Questions and Myths Regarding Your Nursing Career
There are so many myths and questions about the nursing profession. Brian Short, RN, founder and CEO of allnurses.com, addresses some of the more common issues that keep coming up. Read what he has to say on collegerecruiter.com
Brian Short, Founder and CEO of allnurses.com
Whether you are a nursing student or a new grad, you probably have many questions surrounding your future as a nurse. Let's look at a few of the more common questions and myths that keep coming up.
Why do I keep reading about a nursing shortage when I know nurses are having trouble finding jobs?
There has been talk of a nursing shortage for years, but it hasn't fully kicked in - yet. That's partly because many baby boomer nurses - group that comprises the largest segment of the nursing population - have delayed their retirement for a variety of reasons. As they continue to age and shift out of the workforce, the nursing shortage will become more apparent.
Baby boomers in general make up 25 percent of the U.S. population, and as they grow older and develop health problems they will have a huge impact on the nursing field. Another factor is the impact of the Affordable Care Act. With an ever increasing influx of people now receiving medical insurance benefits and entering the healthcare system - many of them with multiple chronic conditions - the need for nurses will only increase.
Even without these considerations, some new grads are having difficulty finding jobs. As in any profession, the best thing you can do is to make sure that your resume and cover letter is as strong as possible to set you apart from other candidates. You should also prepare thoroughly for interviews to make the best impression. You can find many resources online for this type of information, as well as online nursing discussion sites that offer many helpful tips on the nursing job-search process.
The best are in the hospital at the bedside.
While hospitals are still the largest employers of nurses, there are many nursing jobs and specialties where nurses practice away from the bedside and outside the walls of the hospital. This is one of the most attractive aspects of the nursing profession, because there is such a wide variety of nursing positions and settings in which to practice. Also, a nurse is free to have many jobs during a nursing career, shifting from one area of specialty to another, which can be done with or without advanced nursing education. Search the Internet for a list and description of the many nursing specialties available. Go to nursing discussion sites and network with nurses in specialties in which you have an interest. With proper research you can find a specialty that matches your interests. In nursing, the possibilities are endless.
Nurses are just doctors' helpers.
While it is true that nurses assist doctors while caring for patients, nurses are far more than "doctors' helpers." Take the registered nurse in the hospital setting, for example. The doctors write the orders and the nurses carry them out. However, it is up to the nurse to assess and even question orders that he or she does not feel appropriate, and to initiate an order that he or she feels is necessary. It is the nurse who provides knowledgeable and compassionate care for the patient 24/7, constantly checking the needs of patient and evaluating the effectiveness of the treatments provided. Many lives have been saved because of the watchful eyes and quick actions of nurses. As the patient advocate, care provider, patient educator and much more, the nurse is an integral part of any medical team, and the heart of healthcare.
BRIAN SHORT, Founder and CEO allnurses.com
Brian Short is a Registered Nurse, self-taught website designer, entrepreneur, and passionate online community developer. In 1996, when the internet was in its infancy, Brian started what would later become allnurses.com, the largest online nursing community on the web. He was far ahead of his time in recognizing the internet as a virtual meeting place where nurses can share and connect with others.
While attending nursing school, Brian was amazed with the internet but found it difficult to locate nursing related information online. As a hobby, Brian decided to begin organizing the professional nursing content he found so other nurses could benefit from his work. That hobby turned into a passion and shortly after graduating from nursing school he created the precursor to allnurses.com - a text-based discussion forum and e-newsletter. Two years after that, he left full time nursing to concentrate more energy on the site with the mission of providing a forum to improve members' lives and careers through sharing and learning. Today, allnurses.com has more than 850,000 active members who contribute more than 300 new topics daily.
Brian currently lives outside of Minneapolis with his wife, Karen, and three children.
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Questions and Myths Regarding Your Nursing CareerLast edit by Joe V on Jan 6, '15
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tnbutterfly has 'More than 35 years' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg'. From 'TN'; Joined Jun '06; Posts: 24,579; Likes: 17,161.Dec 5, '14This is a very appropriate article and the short bio at the end gives us an update on Brian. This article should be in a prominent place on the site for people considering nursing.Dec 6, '14Quote from caliotter3Agree...even great info for the public as well...possibly help dispel some myths.This is a very appropriate article and the short bio at the end gives us an update on Brian. This article should be in a prominent place on the site for people considering nursing.Dec 6, '14An important thing to touch on regarding the nursing shortage is that it varies from region to region. A new nurse in California will have a difficult time landing a coveted ICU spot out of school, where new nurses working in the southwest, certain areas of the Midwest, or more rural populations can get many jobs of their choosing.
The reality is once a nurse had a couple of years under their belt the whole nation becomes their oyster as the demand for experienced nurses is everywhere.Dec 6, '14Quote from Riburn3How do you figure the southwest region is so healthy for new grads?where new nurses working in the southwest, can get many jobs of their choosing. .
Are you referring to Arizona, Las Vegas, NV, New Mexico region? Because I know southern california is pretty difficult for new grads.Dec 6, '14I'm mostly discussing the traditional southwest region of West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I stated California is difficult.Dec 8, '14The reality is, "baby boomers" are not retiring..............yet. And it may be years for some of them, since their retirements/401K's bottoms dropped out in 2008; recovery is very slow. I would not count them out for at least 5 to 10 years, or more. Remember,the youngest baby boomers are in their young 50s. They may well not retire for 15 years or more.Dec 8, '14Quote from Riburn3Demand for experienced nurses is also very regional.An important thing to touch on regarding the nursing shortage is that it varies from region to region. A new nurse in California will have a difficult time landing a coveted ICU spot out of school, where new nurses working in the southwest, certain areas of the Midwest, or more rural populations can get many jobs of their choosing.
The reality is once a nurse had a couple of years under their belt the whole nation becomes their oyster as the demand for experienced nurses is everywhere.Dec 10, '14As a 52 year old boomer (which I don't really consider myself as they are really another generation for us tail-enders) there is no way I can retire for another 13 years at least. So, don't count on my job
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