Part of it started over 10 years ago when my mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I wanted to know more and so I looked things up on the internet and asked the doctors and nurses any papers they had on the subject. There was not a lot on stomach cancer at the time but what I did find was what sparked an interest.
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For students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, there is the option of getting a second degree in nursing. They are given credit for their liberal arts requirements and can finish the program much more quickly. They also may be able to take an accelerated BSN course, which allows them to finish in 12-20 months.
There are more nursing employment opportunities than you can imagine. Along with the more visible nursing careers you may be familiar with, there are opportunities in acute care, oncology, psychiatric, pediatric, hospitals, emergency rooms, surgery just to name a few.
Moreover, Victoria O’Donnell, dean of science and technology at Canada College in Redwood City, CA says their school offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing in partnership with San Francisco State University in addition to medical assisting, radiologic technology, and health science. “Our core science programs have been impacted by student demand to enter medical fields,” she says. “We’ve had to add biology, chemistry and organic chemistry courses in the last year.”
As just one example, $1.4 million dollars was raised for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to prospective RNs in Tennessee in 2007. Many other states have launched advertising campaigns and studies directed at finding how to best entice young recruits into the field. Nursing education facilities are beginning to receive private funding from a number of hospitals and medical societies in order to boost their percentage of teachers and increase the capacities of their nursing programs, and the U.S. Department of Labor awarded over $12 million worth of grants in 2005 to boost nursing education. Many hospitals have also started subsidizing nurse faculty salaries and offer education reimbursement with a given contract of work.
Registered nurses perform a wide range of duties in various settings. While under the supervision of a doctor, RNs are responsible for taking vital signs, administering injections and medication, developing patient care plans, assessing patients, and more.
Federal and Private Funding Options Nursing is a unique field in that it draws students from a variety of backgrounds and age groups. Some students are adults seeking alternate career options, while others are high school graduates on a direct path to higher education. Some students are from affluent backgrounds, while others may be the …
My mother is a Special Education teacher. She works with kids in a different way than I will, but I still think that growing up and watching how much satisfaction she received out of a career that is based upon helping people had a tremendous impact on me.
Nurses today face a variety of issues. Due to the chronic shortage of nurses, qualified RNs are aggressively recruited and well compensated. But the same shortage has resulted in working conditions that are quite demanding and very stressful. The ratio of patients to nurses keeps getting larger and the required overtime can be profitable but exhausting. As a result, many nurses experience burnout and leave the profession.
Today, these options are changing, and higher education grants access to a number of career possibilities. Nurses can choose to specialize in a particular field (such as obstetrical nursing), which can allow them to either enter the field of medical research or to branch out and open an independent clinic or care facilities. Nurses can also choose to focus on business or hospital administration, which means that they are better equipped for promotions and careers in upper management.