Nurses: where do you want to be when you grow up?

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Where do you wanna grow up? All my ‘baby’ nurses out there… how do you know where you should go?

What area of nursing should you work in?

*Hint: It’s OK not to know

Check out Episode 14 of my Podcast.

Here’s the rudimentary transcript (with grammatical errors):

Welcome back to the nurse niche on your host Sean thanks for tuning in to my podcast then little busy recently some major changes going on in my social media life if you haven’t read anything out there on my blog or my fan page my relationship with scrubs magazine and the scrubs beat YouTube channel was terminated terminated to get word that has ended for reasons I’ll simply say creative differences maybe someday I’ll ask you talk about that whole scenario but six years later after blogging with scrubs my relationship has ended and it’s bit of a change but I’m down when I’m not out been doing this way too long one of the old guys now in the blogging world been doing this for close to 10 years so you guys are stuck with me would know what else to do if I wasn’t blogging or talking about nursing.

Quick subject today talking about what you want to be when you grow up as a nurse whether it’s going to the nursing school getting out of nursing school first job as a nurse heck this could be I’ve been a nurse so long and on at a dead-end job I don’t know what to do here’s the newsflash it’s okay not to know what to do it’s okay if you don’t know what kind of nurse you want to be I mean by what kind a nurse I mean what area with specialty area are you going to work are you running an MedSurg beginning on oncology pediatrics you want to work in an office ER flight nursing or you want to work in ICU wink wink I see you I’m here to tell you that you not to know the answer off the bat unless you are one of those lucky few that knew exactly where you want to be and what you want to do before you even started nursing because of influences in your life there are some of us out there that just have nursing in their blood nurses in the family been exposed the nursing sense the dawn of time and you knew exactly what you want to do and where you were going to go I myself was down the middle of the road by the time I got to my last semester nursing school I knew I enjoyed and loved being in the critical care world which was a major surprise for me because when I was in nursing school I thought I would transition to the MedSurg world because it was the easiest and most logical transition for those of you who don’t know or don’t remember I was an athletic trainer for close to a decade with the degree exercise and sport science worked with the athletic population worked side-by-side with the orthopedic surgeon so it was a logical step for me to walk into the MedSurg nursing shoes and of course working in the orthopedic world as a nurse or training or being educated in that area of nursing was an easy transition for me I already had the experience in the education as a trainer but for some reason the critical care world just got under my skin and of course if anyone of you know I stayed in critical care it’s a case short pause for about six months which was a major mistake but for the better part of the decade I’ve been a nurse I’ve always been in critical care I did him all around a bit him on anyone’s watched the video on change I did him all around a bit with what kind of a nurse I wanted to be where I wanted to work a new one to work in critical care question was how big of a hospital what location did I want to travel was I okay with being a bedside nurse that I want to work towards a supervisory role being a charge nurse and the maybe just maybe I want to go back and advance my degree because as nurse practitioners I really like what they do and what am I doing now on the acute care nurse practitioner working in the ICU how about them apples but I did not get to this point in a straight line may left me to write when I went down stopped moved it took me a while trial and error to figure out just where I fit in or just where I wanted to go and I needed help I got a lot of help from coworkers family friends I got a lot of help from previous mentors professors physicians everybody I worked with everywhere I worked with and worked I constantly asked questions I constantly reevaluated my situation was this right was his optimal could it be better even while I was in school going towards my Masters becoming few care nurse practitioner I still question is this right and might on the right path I think the question in part the key to maintaining your sanity and achieving some professional happiness bonus a success but happiness nurses out there think that you’re the answer to reveal itself and proof is over at format them done that’s not the case your think he figured out in the near and having experience at a job somewhere and realize me maybe that’s a better option but they call Mrs. message message the take-home message is the patient but the aggressive in figuring out where you want to go and don’t be frustrated if after one month one year two years 10 however many years it takes she still haven’t found your niche see related their niche wink wink utilize your resources utilized everything around you and then there’s this wonderful thing called the Internet enough you’ve heard of it there’s a buzz sylvian nurses out there that can give you some insight as to what might be better what might work for you what’s good what’s bad utilize your resources ask questions don’t be afraid to fail

As always thanks for tuning in my podcast you can find me on iTunes holy crap under the nurse needs podcast you can find me on any of the social media websites outlets on Instagram my name Sean dance him on Twitter I am unafraid and of course you can find me on Facebook either on my fan page I am Sean Dent or just Sean didn’t my Facebook personal page love the hear from you love the suggestions everyone so while people were messaging me give me some suggestions for topics on my podcast on my blog keep them coming the videos will be coming out shortly the Sean then show will live on thanks for tuning in have fun out there

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2 thoughts on “Nurses: where do you want to be when you grow up?

  1. I am currently enrolled in a Family Nurse Practitioner program. The first day (today) they made it very clear that this was a primary care course, not an Acute care course. Clinical would all be primary care. I was under the impression that the course was what I made of it, that if I picked more acute care type clinicals I would have an education that would allow me to work in acute care. Now I don’t know what to do. I am an ICU nurse and love acute care. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career in primary care giving out flu shots. But, I am now vested in this program and the only acute care program in my area is going to be much more expensive. Is there away I can finish the FNP program and then get an Acute care certificate or dual certification where I can take a few more classes and be able to do both?

    1. Julie, sorry to hear about your situation. This is the prime reason potential students need to research and ask these type of questions before they enroll into an NP program. To answer your question, yes you can enroll in a post-graduate certification course to obtain your acute care certification. I know a handful of FNP’s that pursued that route so that they could work/care for patients in the ED. Average length of time varies with each certification program – around 2yrs?
      Good luck to you on this new adventure!

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