How do I decide what nursing specialty would be best for me?
I really like working with kids so I think I'd like pediatric nursing, but from what I've looked at I think being a nurse anesthetist would offer better pay. I'm more interested in pediatric nursing, but I have various ambitions that I think I would need to be very financially stable to accomplish. How should I decide which one to focus on in the long run, and would being a pediatric nurse ever be an equally stable career, or not?
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The great thing about nursing is there's so many routes you can take to achieve achieve exactly what you want. First of all, it's great that you already have an idea what you want to do. On top of that, you're considering income and job stability which is very smart!
In your case, you can have all three. Here's some options:
1. Remain a pediatric nurse, but live in a state that pays well. Some states (like California) pay many of their pediatric nurses over 6 figures.
2. Remain a pediatric nurse, but choose a specialty, for example, pediatric ICU or pediatric oncology. These fields will generally pay more.
3. Remain a pediatric nurse, but do pediatric travel nursing. Travel nurses easily make over 6 figures. All you'll need is 1 - 2 years of experience at a hospital first.
4. Go to graduate school and become a Pediatric nurse practitioner. If you work in a hospital, this can pay very well.
Keep in mind, the higher the degree, the better the pay. Also, the more specialized the field, the higher the pay. Becoming a nurse anesthetist solely for pay might make you very unhappy in the end. The pediatric nursing world needs nurses who love kids. Good luck to you!