Opportunities for career advancement with extended education is virtually "unlimited" in nursing, according to a Modern Nurse column.
If the choices are indeed unlimited, how does one decide in what direction to go?
The first and most obvious is pinpointing your individual interest or strength, and continuing educational accordingly. But for some professionals, it may not be so easy. Perhaps you need to weigh the pros and cons of a variety of specialties.
Considering the time and monetary investment required, putting in your due diligence isn't a bad thing by any means.
Choose the factors that matter the most to you, then list in order of importance. Once you have your top three, four, five criteria, assign a subheading to each discipline that interests you.
Perhaps one of your criteria is job security. The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers historical data on the stability of various careers, going back several years. Pay might be another criteria that ranks highly for your career needs.
Refer to the CareerCast Nursing Network database of jobs, which offers some insight into the wage opportunities for different areas of nursing.
Once you have ranked where each discipline falls within your criteria, you have the foundation of make an informed decision for your career advancement.