As a new nurse I always dreamed of the fast-paced ER or ICU setting where things were always exciting and there was always some sort of chaos going on. In reality that is not how nursing actually is. Most of the time in a clinical setting such as a hospital or long term care facility, from my experience, most days were filled with medication administration and cleaning people up after they were incontinent.
Pretty early on I realized that clinical nursing was not what I always thought it would be. Yes, there is some of that chaos every once in awhile, but most of the day is filled with a very long list of tasks that need to get done and people calling your name every second.
After some experience in a few different settings I honestly am still trying to find what my niche is in nursing. In my experience, finding your niche involves trying new things, which is why I bounce around in jobs. I have been in long term care, skilled nursing facilities, a hospital Med-Surg floor, Long term acute care, and now I am a clinical liaison in a hospital. I would say that all of those jobs taught me everything I need to know, when I needed to know it. Each experience showed me things I like and things I don’t like about nursing, which ultimately will help me find what fits best for me.
Finding your niche involves:
+ Doing your research
+ Trying new opportunities
+ Asking others who have experience
+ Finding what you are interested in and going for it
+ Taking a risk to try it out, even it is not what you intended it to be
+ Don’t settle
+ Know your strengths and weaknesses
+ Don’t make decisions based on fear
+ Keep positive and strive to be your best
I think it is important to start somewhere and make the most of it. If you don’t like it after all, you’re a nurse you can find something else that fits better. It is important in the beginning to take the best opportunities you can find. It can be discouraging if you do not get into the exact field you want to right away, but you can always take something from every experience you have. I truly believe that my path in nursing so far happened as it was supposed to and I learned something from each specialty.