Thursday, 1 October 2009

Did you?

Did you always know what you were going to do career/job wise?

I did.

I was lucky.

Now I am stuck.

I have always wanted to be a Nurse or work in the medical profession for as long as I can remember. As I grew up it was either you played princesses or doctors and nurses with me. They were always the two choices, it was always the way...I started delegating early :)

I made sure I got the grades in the subjects I required for Nursing. I made sure I studied and revised the interview questions to get into nursing school. However, now I have no idea what branch of nursing I want to go into. Before, there was always a choice or virtually an easy answer. Now I feel like there is too much choice to choose from, which is a FANTASTIC attribute to the profession but at the moment I am struggling.

All my friends know what field of nursing they want to go into. However, I keep flitting - all the time. To the point I am going insane. I have to start applying next March for jobs and where do I begin to start? I know where I do not want to go but it doesn't narrow the list down. I guess I just want my first job to me memorable and a good start/choice to being qualified. :)

I know it comes across that I having a big vent but this is starting to worry me. I have been training for over two years now I still have no clue. One minute surgical, then palliative and then recovery...

In whichever career you are in or want to be in, was the choice hard for you as well?

18 comments:

Suki said...

Probably this choice is never easy.
But just go back and remember which field was the most interesting for you and I think in this one you should apply.
I hope this helps.

In my case, I still have 2 years of studying to do until I have to decide.

Alex(andra) said...

I'm sorry you're having a hard time deciding... I bet one day it just comes to you though... You'll realize you love one are more than the rest. =)

I went back and forth for years about what I wanted to do. Now that I'm set in my engineering ways, I think about "Well what if I had decided to be a doctor or teacher instead?" But, I know I'll be happy with what I'm doing, and that's what's important.

Eva Foster said...

I had no clue what I wanted to do. My parents did not support the idea of a college degree (both of them dropped out of high school). The couldn't afford to send us kids to college, no way. My goal growing up was to be married and have a child by the time I was 18. Here is what I learned: GOD HAD OTHER PLANS. I met my now husband when I was 18 and I was married at 19. We moved to the West Coast and the first thing he said was "you are going to college so pick something." At this time I was working in a opthalmology office. I chose nursing just off the top of my head. I can't tell you what that decision has brought me, especially since I was forced to go to school. I tell you what, I can't thank my husband enough. It opened up a whole new world and I believe nursing is my calling. There is such joy in talking to and caring for each patient. I too have difficulty choosing a branch of nursing though. I'm think OR but I do have my OB rotation this weekend so that could change! Good luck sweetie! Sorry for the long post.

Holly said...

Hahah no, absolutely not! In fact it's only very recently that I've "decided" that I want to be an ESOL teacher.

I don't think not knowing exactly what you want to do with your life at our age is unusual at all. :)

Brittney Galloway said...

I knew I had wanted to be a teacher since I was in preschool! I always thought I wanted to teach Kindergarten, but then I realized I love reading and discussing books, and that kindergartners can't even read! I switched to upper elementary school because I thought it was just the best of both worlds!

I hope you can figure it out. Just think of where you would be the most blessing to someone!

Also, I love your music!

Mere said...

I have always wanted to be either a nurse or a teacher. The great debate has always been which to choose. I am now 100% sure I want to be a nurse and couldn't be more excited!! The years in which it took me to decide were difficult and while I'm still young I guess it was okay for me to be unsure. I think I'd lean towards surgical if I were you....it's always something new and interesting.....

Love, Mere

Lauren said...

For me the decision has been easy. In high school I took a class that let us do rotations in two different hospitals and tag along with the nurses. Getting to spend a few days in all of the different nursing areas helped me narrow mine down. I knew I wanted to do something with kids, I loved the newborn nursery and the NICU but labor and delivery was my absolute favorite! I asked my teacher if I could spend the rest of the school year in labor and delivery and sure enough he let me. It was the one place where I felt comfortable.

I know people say that once in the nursing program the odds are that I will probably change my mind but for right now I most definitely want to be a labor and delivery nurse.

I hope you can figure it out! Just follow your gut instinct and go with it!

Callie Nicole said...

The choice wasn't really hard for me - I initially was thinking about nursing, but I decided I didn't want to give people shots. So my mom told me about hygiene, and I decided that was the direction I was going to go (I was twelve years old at that time). Ironically I still ended up having to give people shots - but it still seems better to me that it's just in the mouth!
It would be tough to decide which field to go into with nursing - there are alot of options! I'll be praying for ya!

student101 said...

i know how you feel.. i graduate in June yet i have no idea which field of social work i want to specialise in! whether it is school social work, domestic violence. child protection services etc.

I'm just planning to go with the flow... see what options are available and apply to them all and then sees who accepts me! Dont know if this could work for you too!

My sister is an SRN and she chose surgical - after previously saying she would never go for surgical nursing, and is now loving it! Just goes to show you... never say never to anything!

kathryn-louisa said...
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kathryn-louisa said...

Hey sweetie!

Good to hear from you :) thanks for the comment!

In answer to your question, I only worked out in the past year or so that I want to go into journalism and am still not really sure what area I should pursue... I think we are entitled to be indecisive about such important things though and am sure you will figure it out in the end :)

xxxx

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teasinglydiverse said...

Hi Rebecca, I came over from your comment on Jessica Turner's most recent post because my middle name is Louise too :) And seeing your header photo means I'll probably be back again (I lived in France for awhile)!

I'm in law school and I know just what you mean. Everybody expects me to know what I want to do, because I've graduated from college and I'm in professional school. While I do have it narrowed down to "lawyer" there seem to be too many possibilities for me to be able to choose!
Happy Sunday!

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i knew i wanted to write and i knew i loved fashion magazines... anything that combined the two was perfect!

but even though i knew, it was still hard sometimes...

im sure you will figure it out, you have a life time

Janet said...

I always wanted to be a teacher. For as long as I can remember - and I was - for twelve wonderful years. Then I had a massive life change! I got divorced and moved to Johannesburg with my little girl. Was offered a job with a stock broking firm and have been doing this for 12 years now too! LOL! Two completely opposite vocations and I have loved them both! :)

Stacie said...

i, like you, have always known i wanted to be a nurse. 10 years later, i am still pleased with my choice. but even from the age of 5, i always knew i wanted to work with children. i have had many different jobs within the last 10 years, and for one reason or another, i have loved each one. you will always remember your first job fondly, whether you love it or not.

Mary said...

Lucky for me, I said that I was going to be a pediatric nurse in the 5th grade. I almost quit nursing school after having a couple of rotations of adult care, so that made it an easy decision. I've been in the same job for the past 6 years. Just think about your clinical experience and what you have enjoyed the most. I was lucky enough to get a job on the floor that I did my peds rotation on.

P.S. It's Playa Del Carmen, Mexico...12 more days!!! :)

Candy Hart said...

Oh, girl whichever you choose I'm sure you'll be happy!! You seem to have a gift to help other people thru there problems!!

Justine said...

I have been struggling with this issue. I don't know what God's plan for my life is, and it is very hard at times. It will become clear to you where you are suppose to go. the choice for me to become a teacher was very hard. It is one that I think about often, but I just have to trust God.

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