I once worked with a nurse who, when I asked “How did you decide to do orthopaedic nursing?” she replied, “what? I haven’t decided anything, I’m still not sure what I want to do when I grow up!” (This nurse was in her 50’s).
When I finished university I was offered a place in St Vincent’s Hospital’s Transitional Support Program. I had no idea what wards I wanted to work on and was terrified of the idea of being place in a high acuity setting such as ICU or Emergency. Additionally I found a number of people asking me to choose between education, management or clinical nursing as my long term goal, and having just commenced full time work my long term goal was sleeping as much as possible and paying off debts.
After my first year of nursing I realised that I really wanted to work with children, and although I had no nursing experience in this area I applied and attended the interview having re-read all the notes I had from university on paediatric nursing. I got a job in an infant and toddler high dependency unit and I have been there ever since.
I think you can move around nursing as much as you want and experience a varied number of positions, and even if you are offered a job somewhere you were not expecting it still may turn out to be a great opportunity. I also think that nursing satisfaction is dependent on the work load and the team you work with. So my philosophy has always been to learn as much as possible, work within a team that I enjoy being a part of and know that I will always have time to move around and decide what I want to be when I grow up…. if I want to.
Have anyone ever had a drastic change in clinical field? or Have you ever worked somewhere that challenged your judgments about that field of work?
Additionally, have you ever lacked the confidence to try something new? and what do you think we could do to improve the self confidence of nurses?
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