I think some of us know inside what type of nurse we want to be and others of us find it through other means. For example, I worked in children's homes before I ever became a nurse and thought there was no way I would work in a Children's hospital when I got out of nursing school, but this actually helped me along the way as I needed a break from Med Surg nursing. I also was part of a group that was able to an internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for a summer and I was placed in the operating room. I ended up loving the OR and eventually, this became my passion for 25+ years! I am still using this in my work today!
It is okay not to know what type of nurse you want to be but to open your heart and mind to the possibilities of what you could be! I never knew I was going to finish my Masters until 15 years after my BSN, but I did that after I had a great mentor in a facility I had worked for 14 years! I loved teaching so I was able to become the OR educator and then the Clinical Nurse Specialist! I have had many positive experiences because I kept myself from being siloed once in the hospital; I made it a goal to meet people from other professions and collaborate on many projects. By the end of my 14 years at one hospital, I knew almost everyone in every department, which created a lot of amazing opportunities for me over the years! With the experiences I learned, I have also been able to be highly recruitable, move to a new state, work for my dream organization, and move into a position where I work from home!
The possibilities are endless when you open your heart and mind. Your passion is within and sometimes it is where you least expect it!