Being a nurse is an extremely fulfilling occupation with great job security. Did you know nurses consist of about 3 million of the present workforce in the country and need is growing! Whether you’re a high-school student look for your career path or maybe you’re looking for a career change, a career in nursing may be a profession to consider. To help you decide, we are sharing our 6 need-to-know facts for future nurses.
Nursing is a Trusted Profession
Helping others is not only a great way to make a living, but making a difference in someone’s life is often priceless. Nurses are one of most trusted professions. In fact, in the 2019 Gallup annual survey, nurses were ranked as the most trusted professional for the eighteenth year in a row! The survey also reported eighty-five percent of Americans say the honesty and ethical standards of nurses are “very high” or “high”.
Nurse Education Doesn’t Stop
Becoming a nurse is a rewarding profession, but it requires hard work and determination. To become a nurse you must go to nursing school and pass the NCLEX-RN. This is the minimum license you can obtain in order to practice as a nurse. The education doesn’t stop here though.
Many employers encourage their nurses to gain additional credentials and to continue their education to receive a BSN, MSN, APRN and more! You should also know, once you have your license you must also continuously fulfill your states continuing education requirements. These education requirements help you in maintain your nursing license.
Make sure you also educate yourself on the available levels of advance practice. Some of them include:
- Nurse practitioner (NP) | Nurse practitioners provide primary care, preventative care, can diagnose and treat some conditions and can prescribe some medications.
- Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) | These advanced nurses practice in hospitals, birthing centers and even patients’ homes. They provide obstetric and gynecologic care.
- Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) | These nurses provide anesthesia to patients who are getting surgery or for other procedures requiring it.
- Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) | These nurses are experts in a particular area of nursing practice and they practice in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other settings.
Nursing is a fascinating field!
Did you know…
- Nursing is the most trusted professions in the United States?
- As a nurse you can have a wide range of specialties to choose from?
- Nurses training can take from one to four years, depending on the desired position?
- Nurses are always in demand, and thus there is great job security? In fact, according to the American Nurses Association, there will be an additional 1.13 million nurses needed by 2022.
- On average, nurses walk 4-miles per shift? Make sure you like to be on your feet, and have comfortable shoes.
You can practice in a variety of settings!
Nurses can work in a large variety of settings. Though many may choose to practice in hospitals or a doctors office, they can also choose to work in medical offices, schools, nursing homes, community health centers, clinics and shelters. Nurses can also take advantage of the upcoming trend of at home health. Some hospital systems now offer positions that allow nurses to work normal hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and travel locally to take care of patients. These at home care coordinators are an emerging trend some may find appealing!
Be Sure to Understand What’s Required of Nurses
Nurses can perform a number of different professional tasks, some of which may put you in a difficult or emotionally difficult position. Professionl tasks will differ according to nurse specialty or where you choose to work. Some of these tasks can include:
- Doing physical exams.
- Obtaining a patient’s medical history.
- Providing patients with counseling.
- Administering medications.
- Performing health interventions.
- Supervising staff, such as nursing assistants.
Nursing Specialties Give You Options
Did you know there are more than 100 nursing specialties? Having so many options can give you the option to grow in a career and field that’s diverse. Hospital systems give nurses the opportunities to work in specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, heart, pediatrics, home health, emergency nursing and many more. They also allow for you to gain experience and specialize in your niche. For example, you can be a nurse working with heart patients and specialize even further with the more education you have and experience you gain.
Becoming a nurse offers so many opportunities and challenges for those who want to dedicate their lives to helping others. With the demand very high for well-trained nurses, there is no end to the path you can walk in a wonderful career.