If you have chosen nursing as a career path and have been trained as a general nurse, you might be happy to know that you’re not required to stay on the same course for your entire career. Many times after a nurse has been on the job for awhile, they become interested in one particular area of specialty, such as pediatrics or oncology, and yearn to work in that field exclusively. Some nursing students are lucky enough to know in advance what specialty they want to focus on, but even then, there are times when a nurse decides to change course. Of course, specializing means furthering your education, but that can often be done in your spare time. And after you’ve become specialized, it will be possible to spend every hour that you’re at work in the area that you have the most passion for and will ultimately get the most from. You obviously have a strong desire to work with people and help them, and by specializing you will not only find your work more rewarding, you’ll likely give better service and have happier patients at the end of the day.
Nurses who have had the privilege of trying out many different things while working in the field often are able to find a specialty area that they’re passionate about, and others instantly know what they wanted to dedicate their lives to. When you choose to specialize, you prove to yourself, your colleagues and the nursing community as a whole exactly where your true passion lies within the nursing field. And having a passion for what you do will make every day that you work truly amazing. Imagine how great life would be if you woke up every day excited to see what interesting things your work would bring. For most people that isn’t how they feel about their jobs, but you could be one of the lucky ones who do what you love because you’ve planned it that way.
But what if you’ve been working as general nurse and haven’t had any real opportunity to venture out and try any of the specialties? How are you supposed to know just what you have passion for if it isn’t immediately obvious and you don’t have a chance to test the waters? Start by asking yourself some questions that can help you narrow down where your passion is hiding.
Answering these types of questions can really narrow the specialty field in which you may choose to work in.
There are over 300 different specialties within the nursing field. Can you even imagine – 300 ways to follow your passion, 300 options to make a difference in someone’s life, 300 paths to choose from when deciding where to take your career? Below is a list of some of the most common and popular specialties. But don’t limit yourself to just these. If you don’t find one that interests you, there are much more to choose from. For a more detailed description of these and lots more types of nurses, be sure to check out our guide.
Are you ready? If you read something here that just ignited a spark in you, then let’s get started towards your new career as a specialized nurse. And if nothing made your heart stop, that’s fine too, because they are many more options. The key to being specialized in the nursing field is finding something that you love to do and then get trained to do it. It does require extra schooling or classes and continued education, so you’ll want to make sure that you choose something that will hold your interest. But perhaps the greatest benefit to being a specialized nurse is that once you’re better trained in a specific area, you’ll be able to provide even higher quality care to all you patients, and at the end of the day, isn’t that what being a great nurse is really all about?
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