Date Published: September 20, 2017
Choosing your specialty as a nurse is an exciting, but often times difficult decision. Why? Well for starters, you have over 100 to choose from. Not to mention your role can be vastly different in one setting compared to another. So how can you get an inside look at these areas without actually being on the floor? We want to share five in-depth looks at the day-to-day of nurses in various specialties.
Meet Labor and Delivery Nurse, Sarah Washington, RN, BSN
“I wish I knew that it would take me at least a year in a certain specialty to feel comfortable and confident as a nurse. Even switching from Medical/Oncology to Labor & Delivery, I felt like a new nurse all over again. Each field of nursing is distinct and poses unique challenges.” – Sarah Washington, RN, BSN
Meet Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse, Michelle Picconi, RN, BSN
“The number of deaths in this patient population can be overwhelming at times. By the time a patient passes, you are close with not only them but their families and have seen them through so, so much in terms of endless treatments, relapses and remissions, and pain and suffering to an extent that can seem inhumane at times. It can be the most emotionally taxing job at times, and is something you never really “just get used to.” Despite this, it truly is a privilege to help patients fight this fight and I am so lucky to work with these patients. They are truly amazing and restore my faith and hope in humanity on a daily basis.” -Michelle Picconi, RN, BSN
Meet Pediatric Oncology Nurse, Lauren Renfro, RN, BSN
“I might be biased, but being a CCBD nurse is one of the most rewarding nursing careers. I get to hang out with some of the coolest, bravest kids and their families’ every day. I love my job and my coworkers and look forward to the challenges each day brings. My advice is to always follow your goals and pursue a career that makes you happy. Becoming a nurse has so many advantages and the career options are endless. Do not settle until you find a position in nursing that truly makes you happy!” -Lauren Renfro, RN, BSN
Meet Adult Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Kelley Murphy, RN, BSN
“There is never a dull moment in the SICU/CVTICU. We receive critically unstable patients from the OR who undergo open heart, lung, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular surgeries, as well as liver and kidney transplants, who often require intense monitoring and resuscitation. We also receive overflow patients from the neuroscience ICU, medical and cardiac ICUs.” -Kelley Murphy, RN, BSN
Meet Travel NICU Nurse, Shaina Rivera, RN, BSN
“There are a lot of benefits from traveling to different hospitals. You get to see differing ways in patient care, different technologies, how different departments can be set up, employee satisfaction and involvement, policies, and protocols, etc. Seeing different ways of doing the same thing from state to state enables you to decide what you would like to take with you as you grow in your nursing practice, and what you don’t. It will give you more ideas on how to improve each hospital you will work in your future.” -Shaina Rivera, RN, BSN
Know a nurse who has a great inside look to share? Let us know! We are always looking for new nurses to spotlight. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.