Life can be hard for idealists. Trying to find a noble career that provides care to and serves mankind, and allows one to earn a living can be difficult. One also desires to be a leader and to be someone who can take their own unique personality and make a mark on the world. One such profession is nursing.
Nurses are called to be leaders everyday. Nurses have the responsibility of caring for people when they are at their most vulnerable. At the same time, patients and their families have their own ideas about their healthcare experience. Nurses must walk the line between respecting the wishes of the individual patient and doing what is in the best interest of all. When dealing with difficult patients, a nurse must first attempt to see the situation from the patient’s viewpoint. A sick and relatively helpless person’s cantankerous behavior is likely simply their way of trying to maintain some control over their life. It is important that nurses provide a sense of stability for patients. A nurse should attempt to remain calm at all times and must do what is necessary to provide the best care.
While nurses often do not get the respect they deserve, the truth is that nursing is a demanding profession, and one must undergo significant nursing training to enter the field. To become an RN, one must complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing or enter a two-year degree program and obtain an associate’s degree in nursing. A bachelor’s degree program will contain more academic coursework, while an associate degree nursing program is an intensive experience involving much direct patient care. After completing one’s chosen nursing training program, a potential nurse must then take and pass the board exams. A successful student will then seek employment in their chosen field.
In some ways, the employment search will be easier for nurses than for many others. Nurses are in high demand now and will continue to be so. As the population ages, more nurses will be needed to care for the sick and elderly. In addition, there will be openings due to the retirement of current nurses. Nursing was once one of the few professions open to women. Today, that is no longer the case. As more women pursue other careers, that leaves openings in the traditionally female-dominated fields. Nursing is also a virtually repression-proof job, since healthcare is something that a consumer can never simply opt out of. While people may cut back on shopping, entertainment and even food, choosing not to get sick is not an option. Cutting back on nurses is also not feasible. While some hospitals may try to increase the number of patients served by one nurse, the reality is that there is a limit. And, because nursing care can not be provided by unskilled workers, eliminating higher paid nurses is not an option.
Higher pay is something that is enjoyed by nurses. As demand for nurses increases in the western world, so does the pay that is given to qualified nurses. A quality nurse has the potential to earn a significant salary. Nurses also enjoy varied schedules. It is possible for nurses to work 12-hour shifts, a situation that allows them to work a full-time job and still have a significant number of work-free days to raise their family or pursue other interests.
Nursing is a highly rewarding and demanding profession. Modern nurses undergo rigorous nursing training to enter the profession. They must prove their capabilities by undergoing stringent exams. They must find work in their chosen field and face the realities of working with ill patients who may become difficult. Because of this, nurses deserve the utmost respect. And, in many cases, they are given that respect through recession-proof jobs, higher salaries and the satisfaction that comes from helping others through a truly noble profession.