Last Thursday, my school had their open house, and I had the opportunity to talk to students that are interested in nursing and our nursing program. I remember being them. Full of questions and uncertainty whether a career in nursing was right for them. I tried my best to explain to them what nursing is all about and, and did my best to clear up misconceptions about nursing. I could tell that some people haven't really taken the time to evaluate if a career in the health care field is right for them. They also didn't have a realistic picture of all that nurses are capable of doing.
Since, we didn't have a lot of time I am hoping that they were motivated to do their research and determine if nursing is right for them.
For those that are struggling and trying to determine if a career in nursing is right for them I suggest to do the follow:
- Take time by yourself to determine what really makes you happy. What is your passion? What can see yourself doing for the rest of your life? Remember, nursing is not just a job it's a calling. You have to have a selfless heart and a big heart to help others. You will be caring for people who are having the worst time of their lives. You will be caring for someone mother, father, sister, brother, or family member.
- Find nurses or nursing students and get their thoughts on nursing school and working in the field. Start to get an idea in what specific area in nursing are you interested in. Having those that are in nursing school or working as nurses will give you an inside view that you may find very beneficial. You can ask them all of your questions. They can also help you when you enter nursing schoool.
- Find out if you have a strong enough stomach to deal with working and seeing a variety of things in the health care field. Yes, there are a lot of things your hoping not to see or deal with, but that doesn't mean that you will never face those things. You don't know who you will treat or what exactly you will be asked to treat, so taking the time to find out if you have a strong enough stomach or the dedication and motivation to handle tough situations is important. It's very Important to deal with situations as professional as possible to make the patient feel as comfortable as possible. I believe everyone can work through such things as long as you have the passion to be a nurse and provide the best nursing care possible. You will learn how to manage things, and with more nursing experience things will get better. You can always take a break, recoup, and get back to caring for your patient.
Those are my top three things that I told the students I spoke to. I can't empathize it enough. Before you get into the nursing field please do your work and determine that nursing is right for you. Nursing students and Nurses that are in it for the money will most likely burnout faster, or take out their frustrations on their job and patients. No one likes to be cared for by someone who makes them feel like they are a task, and have no heart in what and how they do things.
Doing something that you have no passion is like doing a chore that you highly dislike for an extended period of time. Those that are in it for the money and not the patient care, you will find yourself stuck and taking things out on others. Just remember your patient is an important person to someone else. Take care of them as how you would like to be cared for, or how you want your loved ones cared for. Don't forget that.
I hope this helps someone!