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Finding your niche in nursing is a journey that will evolve over time, not necessarily right away. You will most likely encounter many different people, places and experiences along the way that will help shape the kind of nurse you will become and the nursing career you want.
Nurses seem to think that they need to find their niche or dream job right away, or if they haven’t found it after 20 years in nursing, something is wrong with them. Not at all! Not knowing at the start, or sometimes not knowing for years, happens to many of us, nurses. We change or become inspirited to do something that touches our hearts or fall in love with a nursing specialty we never thought we would. Or sometimes, that nursing specialty you thought was going to be your dream job turns out not to be as you have expected. But that is fine. It is what makes the nursing profession unique; you have the ability to change jobs without changing your career.
So how do you find your niche in nursing? Ask yourself a few questions and really think about your answers including those activities in your personal life you enjoy, as well as what you enjoy in your professional life, because your personal life and your professional life go together, and you can’t have balance in one without the other.
What are you interested in, good at or enjoy doing? See if your answers can transfer to how you want your work life to be. What is your ideal work environment? An example would be - do you prefer working in one facility or would you rather be traveling, going to different facilities?
You could also ask yourself - what is it that I need to improve upon? Do you need to update your skills, take courses to further your education or maybe just balance your work and personal life.
Remember, finding your niche in nursing is a process, a journey you take, so enjoy this path. Your niche in nursing will most likely come from the most unexpected places, from people who have no connection to healthcare but they know someone who does, or from an experience that has changed your life.
Savor in the process that takes you down the right path to finding what it is you were meant to do. Don’t be focused on finding that nursing specialty you feel you need to be in now, especially if you’re not sure what that is. Instead, start making plans to work towards this by learning more about yourself, what it is you want to do,niche and what your strengths are. By figuring this out, you’re sure to find your niche in nursing.