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What can you do with RN degree?

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Bkgd: I'm a second year nursing student. I started off college in psychology, which has always been my passion. I changed to nursing because so many people (parents, other adults, peers, etc.) told me that you can't get a job in psych without a pHD and that nursing was just the better choice. I listened, because I could envision myself in the scrubs and being a nurse - I mean working with people is what I wanted most... and helping them would be really rewarding, right?

Well, I've never been super pumped/in love with it. I think a big part of that has to do with the fact that I get really bad anxiety regarding school/new things, and I'm sure all of you know that that just comes with the training. I'm finally in the pediatrics class, and I DO finally feel like I could do that in the future... maybe... but I still don't feel incredibly passionate about it/not excited as I thought I would.

It's too late to start back any other career choice, so I guess I just wanted to ask what else you can do with an RN/nursing degree. Is there anything besides bedside nursing? People always say "you'll have so many different options" - but what are they?

FYI: Yes, I've thought about psych nursing too... but when I did my mental health round it wasn't my favorite (when I was in psychology, I wanted to be a therapist... and psych nurses don't really do that!)

Any ideas/advice/similar stories would be appreciated! Can't wait to hear!

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Nursing Specialties - Nursing for Nurses

Best of luck to you. There are going to be a lot of emotional ups and downs while you're in school. That's normal. Most people think "what have I gotten myself into?" or even hate certain aspects of it. The pre-nursing romance is just not realistic. However, you shouldn't waste your time if you can't stant it. Otherwise, just ride it out and don't worry about deciding your entire life future right now. Things will fall into place soon enough.

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Also look at Johnson & Johnson's Discover Nursing web site. It lists many different specialties, including those away from the bedside.

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I'm sure as some point or another nurses will act as therapists. I work third shift and have to figure out things with just listening to the patient. I cannot wait to get my RN. I personally believe it is the best profession in the world and one time that could take you anywhere in the world.

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