Nursing is a highly demanding and exciting profession that allows the individual nurse or nurses to make great difference in the lives of the patients and families that they cared for.It is a profession within the health care industry which focused on the care of individuals, families and the community as a whole to obtain optimal treatment , recover and maintain quality of life. I personally see nursing as nurturing, knowledge, technical competence,good interpersonal skills, caring, compassionate, good communication, dependable, commitment and accountable. The nurse should have knowledge of fundamental skills in the laboratory ( Microbiology, Chemistry lab,anatomy and physiology, statistics and possible physics depending on the school) stimulation laboratory and the actual clinical rotations ,where the nursing students will take care of real patients and interactions with patients and their families.
Nursing is a science and also an art.Nursing as a science focuses on the embodiment of knowledge link technical skills with interventions and a desirable outcome in the care of patients.As an art the spirit of caring, nurturing and compassion to assist individual to reach the individual desired health goals. Also the nurse should be able to understand that before your client came to the hospital that he/she has a life.That the holistic approach to basic needs exist across the lifecycles.Nursing students will be taught gradually nursing theory,nursing process, policy and procedures.
Some people know what they want to be when they were young but some people do not but make up their minds much later to become a nurse.I wanted to be a lawyer but ended up as a teacher for many years before I became a Registered nurse.Nursing is a great profession.As a nurse you have so much power that you don’t know that you have.For example power to take care of your own health and the health of your family,financial freedom.You can make lots of money with only four years of college degree. You can start by being Certified nursing assistant to LPN/ LVN to Associate Nursing degree or Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Whether you are ADN or BSN you will be taking the NCLEX ( National Council of Licensure Examination)to obtain RN license so that you can practice nursing.You can take your prerequisites in community College and transfer to the university of your choice or you can continue in community college programs and obtain Associate degree in nursing. The chioce is yours maintain a good GPA of at least 3.0 so that you can have an edge over others. I know that some schools will accept 2.5.I never target anything less than 4.0 to give me an edge. In the program the most important thing is to graduate, take your licensing examination and pass.The CNA is a good thing because it allows you to get exposure to working in hospital, meeting real patients. It will help you while you navigate through the nursing school. USC program was very rigorous but it is worth every penny of it and the connection after graduation is excellent.
If you graduate in nursing with your BSN PROGRAM, the sky is your limit you can transition easily than if you have associate degree. Nursing is a great profession no matter what degree that you have. Here are list of areas that you can choose from:Nurse anesthesia, NICU nurse,Cath Laboratory nurse,Employee health nurse, Forensic nurse,School nurse,Legal nurse,College professor, Hematology/ Oncology nurse,Travel nurse,Woundcare nurse,Psychiatric nurse,Orthopedic nurse,OR/PACU nurse,Community health nurse,ICU nurse,Case manager,Pediatric nurse,Maternity/Postpartum nurse,Public health nurse,Rehabilitation nurse,Research nurse,Risk management/Utilization review/ Quality assurance nurse.Nurse Informatics, Nurse Practitioner,Hospice/ Palliative nurse or Hemodialysis nurse.There are so many areas to choose from. You can work anywhere. Nursing profession is very flexible. There are various shift and different hours to choose from 06am to 2: 30PM ,07am to 3:30 PM 11pm to 07am.08am to 4PM.
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