I’ve Picked Nursing as my Profession, Now What Should I Specialize In?

The best thing about being a student of a professional school is there is a linear route to your future profession. For example, if you are a student in the schools of business, pharmacy or nursing, it is understood that your major is directly related to your future occupation and you will work in business, become a pharmacist or a nurse. What question is left unanswered is what industry or specialty is your preference?

Clinicals are a great way to not only build skills but to begin to consider what specialty area of practice is the best fit for your interests. Most clinicals revolve around Med/Surg, Obstetrics, Community and Psych but are you aware of the many non-traditional fields in nursing that exist?

My favorite resources on line to learn about nursing specialties are as follow:

Johnson & Johnson has an exploration page that has 104 specialties broken down into 9 categories. Each specialty has its own page with a description of what the specialty does and the career path to get there. To explore this great resource click http://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#no-filters

Another great site is from a website called “Types of Nursing.” It has 68 different job descriptions of different nursing jobs. To learn more click http://typesofnurses.net/nurse-job-descriptions/

Lastly, I like this resource by All Nurses. This resource has different type of areas of practice but also has links to professional associations for their respective areas of specialty. Professional associations are great resources for students to find in depth knowledge of that area of practice, career advice and mentorship opportunities. This website may be found at http://allnurses.com/nursing-career-advice/types-of-nursing-121955.html

By Laura Evangelista
Laura Evangelista Assistant Director for Curriculum Design and Pre-Professional Advising Laura Evangelista