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Nursing Choices

There are so many choices to make with the degree of nursing; get a master's, specialize, etc. How do you know what steps to take to be the best nurse you can be? What is it like to continue on for a master's degree, PhD, etc.? How would you know what to specialize in, and/or what should my minor be in? My school requires a major and a minor, so if I major in nursing, what would be a good minor?
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Hi Clarise!

Nursing is a wonderful profession for a number of reasons with a big one being the endless opportunities! As far as a minor for undergrad I would say find something that interest you ( I personally loved sociology). I'm not sure your minor will have much effect on your future nursing career or advanced education.

I think that knowing which kind of nurse you would like to be comes with time and experience. I know many nurses go into nursing school thinking they would like to be a peds nurse (myself included) or a ER nurse but when they end up in clinicals and getting the experience they find they are passionate about something completely different. I personally fell in love with cardiac nursing prior to stepping away from the bedside. I never would have imagined that I would have ended up in a non clinical role. The possibilities with a nursing degree are really endless. I have been a nurse for almost 10 years now and will be starting a masters program in the fall (MSN in leadership, analytics and innovation). This is surely not the route I though my nursing career would have taken me but I couldn't be happier! My advice would be to keep an open mind, be open to different opportunities and experience to help find your passion.


Best of luck!
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