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When I became a nurse, I did so with the knowledge that I was going into a field that was stable and secure...what I didn't realize at the time were the incredible amounts of career opportunities that exist in the field of nursing!
For nearly 15 years, I held a job in a field that I loved...helping mom's bring babies into the world.
But...my family grew, my kids' lives got busier, my priorities started to change and before I knew it, hospital nursing wasn't quite as appealing as it once was. Enter: JOB OPENING: School Nurse.
I'll admit I was a little hesitant leaving the safety net of the only type of nursing I had ever known (and a job I truly loved), but I was ready. I was ready for a change AND the opportunity to continue to work with youth. I have been incredibly fulfilled with my new job...and it has opened my eyes even more to the versatility that exists within the field of nursing!
Let me just name off some of the options for you...
Hospital staff nurse. There are oodles of departments and fields in which to practice nursing in an inpatient setting: surgery, pediatrics, oncology, rehab, labor and delivery, as well as the numerous outpatient areas: same day surgery, endoscopy, clinic nursing.
More of a "business" type of person? How about management? Continue your nursing education and become a nurse educator or maybe fill a leadership role in a nursing area.
Maybe you're the "patient care" type but would prefer a bit more anonymity. You can continue your education and become a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, or even a Nurse Anesthetist.
When I made that decision to become a nurse nearly 2 decades ago, I had no idea what doors I was opening by getting my nursing degree. I had no idea of the opportunities that would present themselves. I didn't have a clue about the extensive amount of graduate programs available for advancing my degree OR the sheer amount of diverse career options I was providing to myself.
Considering becoming a nurse?
Just do it.
You'll never regret it!
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God bless you for doing the work that you do to help in the health industry! I admire nurses!ReplyDelete
Oh, I'm so glad you're liking school nursing. I would love to hear more about it. You are right...so much to do as a nurse, most of my opportunities have come to me. I never have to go looking, and not many careers can say that.ReplyDelete
I LOVE THIS! I start nursing school next month and I am so nervous but so very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of me! Thank you for this encouraging post at just the right time! :)ReplyDelete
Well, I've always been interested in nursing but never put feet to my interest. Guess it's never too late. Great post!ReplyDelete
Just finished my first semester of my junior year of nursing school this december! It has been the greatest decision so far. It has brought me the greatest joys (during clinicals...OB has been my fav so far!) and greatest frustrations (those care plans! and pharm tests!) but I cannot wait to see where my career will take me.ReplyDelete