Choosing a Nursing Specialty

Choosing which of the various nursing subfields to pursue as a profession can be difficult. There is a wide variety of nursing specializations available, so it's important to narrow down your selections. 

Before choosing a nursing specialization, you should take stock of your personal preferences, professional aspirations, and available resources. One advantage of becoming a nurse is the variety of work that may be available to you. It's possible to work in various places, with a wide range of patients, and in several shifts. A sub-field of nursing exists for those who wish to further their education in this direction.

Advice for Nurses Trying to Decide Which Nursing Subspecialty to Pursue

Several factors can influence the area of expertise to pursue. Some people feel strongly about the importance of general nursing, while others have a lifelong passion for a particular field of medicine or a desire to work with a certain group of patients. Regardless of your motivations, selecting a subspecialty will allow you to concentrate your professional efforts and make the most of your nursing education.

Can You Define Nursing Subspecialty?

When it comes to nursing, you can choose between two distinct subfields:

  • The one you obtain from bagging a basic nursing degree.
  • Advanced fields that necessitate further study and/or certification.

There is a wide range of possible concentrations to choose from. Depending on your interests and qualifications, you may choose to work in the operating room, intensive care unit, or hospital emergency room.

Identifying the Best Nursing Field for You

There are more than 20 distinct areas of nursing practice. Each comes with its specific tasks, environments, and clientele. It's impossible to become an expert in everything. You'd quickly burn out if you tried. Before settling on a career path, it's important to ask oneself some deep questions.

  • Am I the right kind of person to work in this field?
  • How long do typical workdays last?
  • Who exactly is the target demographic?
  • If you could describe the workplace, what would you say?
  • What exactly are my duties?
  • Do I possess the necessary expertise?

Types of Nurses in High Demand

It can be difficult to narrow down your nursing career options to a certain subfield. Here is a list of the commonest nursing subfields to help you narrow down your options. 

Registered Nurse

A registered nurse, or RN, is a licensed healthcare provider who administers hands-on care to patients. Nurse practitioners (RNs) are in high demand in a variety of healthcare facilities, from emergency rooms to private practices to long-term care facilities.

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a nurse who has completed further education beyond their undergraduate degree. Because of this, they may prescribe medication to their patients. Hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and nursing homes are just some of the places where APRNs can be found.

Clinical Nurse Administrator

It's possible to launch a career in nursing alongside a side hustle. You can open a clinic, nursing home, or home health care agency.

Nursing in Cardiac Care

In the United States, heart disease is the top cause of death for both sexes and the majority of ethnic and racial groupings. A cardiac nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in caring for patients suffering heart conditions.

Critical Care Nursing

Patients in critical need of nursing care are looked after by critical care nurses. Clinical environments, medical offices, and hospitals are all potential workplaces for critical care nurses.

Emergency Nursing

This subfield is for registered nurses who specialize in working in emergency situations. Nurses who specialize in emergency care may find employment in a wide range of medical facilities.

Geriatric Nursing

One who specializes in the care of the elderly is called a geriatric nurse. There is a growing need for geriatric nurses in a number of settings, such as private practices, public health clinics, and assisted living facilities.

Nurse Freelancer

Workplaces are becoming obsolete in today's fast-paced environment. It is possible to be a remote nursing consultant. You can earn money from home via blogging, consulting through Skype, and working as a virtual assistant.

The Process of Choosing a Nursing Subspecialty

Even with all the information provided above, some nursing students may still be confused about which nursing specialty to pursue. We hope the following set of questions may be useful in narrowing down your nursing specialty options.

In your nursing career, what do you hope to accomplish?

You cannot succeed in nursing without clear goals. Are you interested in a career in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital, clinic, or physician's office? Which of these age groups most interests you to work with: children, adults, or the elderly? Do you have an interest in specializing in either the care of the critically ill or the care of the elderly?

Why do you do the things you do?

There is no single source of inspiration that applies to everyone. Having the opportunity to help others by saving their lives is a driving force for me. Where do you get your drive? If you're asked this, only you know the correct response.

How Do You Deal with Difficult Circumstances?

Because of the high levels of stress involved, some people avoid working in emergency rooms. In other words, working in the emergency room is not for you if you're the type of person who cracks under pressure.

In what ways could you improve?

One must be aware of their capabilities. Use this information as you consider the various nursing specialties available. If you enjoy working with people, you may want to focus on pediatrics or geriatrics. Focusing on urgent and emergency care is a wonderful option if you have a knack for technology.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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