But, here's the thing. If this general area is of interest to you, there are always options to pursue. There are different environments where one can be an RN. One can work in a hospital, a doctor's office, or even go into teaching. You can go work for an insurance company as a utilization review nurse. So, it's not like the end of the world if your first job doesn't feel right. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding the right fit! There are so many different aspects to healthcare careers! So, go for it. Keep your training and resume current, and learn about "transferrable job skills."
Those are skills that you acquire in one position that you can use in another. Attention to detail, analytical reasoning, etc. I once worked with a client who wanted to work at a doggy day care facility, and her only experience was in fast-food. The job announcement emphasized cleanliness (a concern for disease control/prevention). My client worked midnights in fast food. What did she do all night? Clean? Why? To prevent illness. Your ability to be creative in marketing yourself will open many doors!
I'm not a nurse but I know the profession has a lot of lateral movement. Meaning if you don't like working on a floor that specializes in orthopedics, strokes, pediatrics, cardiac, critical care, etc. you can apply to different areas. There is also opportunities for community work as a public health nurse or administrative work. It's an expansive field with a lot of opportunities to help a variety of populations.
Best of luck!
Tricia Nicks, MSN, BSN, RN, CPAN, CMSRN
Research different careers: Look into the day-to-day responsibilities, required skills, and long-term prospects of different careers that interest you. This will help you to get a better understanding of what you would be doing in the field and whether it aligns with your interests and goals. Get experience: Try to gain some experience in the field through internships, volunteer work, or part-time jobs. This will give you a better sense of whether you enjoy the work and whether you have the skills and abilities required for the job. Talk to people in the field: Speak with professionals who are currently working in the field you're considering. They can provide valuable insight into what it's like to work in the field and what kind of skills and qualifications are needed to succeed. Consider your values and preferences: Think about what is important to you in a career. For example, do you value flexibility, stability, creativity, or helping others? How much travel, stress, and change are you willing to tolerate? Be open-minded: Remember that your career path may not be a straight line. Many people change careers multiple times throughout their lives, so it's important to be open to new opportunities and to keep learning and developing new skills. Consider taking career assessments, these are designed to help you identify your interests, skills, and values and match them with the right career options.
As someone who has changed careers multiple times, I can tell you that reality rarely matches your imagination. The more that you can volunteer, observe, or speak with people in your chosen field, the better idea you will have. However, that still might not be accurate. I started wanting to be a marine biologist because I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau. Then I joined the navy because I watched Top Gun. In the navy I learned I loved computers, so I became an analyst at a hospital. Absolutely came to hate working in the computer field. But guess what? While working in that hospital I backed into the car of an occupational therapist. While speaking with her, I asked if I could observe her clinic. I was hooked!
I guess my point is, you make a decision with the best information available. Life happens and pushes you in all sorts of directions. Process that new information and compare it to your previous experiences. Come to a conclusion after thinking about it and talking about it with people you respect. Then, go for it! If you made a bad decision then you’ll figure it out eventually. Nobody said you can’t change your mind. A wise person once said “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Who cares if it doesn’t all happen the way you planned it? That’s what makes life so interesting!