be one of the one's that makes them feel better. I also like the aspect of parent teaching. I could also see myself working with toddler or young adults on a pediatrics ward. I definatly plan on working in a hospital. There's so many options..good luck choosing one!!

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