So to answer the question: which areas are most fulfilling? That is solely up to you.
As an example, during my oncology rotation as a nursing student, I knew without a doubt, that this would become my field of expertise. And over 35 years later, I know I made the right decision.
Your second question: which fields are the most manageable? I believe you are asking which fields will allow for the best quality of life for the nurse with good home/work balance, and which fields will have the least amount of stress. Is this correct? Am I missing something ?
I would like you to consider that once a person becomes a licensed registered nurse, their job duties are founded on not only on the nurse practice act, the area of nursing practice, but on a moral/ethical call to service. Caring for people, whether ill or well is inherently stressful. Their lives are in our hands.
If you believe that this would be too stressful, consider this: if you act within the scope of your practice and with the best intentions, being a nurse can be the most rewarding and fulfilling career imaginable. What is gained by being an RN is the following: respect from the public, living with the knowledge that you worked to improve the lives of other people, a good salary, an almost endless amount of job possibilities, and (what I have now learned) the ability to retire and keep active by volunteering in the healthcare field.
I hope you find this answer helpful Katherine!
The jobs that you will find most rewarding are depend upon the things/groups of people that you find most rewarding on a personal level. Do you love children? Maybe Peds is for you; but you have to consider are you able to care for very sick children, or are you more comfortable with children who are chronically I’ll, or are you better with children who are well and just need maintenance care (flu shots, vaccinatios etc) same goes for any “group”of
Patients that you may be considering. Do you love detective type work- figuring out the cause/effect of illness/medications on the body. Maybe Research is your thing. Are you more interested in preventative care and strategies? Maybe Public Health might appeal to you. Maybe you don’t want to work with patients per se then maybe Research, Teaching, Infomatics.
Nursing is a great Profession. You can take your passions/interest add them to Nursing and you will come up with a great life journey.