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What are your career goals

I am an aspiring nurse needing advice #nursing

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Kristen’s Answer

Hi Cidni!
A career goal for me has always been to feel fulfilled helping people and have a healthy work/ home balance. Nursing is an amazing field because as you grow and have changes in home life priorities, you can adjust your career. As an example I loved the busy adrenaline rush of working in the ER of a trauma center as I had worked as an EMT prior to that. When I became a new mom the rotation of working nights and days became a bit too much with how busy it was so I got a new job with more consistent family friendly hours.

Some nurses are adventurous in their personal life and become travel nurses- getting the chance to see what life is like living in all areas of the US. Some nurses are adventurous in their professional lives and set goals for many certifications or additional schooling and go on to be flight nurses, midwives, or even open their own wellness practice.

I hope this helps!
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Tonya’s Answer

Although now is probably not the best time due to the COVID outbreak, a lot of hospitals will allow you to shadow nurses for a day. If you have a general idea of what you think you'd like (i.e. working with kids only, working with adults only, working with the elderly population) you could reach out to an organization that caters to that population to schedule some shadow days with different specialties. I am a transplant ICU nurse, I also do case management, have been a clinical instructor, and a stroke nurse and honestly they all have been fulfilling in one way or another. Transplants are my passion and I have always been involved in that specialty since graduating nursing school, but spent some other time with other roles just to grow. You're not locked in to a specific type of nursing just because you start there! Good luck!
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