As a registered nurse, you may have career aspirations that surpass what your RN or BSN degree has prepared you for. You may be aware that the demand for nursing professionals with advanced skills continues to increase nationwide. The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that demand for MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degreed professionals in medically underserved areas is at an all-time high.
Many wonder if they have what it takes to be a good nurse. But what they should really ask themselves if if they have what it takes to become a great nurse. There are some very definite differences between an average nurse and a great nurse. If you’re smart enough and dedicated enough, nearly anyone can become an average nurse.
Passing your classes, meeting your clinical requirements, and ultimately passing the Nclex may be done by anyone with enough commitment and adequate ability to learn. However, being a fantastic nurse takes skills and characteristics that can’t be acquired in nursing school. The following will help to define some of the characteristics that help to make a fantastic nurse.
If you are are interested in advancing your nursing career, there single, most effective method, would be furthering your education. As nurses we have many assets that we utilize to provide patient care. These range from technical skills, knowledge, critical thinking skills, and leadership abilities. But we can always stand to have more tools in our nursing toolbox.
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care.
Many nursing students struggle with making a decision about whether they should work or focus completely on their education while they are in nursing school.
If you are in nursing school or are exploring nursing as a potential career, you may find yourself asking:
Should I work while going to working school?
Will I be able to make the same grades?
What about my kids and family? Will I have any time for them?
Will I be able to pay my bills if I don’t work during nursing school?
If you’re in nursing school you are already aware of just how expensive text books are. But did you know that you have save money by renting your textbooks? Not only can you save money, but you can also decrease they amount of books you have to lug around by renting ebook versions of your needed texts. Your shoulders and back will thank you for that.
Have you ever thought about renting your textbooks instead of purchasing?
Do you sell your books back at the end of each semester? Or do you hold onto them?
You’re here because you want to pass the NCLEX-RN exam, right? If you don’t then you can continue Googling about One Direction or continue reading and pass the information to someone you know who’s itching to be RN-ized.
In line with my topic, allow me to brag just a tid bit. I passed the NCLEX-RN exam in one take. Some of you might think, “Oh, maybe she’s uber intelligent that’s why she passed the exam in one take”. I’m not. Well, on good days (not today and not tom. either), I can do the Fibonacci sequence. *flips hair back*
Just a few short days ago, Amazon had an open letter to their customers discussing the Amazon Career Choice Program. It’s really uplifting to hear of a company that supports their employees by more than jus giving them a paycheck. There is more to a job than just getting a paycheck. In order to be truly happy at your work, you must be fulfilled.
Amazon.com understands that not every employee who is on staff has the intention of staying there forever. But rather than punish them for having the desire to grown, learn, and better themselves, Amazon will pay for it!
Going through nursing school can be very excited as it gives a person a chance to learn a craft that has a high earning potential. Many organizations will give loans for individuals to go through school. However, many of these loans have high finance charges. A student does not have to live decades owing large amounts of debt. Instead, a person can use more cost-free methods to finance his or her education.
As nurses we are given such trust and responsibility. Often people’s lives are in our hands. We a allowed to care for people in their most vulnerable states. And depending on your license level, becoming a nurse is as simple as completing a couple years in tech school and pass a computerized test. Somehow in that short amount of time and with a few electronic questions a computer screen, we are deemed competent to be a nurse.