How did you choose your nursing specialty?

Shutterstock | Tyler Olson
Shutterstock | Tyler Olson

What is meant to be always seems to find a way to happen. We asked the nurses on our Scrubs Mag Facebook page to tell us about their “aha” moments that led them to their nursing specialty. Although some seem to have realized their true calling before leaving the womb, others reported going through strenuous life events and, in some cases, multiple careers before discovering their nurse destiny.

“I don’t think I ever wanted to do anything else. Med/surg makes it easy to help a variety of people. I love it and have for many, many years.” —Ellen J.

“I had a miscarriage and was all alone in the hospital when I met this nurse who made such an impact on me. She took the time to talk to me. She also gave me a hug. At that moment I thought to myself, ‘I want to do the same for other people, give comfort and show compassion in the most vulnerable time of their lives.'” —Luciana W.

“I am a recovering alcoholic, and as a young, intoxicated female, I was treated pretty badly by a lot of people. When I got sober, I wanted to work with other alcoholics, and so I tried to get training as a CD counselor. Nothing worked. Every door I tried got slammed in my face, and someone kept saying, ‘Why don’t you try nursing?’ So I went to the local college and applied for their nursing program, and doors started opening right and left. In 25 years as a nurse, I have tried other fields, and I always come back to mental health. It is my home!” —Sharon H.

“I donated a kidney to a friend and went into nephrology!” —Rita D.

“I always wanted to be like Mary Ellen Walton and wander around the countryside on Old Blue, seeing my patients…I have been a community nurse consultant for 21 years. I wander around the back roads of our county seeing my patients…in an old Saturn.” —Lee B.

“Three months as an antepartum patient with my last baby on mom/baby. I am a maternity nurse.” —Beth G.

“I was affected by a child fatality and ever since have worked in pediatric operating theaters! Making a difference, caring for children and their carers is 110 percent job satisfaction!” —Sally C.

“The hospice where my sister made her grand transition gave me the inspiration to make a transition of my own. My sweetest days come when I help a family assist a loved one cross on to that next stage.” —Renata B.

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3 Responses to How did you choose your nursing specialty?

  1. Seaflite

    I think everyone has a preconcieved idea of what they want to do when they graduate. Like most guys, I was leading towards ER or ICU. I was very disappointed when those rotations came. I was wondering if this was all a big mistake until I walked into gerontology. Career saved. I’m now an np splitting my time between clinic and hospice. 20+ years, never looked back. Definately an “Ah Ha” moment!

  2. Hatoole

    I wanted to be a nurse from as far back as I can remember. As it got closer told everyone I was going to be a Midwife. Graduated went to maternity and did not feel right. I was sent to the ER to help cover for someone and loved it. Then after 2 years there ended up in the CCU. Found home! Interesting since I lost my mother to coronary problems and found my husband there as an intern. It will always be special to me.
    I tell every young nurse try everything you will know when you find it.

  3. Rneyet

    During clinical in ob, my first birth that I was privileged to watch was a 5 foot 2 young lady who was married to a 6 foot 4 captain in the army. It was her 4th child, 1st girl. She was born face first, her epidural only numbed her legs but didn’t take away any of her pain. She told her husband that if she was their first child, they would not have another. Loved IN ever dince