Nursing is one of those professions where your skills can be transferrable. For example, if I became a doctor and spent many years of my residency training to be a general surgeon. I can only do general surgery after that or sub-specialize. If I want to become a dermatologist after that, I will have to go back to residency. As a nurse, if I started out in the ER and now I'm too comfortable and want to go elsewhere, I can apply for a job, do a mini orientation of a couple of weeks, and start working as a nurse in another area.
Another part of nursing that I really like is the bedside care we get to provide. I like being the person that knows about their patient on every level... I'm the first to notice any change in their mentation, respirations, changes in their vitals. RT, PT, and any other medical team members have to go through the nurse for any updates or changes in patient status. So... I really like that aspect of nursing that you don't really get to experience in other professions.
yoonji KIMCareerVillage.org Team
Hi Keorah! I would highly suggest you check out our Instagram, @careervillage, and watch our latest Story. We had a great CareerVillage volunteer, an ICU nurse at Stanford, show our community what a day in the life of an ICU nurse is like. She also highlights her colleagues and how they got interested in nursing and what steps they took to get to where they are today. They share what they like and what they dislike about the field, which I think would be helpful for you as you decide whether or not you want to pursue their career path. It seems like it can be a challenging but incredibly fulfilling, meaningful career to help those in need of care and encouragement. Good luck!
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