If you're a nurse or becoming a nurse you're probably wondering what your options are based on position responsibilities and education and what that means for your paycheck. That's where nursing specialties come in. Nursing Specialties allow nurses to work in a field that they're interested in and prefer. For every unique nurse, there is a nursing specialty to match your personality and passions.
Nursing specializations are nursing positions that require varying knowledge, education, or experience to practice. These specializations have evolved as the nursing profession has grown and allow nurses to build expertise in different areas of nursing. Specialties can be separated by patient age, demographic, location, type of care, salary, education, and more.
Choosing a nursing specialty can help you build a life that aligns your professional work with your passions and interests. If you don't have an area of medical care that you're particularly interested in you can support a specific demographic or follow high demand (and likely high salaries).
Reflect on past clinical rotations and ask yourself what the day-to-day care, workflow, and patient populations looked like. Think about what kind of work environment you enjoyed, fast-paced or more relaxed and chatty? It's also important to consider professional growth - will this specialty satisfy me professionally by challenging me and providing mental problem-solving? It may help to create a pros and cons list. Consider the following: education requirements, career advancement, certifications, salary, specialty responsibilities, common diagnoses, care setting, and location.
Nomad currently offers jobs in 20 unique nursing specialty options, here's a breakdown of each one:
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Check out the top-paying Nurse Specialties for 2021 according to Nursing School Hub.
Changing specialties can be a daunting or scary task, but finding a new nursing passion is an exciting opportunity. A great way to find out if a new specialty is right for you is to ask the hiring manager or supervisor at your facility if you can try out a few shifts as an extra in a new department. This way you can test out a role before committing to a full assignment.
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