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7 Ways to Find the Nursing Specialty that’s Right for You

May 10th, 2010

Before you start on the path to your new career in nursing, take stock of what you really enjoy doing. Do you love working with children? Do you like working in people’s homes, or with the elderly? Do you want to travel? Do you always want to know what tomorrow’s schedule will be, or do you thrive on the excitement of not knowing what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be doing it? Whatever kind of personality you have, there is a type of nursing that is right for you.

  1. Pediatric Nurses work with children in a range of settings that include hospitals, clinics, schools and in homes. The best way to get into pediatric nursing is to find a hospital that offers intern programs in pediatrics for new nursing graduates. You can also take an exam to become a Certified Pediatric Nurse after graduating nursing school, and then go on to specialize in areas like Emergency Medical Services for Children.
  2. Psychiatric nursing might be perfect for those struggling to decide whether to go into nursing or psychology. Psychiatric nurses help patients and their families who have psychiatric or mental illnesses. Psychiatric-mental health nursing (PMHN) is a specialty, but there are other specialties within psychiatric nursing like Child-Adolescent mental health nursing, Forensics, and Substance-Abuse.
  3. Travel Nurses work for agencies that hire them out to hospitals and health care facilities for a few months at a time, almost like a temp agency for nurses. Travel nurses get to choose their locations and assignments, get a good salary, and are provided housing and benefits.
  4. Forensic Nursing is an interesting career for those who enjoy crime shows and dream of being part of the action. Forensic nurses provide medical care to victims, collect evidence, and provide medical care to prisoners.
  5. If saving lives is your personal and career goal, Critical Care nursing is a fulfilling, if intense, career. Emergency nurses have to work quickly, accurately and independently to assess patients and evaluate their care, sorting through severe injuries and prioritizing cases while keeping families and patients calm.
  6. Geriatric nurses care for elderly patients in their homes, nursing homes, or hospitals. While an appreciation of age, wisdom, and stories of the good-old days are important traits to have for geriatric nursing, it’s even more important to realize that older patients often have very complex health problems and are on many different medications and supplements.
  7. Occupational Health means being a nurse for an organization or workplace, helping to ensure employees are healthy. OHNs have special training in workplace hazards, industrial hygiene and toxicology related to the worksite.