How do you choose a specialty in nursing?
Some people have an idea as to which area of nursing they are interested in, either due to prior exposure (family member works in a particular area or you or someone you know spent time in the hospital and you were exposed to that area). If you are in nursing school, you will be exposed to various units (not all) of the hospital during your clinical rotations. Most of the time, it also depends on your personality and what kind of environment you thrive in (i.e. fast paced environment of the ED, the slightly slower but more intense environment of the ICU or or less intense but requiring good time management skills of the medical/surgical floor nursing. As you do your clinical rotations, talk to the staff on the units and try to take in as much experience you can to help you make the decision. I personally have worked in adult medical surgical (new graduate), surgical trauma ICU, ED, PICU, Flight Nursing and Peds CVICU. The great part of nursing is that if you don't like a particular area or you get bored, you can always change and try something new.