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How do you find your passion?

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I am a Biology & Psychology major at the university of Toronto, I hope to further my studies and pursue nursing the future. #nursing #psychology #major #college

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Syed’s Answer

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Hi Ze,

Finding your passion is a lifelong exercise and will evolve over time. When you're young and in college, it's all about taking calculated risks involving a combination of curiosity, experimentation and passive learning. Read as much as you can on subjects inside and outside your areas of interest. Speak to as many knowledgeable and successful people as possible. Pursue internships, research and other job opportunities that allow you to get hands on experience.

I check in with myself every six months to see if I'm on track!

Best of luck!
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Taylor’s Answer

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My advice to you would be to experience as much as you can while you're in college. The exposure to a variety of avenues in nursing, or anything in the medical field are so important for you to be able to distinguish what you thoroughly enjoy and would like to do for the rest of your life. Take classes that interest you, ask your professors for their advice, and talk to professionals that you admire!
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Brandi’s Answer

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Usually in nursing school you have an idea of what type of nursing interests you. There are students that graduate school and go directly into a type of nursing they want to do and stick with that. Others find that they need to experience a few types before finding their passion
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Kerrie’s Answer

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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!
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Jonathan’s Answer

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For me finding my passion goes hand in hand with happiness. If I’m not happy with what I’m doing, I can’t be passionate about my body of work. I make sure to check in with myself at least once a month to see how I’m feeling about everything I’ve done.
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Jacob’s Answer

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In the words of Joseph Campbell "Follow your Bliss!" His advice for this is to find an author that you really enjoy. Then read everything that they wrote. Then read all the influences that they read. This will allow you to have a slow simmer of rapture burning all the time constantly giving you drive. Your interested in psychology, lets say you like Carl Jung. Readall of his books, journals, interviews etc to see if hes really the person you want to follow. If so, then continue to read his predicessors. If your interest follows then you have found it. If not, try someone else.
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