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Cracking the Nursing Interview by Jim Keogh

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Chapter 5 Choosing a Nursing Specialty

Developing a Career Path

Few nurses actually plan their nursing career aside from graduating nursing school and finding their first nursing job. A nursing career seems to evolve from circumstances and opportunities that just happen – not from deliberate planning. Downsizing may force you to explore a different type of nursing. Openings within your hospital may give you a chance to branch into a new specialty. However, you probably don’t have a master plan – a career path.

A career path is a plan that states a goal and enumerates the tasks necessary to reach that goal. You had such a plan when you first thought about becoming a nurse. The goal was to become a licensed nurse. You selected a nursing school, ...

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