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How to Choose a Nursing Specialty

How to Choose a Nursing Specialty

Working environment:
Another consideration for selecting a specialty is the amount of independence you’ll have as a nurse. Ask yourself if you prefer working on your own or with a group of other health care professionals such as doctors, medical assistants, nursing assistants, senior nursing staff and others, or if you prefer working alone. If you like being a part of the hubbub of a noisy hospital with its stressful but stimulating environment then choose a specialty that’s needed in hospitals. If you prefer a slower pace, opt to be a regular nurse and work in a community hospital, home care or private clinic setting where you can still care for patients and be comfortable. If you opt for the latter option, you shouldn’t feel that you are in any way lesser able than the nurses who prefer working in high-stress environments. Nursing is a very stressful profession and if you get into it with a clear idea of your own limitations and contributing ability, it’s better for your career, and for the safe care of your patients.

Some Specialties Require Additional Certification

If you want to specialize in a particular nursing specialty, you need to be aware that additional certification and education might be required. For example, if you want to work with cancer patients, you will need to take up chemotherapy training. If you want to specialize in emergency room nursing, you will have to obtain certification in advanced life-support training. Are you willing to continue studying for additional certifications even after you’ve completed your nursing school and started a job?

Nursing Specialty Internship Programs

Today, you can take advantage of a number of programs that are available to help you explore your options before you commit to a nursing specialty. Many medical facilities allow newly registered nurses nurse internship programs, which allow you to gain technical skills and experience. These internship programs span 16-week rotations, and you can study specialties such as critical care. You will be paid full salary and benefits, while getting to work in different specialties. These internship programs offer both classroom instruction and clinical experience. You have to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing in order to qualify for an internship program. An added advantage is that you can use these programs to network with people who might be able to get you the job you want later on.

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