Tired of the regularities? Work becoming too easy to do it’s making you bored to death? Do you just wish that there could be more things that you could do?
Well, fret not, in this article we will show you how to boost your nursing profession and skyrocket it into new heights! These are 5 steps to elevate your nursing career.
1. What fits you best?
Before we dive deeper into the details of the path that you want to pursue with your nursing career, it’s always best to know what fits you best; and you can base this on your own preferences. Best choose the thing that will really push you through into certain expertise. If you are still a student or a fresh graduate, then you are still very young, the world is in front of you and you can be whatever you want to be. It’s best to test the waters first but you will already have the grasp of what you like and dislike because as a student, we are exposed to the different fields of nursing practice. In there, you will have the fundamental concept of what field you want to specialize into. There are a lot of options to choose from. And this is the best time for you to experiment on what you really like and dislike. Time and energy are on your side. Use it wisely. If you have been practicing nursing for a while and you feel the stagnation creeping in, then it’s time to do something else than what you are routinely doing.
During this phase you are certain of the things that you like and dislike, it’s now all up to you if you will go all in to the area that you really want to be or stay with the routines that will deprive you of your career potential, the choice is all up to you. It’s best for you to choose the right move, and the only way is UP. It’s basically asking yourself what do you want and where are you going with this path that you are currently in. Sometimes we run so fast that we don’t even know where we are heading. This is often what’s happening to those people who chase success. Always chase excellence and success will follow. But before you can do it, decide first where you want to be successful. Then from there, take the strides to excellence.
2. Never do it for money
The worst reason for doing anything is MONEY. Never fall into the trap of “it’s all about the money because it’s not. It should be about HAPPINESS. Success will follow, and MONEY loves success, hence it will follow as well. But never make it a priority. How many millionaires and billionaires have you seen lonely? A lot right? How many successful people have you heard committed suicide? Also as equal as the lonely millionaires. It is because becoming rich and successful is never easy. But the hard part only starts from the going, the worst part is that when you reach that top of the mountain, when you become successful and rich, and you find out that you did all of that but you’re still not happy, then you will be screwed. Because success, and riches will take a huge chunk of your time, without any assurances of making it or not. So before you take the path to success and the riches, always see to it that what you choose to have success with will make you happy doing it. Because it’s a long and painstaking process, the A to B are just moments, moment when you are not successful (A) and your moment of success (B), they will pass by, they are just swift moments, the process of going from point A to point B will be where you’ll spend most of your time to, it will be long, it will be hard. You have to make sure that where you spend that time is something that will truly make you happy.
3. Know your options
After establishing that it’s not about the money and it’s not chasing success, comes the knowing of what available options you have there. Okay so you’re in nursing school or you’re a registered nurse, and you’re now caught up in that crossroads on where to take your hard-earned license and where to spend your skills and talents. There are a lot of areas to choose from, you can be a star in the ER, a Rockstar in Paramedics, you can be an CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), you can be a Dialysis Nurse, an Onco Nurse, Nurse Educator, Public Health Nurse, Medical Coder, you can write proposals for International Non-Government Organizations like UNICEF or WHO, you can be a Pedia Nurse, an OR Nurse, you can even build a review center to help your aspiring nurses to acquire their licenses; these are just some of the many opportunities that are waiting for you and you wouldn’t explore all the options in a day. So just look at all these possible roads that you can take. Decide, and take action.
4. Nursing is the gateway to your dream destination
There are some of us who took up nursing in order to work at their dream destinations in the future. And that’s how powerful this profession is. Unlike other professions, it has the capability of taking you to places that you’ve always dreamed of going. And not only will it take you there, it also has the ability to make you work there. Nursing is the gateway to your dream destination as long as you work hard on achieving it. There are some countries where you cannot have citizenship while some will take time. Nevertheless, the ability of your profession to take you to places is something that not any other professions out there can offer. Nursing is so in demand nowadays that the process of working into other countries have never been easier. Grab the opportunity because it’s one of your abilities as a nurse.
5. Nursing is an art and art takes time
“Nursing is an art, and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work.” – Florence Nightingale. From the words of Florence Nightingale herself, nursing is an art and it needs preparation and hard work and devotion. Many may think that what we do is routine, but only we can understand the intricacies of our work, we are often misunderstood because that’s what artists are – often misunderstood by the many. For us, what we do is something that not everyone can do. So be proud of it and know that like many other masterpieces of arts that are out there, what we do takes time too. Don’t rush it, take your time to master your craft and the people will see how beautiful your work is. And while painters and sculptors are given awe to what they accomplish, we are given the highest gratitude that a man can take, a gratitude for saving someone’s life.
Being a nurse is a very versatile profession. It has a lot of choices to offer, exciting adventures indeed awaits those who are gifted with the skills of becoming a professional nurse. While there are some of us who have turned their backs to the practice itself, one can never leave the fact that a nurse will always be a nurse. And that’s one of it’s beauty, that for those who might have declined the calling can still practice the craft to their families and loved ones. It is not easy to become a nurse, hopefully you always keep that in mind that it was difficult for a reason.
It was difficult because it’s the lives of the people that we are dealing with. And while in some areas of the world nurses and other medical practitioners are somewhat disregarded and their talents abused or sometimes exploited, there are countries who really see these medical workers as blessings that came upon them, and they offer very competitive compensations and they give true value to what we bring to their tables. It’s all up to us on whether we let them exploit us or we find the true place where we can be properly taken care of while we offer our services to them. Nevertheless, it is essential for us nurses to keep marching forward, with our lives and our careers, and take pride in what we do. If we make our take care of our careers like art, it will surely pay it’s gratitude to us.
“For what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts; I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.” – Florence Nightingale