So You Want To Be a Nurse When You Grow Up?

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You’re interested in becoming a nurse. How do you get into the field? First of all,So You Want To Be a Nurse When You Grow Up? Articles
you need to assess your basic interest. Why do you want to get into nursing? Are
you getting ready to graduate from high school and always wanted to be a nurse?
Do you want to go into nursing, because a relative is in the profession or your
family has a tradition of graduating nurses, and it seems like the right thing to do?
Nursing seems like a nice secure profession-the pay attracts you? You’ve always
liked helping others and you care a lot?

Have you worked in another career field and want a change for various reasons?
Does the “nursing shortage” make you feel like you need to be a part of the “gold rush,”
because you have read and heard about all of the wonderful sign on bonuses?
Thorough research still needs to be done, before the decision is made to embark upon
a nursing career. There are many resources which provide information on getting into nursing school,
studying for and passing boards, getting into new graduate employment programs,
summer exploratory programs, etc. But for traditional nursing work (bedside nursing)
in a hospital or long term care facility (traditionally known as a nursing home), it really
would do some good if you had a reality TV type experience. Reading books and
articles exclusively, won’t prepare you for what the profession is like.

During my first nursing clinical rotation, I knew instantly that I didn’t like hospital nursing.
However, I loved research, collecting data, writing papers, and so forth. Since I had a
science background and had worked in various laboratory settings (e.g., a dairy plant
testing milk to biotechnology company testing, human sera, a county environmental
health lab testing water sample on a mass spectrophotometer, a food plant testing
spaghetti sauce), going into nursing research seemed like a natural progression. The
rude awakening: No one ever told me about the 5-6 years of med-surg hospital experience
needed, before an employer would even look at me. It was not anyone else’s responsibility
to tell me this. Clearly, the lesson is to do all of your homework.

After graduating from nursing school, I combed the Internet, help wanted ads, journals,
and even enlisted a network of friends to be on the lookout for any nurse research employment opportunities. Positions in nursing research were scarce. My diverse science background,
along with my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rochester, weren’t a
powerful enough combination to hurry me into the interviewing seat. Hence, I never
landed an interviewing spot for any nursing research positions.

There are simple, invaluable, economically efficient ways to thoroughly research
nursing as a profession. Of course, nothing can substitute for the actual on the job
experience. But you are not there yet, and you want to investigate to see if you want
to get there. Here a few suggestions to include on your career research things to do list: (1)
utilize the Internet to the fullest, (2) use the services of your ISP (Internet Service Provider)
such as AOL, MSN, etc., (2) make contact with potential employers in your area, (3)
try volunteering, (4) and find student mentors at your local college and university.
Start with an open mind before you use any of these resources.

Many prospective students have their specialty title etched in stone. “I want to go into
pediatric nursing, because I love children.” “I want to work in trauma.” Moreover,
they don’t want to discuss or research anything else. There is absolutely nothing
wrong with having a vision of which practice area you’d like to specialize in, but it is
a good idea to keep the door open for other possibilities. The turn over can be high and
many nurses change specialty areas for various reasons, from burnout, boredom,
needing a change of pace, advancement reasons, to unforeseen circumstances. The
good thing about changing specialty areas is your skills are transferable.

Utilizing the Internet yields a wealth of information. There are many contacts to be made
on the Internet. Let’s hypothesize, for reference purposes, CRNA (Certified Nurse Anesthetist)
will be used as an example specialty area, and hypothetically, you are interested in becoming
a CRNA. Keep in mind you have already researched nursing schools, salary ranges,
employment outlook, and in addition to becoming a registered nurse you’re aware
of the advanced degree requirement. This part of your research has already been done.

There are many organizations where you can make email contact, or get other
contact information from nurse professionals who are retired CRNAs, or those
who currently work in the field. Go to to do a search. Try Google’s
advanced search feature and type in keywords “email” and “CRNA” without quotes,
on the first line.

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