Career in Nursing
Did you know that every second there are millions of people worldwide seeking medical attention? Whether someone is admitted to a hospital, or just going to get an annual physical at the doctor’s office, healthcare is everywhere and in constant need. All medical care relies on registered nurses to make patients feel more comfortable and recover quicker. Doctors and surgeons rely on nurses to give medication to patients, and to communicate any further problems the patient may be having. Nurses need to have the patience to work with people of all types, and have the passion to help others feel better. I want to become a registered nurse because I love being able to take care of others and make them feel comfortable and happy, even under hard conditions. Nurses are the backbone to medical care and their roles in the workplace are needed for proper patient care; however, it takes a person with certain skills, values, and education background due to the challenges the career entails.
Becoming a nurse requires many different skills. An anonymous College Crunch writer explains the most vital skills nurses need in “Being a Nurse: Skills You Should Have.” These include emotional skills, intellectual skills, and communication skills. Nurses must be able to be strong enough emotionally to help the patient with what they need, no matter how their current condition affects them deep down. The author also states, “Patients look to a nurse not only to treat them but to educate them and offer support not only to the patient but to family members as well” (“Being a Nurse: Skills You Should Have”). There are many different diseases and conditions people can come down with, and it is important as a nurse to keep the patient feeling positive. Nurses can be major influences to their patients’ attitudes. This is a skill I know I have because I am always looking at the bright side of every situation I come across. Nursing is not for somebody who gets upset easily because depending on the department, a nurse could need to work with a patient who is terminally ill. Intellectual skills are also important for a nurse to have. A nurse must be able to multitask and be organized enough to keep accurate reports on all of their patients. This also requires responsibility and intelligence so the right questions are asked to gain more information on the patient. I know I have this skill mastered because I worked at a dermatology office my senior year in high school. I had to keep accurate records of the patients who came in and label biopsy bottles with all the correct information. I always made sure to be extremely organized as well, and I know I have what it takes to be just as organized when I become a registered nurse. The last major skills required for nursing is communication. The author states, “You will have to be able to communicate with doctors, patients, and your coworkers in a very fast paced environment” (“Being a Nurse: Skills You Should Have”). Without proper communication, the workplace can become a dysfunctional mess. Patients would not get the proper treatment they need and there would be a higher risk for mistakes to happen. I used this skill when I volunteered at Crittenton Hospital during my junior and senior year in high school. I volunteered in the surgical waiting room, where I had to communicate back and forth with the surgeons and the patients’ families. I also volunteered in the emergency room, where I had to communicate to doctors and coworkers if a patient had any further symptoms or problems. These skills are all vital to become a nurse. Working and volunteering in medical environments has helped me develop these skills and become more confident in the ones I knew I already had.
A good registered nurse has certain values he/she takes to the workplace. In the article “Five Things That Make a Good Nurse Great,” the author states many values a nurse should have before pursuing the career. A few of these values are honesty, equality, and happiness. A nurse must be honest to not only their patients, but also to doctors, their coworkers, and their bosses. For example, if a nurse did not understand directions told to her by a doctor, the nurse must be honest with his/herself and get further instructions to ensure the job gets done properly. The writer describes the nursing career as being “…the most honored and trusted profession in the world” (“Five Things That Make a Good Nurse Great”). I consider myself an honest person, although I have never come across an issue like this in my working history. I know if I did not understand something entirely, I would ask further questions to make sure I understand what I need to accomplish. Nurses also need to understand equality. There are people of all kinds who come to hospitals and doctors offices, and every person deserves the same kind of treatment. I consider myself someone who treats everyone equally and have been lucky enough to go to school with very diverse types of people since I was in elementary school. Happiness is another important value of nursing. I try to always have a positive attitude in every situation I come across because I feel this creates a happier mood within myself, and within those around me. Nurses need to do this to keep patients happy and to create positive energy inside the workplace. I have always had this value and plan on utilizing it when I become a registered nurse. These values make registered nurses more personable and reliable in the workplace, and therefore are necessary to anyone considering on pursuing a career in nursing.
Registered nurses must be thoroughly educated on their profession. This requires an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree in nursing. In the article “Requirements to Become a Nurse” by Kalpana Kumari, there is step-by-step information on the exact education required for this degree. I want to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing, and at Western Michigan University it is a five-year program. The first two years of college is for completing all prerequisite courses in order to be accepted into the nursing program. Those first two years are considered “pre-nursing.” The student trying to obtain this degree must keep their grades up very high since nursing is such a competitive program to get into. Once the student is accepted into the nursing program, it takes three more years to graduate and get a diploma. Students are also required to work or volunteer in hospital settings to gain experience. After the student passes all of their classes in the nursing program and gets their diploma, they need to take the National Council Licensure Examination. Kumari writes, “The minimum score to pass this exam is 70%. The eligibility to appear in this exam is to have a Bachelor’s degree/diploma in nursing and 40-80 hours of clinical experience in various fields of nursing” (Kumari). These strict requirements ensure only the best and most educated graduates get to actually get to become register nurses. I am still finishing my pre-nursing courses, but I will be able to apply for the nursing program in spring 2014. It is important to look at all the requirements of a degree before pursuing it. Without the strict guidelines of the nursing program, it would not be the reliable, trusting profession it is.
Hospitals and doctor’s offices would not be the same without registered nurses. This is one of the most important professions in the world. Wherever there are people in need of healthcare, there will be a strong demand for medical attention from nurses. Nurses must know how to take instructions well and be reliable get the job done right. I am excited to be on the right path to become a registered nurse, and I know I have what it takes to become one since I researched the career in great detail. Nursing requires certain skills, values, and education background; however, these strict guidelines help shape the amazing medical care there is today.
"Being a Nurse: Skills You Should Have.” College Crunch. N.p., 9 Mar. 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.