So, now, you are in between being a Nursing graduate and soon, an RN to be. What is next after taking your board exam? That is the grueling question that you should try to answer. At this point in time, you are already facing the realities of being a nurse in the Philippines. To tell you, it’s not easy. We are known for overproducing nurses with little or no compensation at all. Are you prepared for this?
Since you are still anxious whether you passed or failed the test, maybe, you still can’t get the hang of it and take your time off from applying for a nursing job. Maybe, you have this feeling that you are not yet good enough because the letters R and N are not yet attached to your name. Well, you are wrong and you should try to get up and see this checklist on the next things you should do after taking the nursing boards.
1. Know What Type of Nurse Do You Want to Be
Do you want to be an operating room nurse, emergency nurse, researcher, medical-surgical nurse, pediatric nurse, etc. etc. List them out. You must have a goal of what kind of nurse do you want to be. Know the prerequisite in becoming one. Some types of nurses need additional credentials like becoming a dialysis nurse. You have to study again for another 3 months and take another exam to be certified as one. Do your homework and do your research.
2. Enroll in BLS training. (Basic Life Support)
Most hospitals require this type of certification and they require this as you pass your resume. If you can afford it, you can also step up and enroll for ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support) Training. You never know, you can be a trainer for those topics if you develop an enthusiasm for it.
You don’t have to volunteer in a hospital to keep your nursing career in place. You can go to the nearest Red Cross headquarters in your place and sign up as a volunteer. You can be assigned to different both taking blood pressure or act as a preliminary person in charge during the bloodletting program. If not in Red Cross, you can go to the nearest health center and volunteer to be in charge of health teaching seminars that they conduct.
4. Sign up in Odesk or Elance and Create your Paypal Account
If you spend too much time in front of the computer and loves writing, this can be a good place to land a new writing job. They hire freelance writers and you can write about a variety of topics that interests you. You can choose and apply for jobs that are available there. They have work for bloggers on health, fashion, travel and some has medical transcription jobs that can be suitable for a nursing grad like you.
5. Find Other Alternatives
If becoming a nurse is not really what you want but you have an inkling in the health field, there are a number of alternatives that you can choose from. You can become a medical representative, a health coach, a Physical fitness trainer, a teacher (Nutrition and Science subjects), a study coordinator (for medical studies and research), a clinical research associate, and a lot more. Explore your options and if you haven’t found what you are looking for, keep looking.
Becoming a nursing graduate doesn’t only mean you have to be a nurse in a hospital. Some nursing graduates become a flight stewardess/steward and mind you, they prefer to hire nursing graduates because of the nursing knowledge that they have especially on first aid. If you have the height and the face value that they require, go for it.
This is the best time for you to start looking for a career that will suit you best. Know what you love to do and try on different things. You never know, in two months’ time, you can already attach the letters R and N after your name so, prepare for it.
What is the next thing to do after taking the board exam? That is the question that you have started looking for the right answer now. Don’t procrastinate and waste time.