As you go through nursing school and explore the wide range of the nursing field, you’ll find out there will be many career paths you can walk down. It’s important to explore what’s important to you when making your decision on which specialty you’d like to pursue. As you go on that journey, be sure to take some time and really get at the heart of what drives you, inspires you, and makes you excited to go to work every day and care for others.
A few questions to ask yourself are:
- What do you see yourself doing every day?
- What kind of difference do you want to make?
- Who do you want to serve and care for?
- What environment do you see yourself in?
- What kind of relationship do you want to have with the people you care for?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you create your goals and better navigate the nursing spectrum to find the right place for your interests and passions. Always keep them in mind from the moment you submit your first applications to your last day of work. Sometimes the answers will change, or you may just find you are exactly where you were meant to be.
We asked our curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, why she chose long-term care over all other nursing paths. This is her story: