Guidelines in Choosing a Field in Nursing

Nursing like other professions have sub-specialties that emerged as advancements in  nursing care develop. Together with this new trends, responsibilities, job description and skills are being added to the definition of being a professional nurse.

First of all, in choosing a field in nursing it would be helpful enough to be aware of ones strengths and weaknesses so that one could effectively perform the duties and answer the job requirements in a certain field of nursing.

Self-awareness activities is a common activity in psychiatric nursing wherein the nurse is made to be aware with his or her strengths as well as weaknesses and steps that he or she could take in order to make use all of his or her capabilities in order to be an effective health team member.

This activity is also true enough is choosing a field in nursing.

After knowing yourself in a deeper sense, here are sensible questions in considering a field in nursing:

1. Where do I see myself five, ten or twenty years after?
2. Will this field of nursing favors professional growth for me?
3. Will this satisfy my interest and gist in life?
4. Aside from self satisfaction, will this job be financially rewarding?

These are just fundamental questions, feel free to add more in order to be clarified.

Here are the fields of nursing that are in consideration:
1. Hospital or Institutional Nursing – Nurses work with a health team and the setting is most likely hospitals, hospices, clinics and nursing homes.

2. Public Health Nursing or Community Health Nursing – Nurses are exposed to the community set-up wherein their clients are individuals, families or groups.

3. Private Duty or Special Duty Nursing – Nurses are considered as individual contractors wherein they have sole responsibility for the client.

4. Industrial or Occupational Health Nursing – Nurses here work with companies and clients here are workers in a certain company. It is required to have previous exposure to hospitals since emerging situations may arise.

5. Nursing Education – Nurses here are also teachers and molders of the future of nursing. They equip young minds in order to be competent nurses later on.

6. Military Nursing – Nurses here are specially trained for medical services during war or peace. They are responsible on both health of civilians and military men as well as people considered as enemies. This kind of field demands endurance of the rapid activity and action on the unpredictable field of work.

7. School Nursing – Nurses are responsible primarily in the welfare of students as well as the faculty.  They responsible in health care activities and services by the school.

8. Clinic Nursing – Nurses works with a doctor and serves as the receptionist, data gatherer and organizer. Scheduling of appointments and organizing the patient’s files are the major activities in this field. Simple procedures such as immunizations or suturing of wounds are assisted by clinic nurses.

As technology advances, more and more fields in nursing emerge, so it is a must for a nurse to be updated and take hold of the future of his or her profession.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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