Follow Your Passions

A couple weeks ago my preceptor and I were discussing our current jobs, and she mentioned that while she was generally happy, she had thought occasionally of looking elsewhere. I confessed that I was learning a lot and really pleased with the nursing staff, but I had taken this job because it was offered after over 150 applications submitted. I told her my dreams and she encouraged me to continue looking, in case an opportunity presented itself.

Well I’ll be damned if that isn’t what happened. This morning an e-mail awaited me about an ONCOLOGY RESIDENCY at a neighboring hospital! At first glance I read the job description, and then closed the e-mail. I reasoned with myself that I was finally starting to feel comfortable in my current position and I needed to give it a fair shot before I walked away.

But my preceptor’s words kept echoing in my head, and I finally succumbed and submitted my application. This time I reasoned with myself that there was no harm in at least trying.

There are two things of which I am certain:

1) I am drawn to the oncology patients we see in the PCU and jump at the chance to get assigned to their care. If I know that’s where I want to be, why wait another year?

2) I don’t plan to stay in hospital nursing for longer than a few years. The sooner I can get into the specialty I want, the sooner I can get my experience in acute care oncology nursing and get out of the hospital and into the community setting.

I’m not sure how I’ll handle this if I actually get in interview. But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Any advice from my friends out there?

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