It seems like the hot topic for nursing students right now is the vast area of nursing specialties. Every website and blog that I’ve been checking out has this topic on the top of their list. If you are in a Vocational Nursing program in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are a lot of options to consider.
Different people have different talents and character traits, and there are just as many specialties as there are personality types.
If you like to work with children, maybe a children’s hospital or pediatric ward would suit you. However, this takes a certain type of person to deal with the grief and hardships that come with helping sick or terminal child patients.
Another area that may be of interest is working as an ER nurse. If you like the fast paced action and variety of illnesses and injuries that enter the doors, this might be the field for you. “ER nurses work in a fast-paced environment because they have to deal with life and death situations at a moment’s notice. They might be busy for hours on end and then not see a single patient for many hours or an entire day.” You have to handle stress well and think on your feet at a moment’s notice.
One area that is new to me is the trans-cultural nursing sector. “The trans-cultural nursing sector presents among the largest and growing nursing job opportunities. This is a field in which a nurse would aid an individual or family from another country and with different cultural needs. Healthcare provision is based on these individuals’ specific physical, spiritual and emotional needs and will be determined by their own cultural factors.”
Working at a fertility clinic is also a growing area for nurses seeking employment. It seems that fertility centers, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and fertility drugs are becoming more common place. As a woman who has battled infertility for six years, I appreciate this field and the medical staff who have dedicated their lives to helping couples build their families. Although we did not use fertility treatments to start our family, the compassionate people we came across helped us to make life changing decisions for our future.
These are only a few examples of the specialties that are out there. If you are in an Vocational Nursing school, look into all of your options and use the people around you as resources to help guide your future. It’s like the saying goes, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!”