Tired of the regularities? Work becoming too easy to do it’s making you bored to death? Do you 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 to new heights! These are 5 steps to elevate your nursing career goals.
1. What fits you best?
Before we dive deeper into the details of the path 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, 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 grasp 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 in.
There are a lot of options to choose from. And this is the best time for you to experiment with 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 into 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. You should choose the right move, and the only way is UP. It’s basically asking yourself what you want and where you are going with this path 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, you become successful and rich, and you find out that you did all of that. However, 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, the 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 not chasing success comes knowing 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 a 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 look at all these possible roads that you can take. Decide, and take action.
4. Nursing is the gateway to your dream destination
Some of us took up nursing 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 to. And not only will it take you there, but it also has the ability to make you work there. Nursing is the gateway to your dream destination as long as you work hard to achieve 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 profession out there can offer. Nursing is so in demand nowadays that the process of working in other countries has 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 out there, what we do takes time. 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, gratitude for saving someone’s life.
Being a nurse is a very versatile profession. It has many choices to offer; exciting adventures indeed await those gifted with the skills of becoming a professional nurse. While some of us 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 its 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 wasn’t easy 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, some countries really see these medical workers as blessings that came upon them. They offer very competitive compensations, and they give true value to what we bring to their tables.
It’s all up to us whether we let them exploit us or find the true place where we can be properly taken care of while we offer our services to them. Nevertheless, we nurses need to keep marching forward with our lives and careers and take pride in what we do. If we take care of our careers like art, it will surely pay its gratitude.
“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