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When was your a-ha moment?

Specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op.

When did you know you were in the right specialty?

was your chosen specialty what you expected? Or was it an area you never thought about before trying it?

How many specialties did you try prior?

just curious.

I Started in float pool as a new grad, which worked well for me, 2.5 years later I’ve moved to the ER. I appreciate the learning opportunities, and plan to stay longer. But I know it’s not my specialty already.

I do miss working with surgical pt and I Would like to try gyne, peds, or clinic nursing in the future Too, but don’t want to look like a job hopper either.

ideally I would like to advance into a CNS or NP one day, when I have finally figured Out what my chosen specialty actually is.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

I'm in the ER. My first shift in an ER I left after four hours in tears and vowed I would never, EVER, EVER go back to that pit.

Look at me now. It was terrifying, but it was also the most challenging, so I kept going back, got a mentor, did extra studying. I wouldn't be interested in a unit with the same patients all the time now, how boring!

vintage_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

I did a high school volunteer placement in the NICU, filing papers and whatnot. But I got to sit in on rounds and listen and see what it was like there. It made me want to be a nurse and work in the NICU. I worked with adult surgical patients for a few years while I worked on my degree but I always knew I wanted to be in the NICU. I've been there for 3.5 years now and cant imagine myself working anywhere else, not only do I love it, but it's so specialized I feel my knowledge won't translate anywhere else LOL

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Originally peds, but during my capstone, I found out that I was going to have trouble emotionally. I ended up taking a job at an ortho rehab. being a person who has had multiple fractures and injuries, it ended up being a natural fit. I was then offered a job at my present location on an ortho unit and it was like coming home. I had been at my first job for 10 months which made me still eligible to be a "new grad" and had an amazing orientation experience. It was an extended orientation to be in a specialty.

Have never looked back! Been in the same unit for 7 1/2 years and most likely not leaving anytime soon 😄

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