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In the past decade, nursing has been one of the most sought of course by incoming college students as well as aspiring second coursers. Every year, new nursing applicants would work hard to be able to pass a stringent list of requirements to be accepted in a prestigious nursing school. Some by God’s grace will succeed but some unfortunately do not.

 

The sudden boom of nursing applicants and nurses was entirely due to the high demand of the nursing job abroad. The growing number of opportunities overseas was a more than enough lure for fresh high school grad students as well as those who wish to take nursing as a second course. The mentality that has been planted on their minds is practicality and that a job abroad would mean that it would provide financial stability. But that doesn’t hold true today because now that once sweet dream of going across seas has turned sour. To date, there has been a slow, dwindling demand for nurses abroad and less job opportunities locally yet there is still a continuous and growing supply of nurses. This means that the job market for nurses has reached a saturation point that the course is now thought to be unemployable. This leaves us with the question, How will new nurses be able to work abroad if they can’t even land a job and gain experience in a local hospital? The answer to this question rests only on the hands of the ones who are responsible for giving jobs to people.

               Although there are presently no slots for new or unemployed nurses this does not mean that you will put your lives on hold. Faced with the given circumstances, this does not have to be a sob story at this moment because your life not only revolves in nursing.

A probable solution is to move on and pursue other healthcare degrees like Pharmacy, Medical technology, Physical therapy and the like. Some others are brave enough to even conquer and transcend beyond nursing and take up a Doctorate in Medicine.

Reasons why nurses and nursing graduates pursue other healthcare degrees

  1. Some will decide that it is the most sound decision at the moment and others eventually find it to be their real calling.
  2. Some who were able to experience what it is to be a nurse in a hospital goes to pursue other healthcare/medical fields because they find the nursing job too demanding and stressful that they easily get burned out.

Of all courses why still pursue a healthcare/medical career?

 Nurses will tend to pursue any of the healthcare/medical courses because they have something in common with nursing and that is dealing with the health and illness of a human being. Basically, people just like to gravitate around things they find something in common with. It is easier to pursue those other healthcare/medical courses because for sure the concepts that will be discussed are some that you have already learned in nursing, thus, adjustment is easier.

As a nurse, I bet you are very much acquainted and familiar with how every healthcare professional works so you assume the job will definitely be easy.

Some will choose to pursue other healthcare/medical courses because they are not much of a stressful career to get into.

Finally, one of the many reasons is that these healthcare/medical careers have way better pay.

         If ever you decide on pursuing a new career path just make sure that it is something that you really wish to do and not something you are pressured to do.

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J.Mag is a registered nurse from the Philippines. J.Mag has worked and volunteered in different hospitals. J.Mag even passed a couple of foreign nursing board exams including Prometric for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and NCLEX for the state of Vermont, USA. When not busy working for the Department of Health as a community health team supervisor, and studying for other foreign exams, J.Mag is most likely writing articles.
  • J.Mag, RN, USRN

    Its sad that we still have oversupply of nurses who are products from the previous years . Some schools closed down their nursing dept. kasi wla ng enrollees. –I bet natuto na mga tao.

    But, I think kahit papano HELPFUL parin yung mga concepts na natutunan natin from nursing school. People can apply what they’ve learned from nursing sa buhay.
    =)