Every year, countless fresh graduates enrol into nursing programs to become a nurse. Nursing is definitely a fantastic career as it allows a person to help others out while building a career that is stable and always in high demand both locally and overseas. However, being a nurse is also a challenging (but rewarding) career that requires hard work and dedication.
Check out the 9 things you need to know before becoming a nurse.
If you want to become a nurse, the first thing you need is patience. Remember a nurse deals with a variety of things on a daily basis, including spending a lot of time on the phone, talking with other departments in the hospital. In fact, plan to call them multiple times a day, to check for lab results, pharmacy, social work, nutrition, case management, etc.
Nurses can easily find a job. In almost all geographical areas of the world, a nurse can find a job easily. So if you love to travel and work in new exciting places, nursing is the career for you.
Another great benefit of becoming a nurse is that nurses can easily specialize in their area of interest. For example, if you love kids, you can become a pediatric nurse; if you are interested in midwifery, you can become a midwife nurse; if you are into research, you can become a research nurse.
Being a nurse is not only medical care. You will have to do a lot of different things. For example, the mediator between families and doctors when the needs arise.
Be prepared to help the doctor, your patients and your patients’ family any way you can.
If you are thinking about becoming a nurse, you need to remember more than anyone else.
Doctors may sometimes refer to you for details regarding the patients, from every disease process, medication, lab results, vital signs, etc.
Be prepared to jot down some every important details of your patients and the doctors who rely on you.
You can be sure, nurses will always be in demand. In fact, Malaysia needs to catch up with the national population ratio. Nurses are not only needed for medical care, but to provide health promotion and preventive care.
In fact, a new full time registered nurse would save at least five lives in a hospital. So nurses will always be in need.
If you become a nurse, you will always have an option for work. You would be able to find a job and support yourself, no matter what because the job is constantly in demand, even during recession.
Mistakes happen and you need to be prepared to make them. You might feel very guilty for every single mistake you make; just understand that no one is perfect, and that include yourself.
As a nurse, you need to stay strong if you wish to continue and help more people.
No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to become a nurse. In fact, there are different types of nursing programs for people of different ages. For example, with an intensive but worth-the-effort program, you can become a nurse within two years. Part-time programs are also available. Just don’t let your age hold you back from an amazing career.
In a nutshell, being a nurse is a challenging job as patients’ well-being literally depends on you. However, it’s also a profession that offers a great deal of autonomy, reward, satisfaction and leadership opportunities. So if your dream has always been to help people in need, go ahead and do not let anyone hold you down.