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Tips to Determine Which Area of Nursing to Specialize in

Tips to Determine Which Area of Nursing to Specialize in

Stephanie Larkin |

Tip #3: Test the waters.

Many nursing programs offer short, voluntary opportunities to test out certain specialties. You may not get class credit, but you should take advantage of these options whenever possible. You might find out quickly that there are certain nursing responsibilities you dislike and certain responsibilities you enjoy. By testing the waters, you can figure that out before you spend a few months or years training to become a type of nurse not compatible with your likes and dislikes.

Testing the waters includes job-shadowing, hands on training and mini daylong courses. Ask plenty of questions. The more questions you ask the more information you will have when you make a final decision in choosing a specialty.

Tip #4: Research education requirements.

If you are interested in nursing, you will probably spend your first few years in college working toward a general nursing degree. After that, all of the medical majors will go their separate ways. Some nursing specialties, because of their more technical or high-pressure nature, require more training than others. In addition, not every college offers every program. Pick a specialty based on how long you want to be in school, as well as what is offered by colleges you are interested in attending.

Tip #5: Talk to nurses in prospective fields.

Once you have narrowed your list to your three or four top choices, interview some working nurses. Come up with some basic questions, then contact nurses in your potential fields to ask more questions about each specialty. If you do not personally know nurses in these fields, talk to a nursing professor or simply call your local hospital. Most people are more than willing to take a few minutes of their time to answer some questions either in person or over the phone. Asking questions is a great way to figure out if this is what you really want to do.

Nursing is a broad field, and it is rare to know immediately in which field you would like to specialize. The key is to do your homework. By learning about the different nursing fields available, you can choose one that will be right for you. Remember, you can also change your course of study or go back to school for certification in a second specialty, but with a little research you can hopefully make the right decision the first time around.

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