Students flock to nursing programs - popular profession

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    while enrollment in nursing programs nationwide has increased every year for nearly a decade, the deepening economic crisis is making such programs even more popular - and competitive - than ever. however, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers for some aspiring rns. "yes, it's a route to some form of job security, but you really have to want to be a nurse," said frances lafauci, associate dean of nursing for suffolk county community college, adding, "you have to be tough, physically and mentally."

    u.s. labor department analysts project that 587,000 new nursing jobs will be created nationwide between 2006 and 2016, an increase of 23.5 percent.

    greater life expectancy and aging baby boomers are driving the demand for health professionals. at the same time, nursing's portability, flexible schedule and competitive starting salaries have fueled growing interest. "we've got all this interest - now how are we going to accommodate it?" said kathleen bratby, assistant dean for students at stony brook's school of nursing.

    full article: http://www.newsday.com/services/news...9.story?page=1
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    Quote from brian
    "Yes, it's a route to some form of job security, but you really have to want to be a nurse," said Frances LaFauci, associate dean of nursing for Suffolk County Community College, adding, "You have to be tough, physically and mentally.....
    'nuff said.
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    Agreed!! I'm happy this article addresses that you have to "want" to be a nurse. These days, the media is reporting that nursing and heathcare are good fields for all the laid off people to look into. If they only knew - nursing school is NOT a cake walk. Everyone is trying to get into nursing school these days, and while some will make it, others will be stumped by the pre-nursing classes alone (remember A&P II?)... Nursing school takes dedication and hard work, and I'm glad this article addresses that.
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    Finally an article that sheds some light on the fact nursing is not a walk in the park!

    If I hear one more person who talks about the economy recommend that person go to nursing school "cause it's SO easy" and "you'll be rich"...I'll rip out what little bit of chemo-ruined hair I have left. :/ Seriously, I know a lot of people want to be nurses, and that's great, and I feel for those who are losing their jobs...but nursing is not the answer for everybody.

    Sorry, just had to vent!
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    I soooo agree that an individual has to "want to be a nurse". Just going for stability and better pay changes once you start working. Its hard from the beginning with classes like BusyBusyBee stated. I remember loosing many friends when I was in school obtaining my LPN. I couldn't go out as much or talk on the phone as much. And dare I miss a class day for fear of missing valuable information needed in my career.
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    what i find it funny that this article reports that "such programs even more popular - and competitive - than ever. however, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers..." as if this was a new trend? it's been this way for years!!!!
    Last edit by Neveranurseagain on Feb 2, '09
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    I'm not a nurse but i would love to become a nurse, that is my dream since i was a little girl. but i think the best way to find out is you really like being a nurse is to volunteer a few hours a week. that is what i'm doing since is so hard to getting into nursing school i decide to volunteer just to see if i like it and don't waste time and energy trying to become something that at the end I might regret.
    Last edit by Helen27 on Feb 2, '09
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    Quote from rehab nurse
    Finally an article that sheds some light on the fact nursing is not a walk in the park!

    If I hear one more person who talks about the economy recommend that person go to nursing school "cause it's SO easy" and "you'll be rich"...I'll rip out what little bit of chemo-ruined hair I have left. :/ Seriously, I know a lot of people want to be nurses, and that's great, and I feel for those who are losing their jobs...but nursing is not the answer for everybody.

    Sorry, just had to vent!
    I agree with you. If people only knew about what they are getting themselves into! Well, most of those people don't make it more than a year on the floor in the hospital, anyway. It's not that we don't have enough nurses, they just choose not to work in this insane environment- hospital setting.
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    ITA It's not for everyone and nursing school will weed out the ones who think it's going to be a cake walk. If they can even get in. I was finishing nursing school and some of the people I was in prereq classes with were just starting.
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    I hate to say it, but I was one of those that decided to become a nurse primarily due to the perceived financial benefits. Luckily for me, I discovered that I truly enjoy it, but I can attest to the fact that, there is zero chance that I would be set to graduate in May if I didn't love this job. It's too hard, it's too dirty, and (at times), it can be heartbreaking.
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