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CAREER IN NURSING: CHOOSING A SPECIALITY

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Nursing profession status is an inter-profession and intra-profession challenge. For many years, other scientists considered nursing as a semi-professional career. Until 1970, the nursing profession was considered as a female work, and women were considered as barriers to professionalization in nursing due to their high workload and part-time work. At that time, some factors such as the slow formation of scientific fundamentals of nursing, disagreement in educational requirements for nurses, lack of academic education at the entry-level of nursing courses, and lack of theory and theory-based research were considered as barriers for nursing as a profession.

Gradually, the development of education standards and professional certificates led nursing to move to professional status. Having a stronger powerful basis for theory and practice and professional education in the nursing discipline brought about social cognition. Social understanding about nursing made the society consider nurses as cost-benefit health care providers and independent decision-makers. Therefore, nurses could receive more funds and governmental financial aids.

Choosing a Specialty for Nursing Students and New Nurses

When choosing a nursing specialty, there are two main factors to consider :

“It is important for all nurses to understand their passion and pursue what brings them joy,” says Bonnie Fuller, a certified nurse educator.

Nursing students and newly graduated nurses who are considering their first job should think about their different clinical experiences. Ask yourself:

  • What areas interest me?
  • What areas am I more comfortable in?
  • What kind of a patient do I enjoy interacting with?

This will help guide you as you think about moving into a specialty area.

Your desired career trajectory is the second thing you should consider as a new nurse.

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” “There are many specialties in nursing, both within the acute care hospital setting, in the community, and in businesses. It’s important that new nurses think about where they see themselves and how they might design their career path going forward.”

 

What Additional Certifications Will You Need?

Many specialties require nurses who have specific training and certifications on top of their education and prior experience. If you choose one of these specialties, you can expect to be requested to take these certification exams later on. Once you’re certified, there may be annual requirements you’ll have to meet to maintain your status. In the long run, the extra requirements may very well be worth it, as you’ll have the professional recognition and more earning potential.

What is the Typical Salary for Your Specialty?

If you’re very ambitious about making more money than the average RN, you pursue management and leadership positions or choose an in-demand clinical specialty with a high salary potential. With a higher salary you can expect higher demands.

CONCLUSION

Every nursing specialty comes with its own pace and environment – try to choose one that complements your personal style, so you’ll fit in comfortably and be able to work at your optimum level. some nurses are naturally introverted and just don’t take pleasure in constantly meeting new people. Maybe you’re not really a “people person,” but you’re good with numbers, have good analytical skills, enjoy working in a quiet environment or prefer to listen rather than to talk. Understanding your personality may help you choose a nursing specialty.

Writer:- Hina Thomas

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Ms. Hina Thomas, Associate Professor OBG Nursing Principal, Kiran Nursing College, Surat

“Do” Sit, think then set your target what do you want.”


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