Many parents want the best for their children, not only in their youth, but adults as well. Perhaps this is why so many are pushing for their kids to become nurses. This is a very rewarding and satisfying career, which comes with exceptional pay and is socially respectable. However, there are a few tips that you may want to consider when planning this future career for your child.
1. Teach caring behaviors. Children learn through observing parents and doing. If you want to make your kid a nurse, they need exposure into that type of caring. Consider volunteer opportunities to do together, even if it’s outside of the medical profession. To want to be a nurse, compassion for others is a necessity.
2. Start at an early age. Allowing your child to dream and consider all possibilities is not just beneficial, but crucial to development; however, instilling that desire young may help. Playing nurse for example or finding other creative ways that are age appropriate to spark an interest will help your child obtain an interest in nursing.
3. Having your child consider school programs such as HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). Depending on the program offered at the child’s high school, he or she may even be able to obtain hands on learning related to health care.
4. Make sure your child understands the value of an education. Although this is important no matter what field he or she chooses, this is crucial to nursing. Admittance into programs is based on selective criteria and is very competitive.
5. Encourage your child. Doubt and uncertainty about career paths is not uncommon, even in early adulthood. Remind them of the qualities that they possess that would make him or her a good nurse.
6. Preparation is crucial. As a nursing student, I can honestly say that parents who wish for their children to become nurses need to help them prepare for this journey. Help them become familiar with different types of nursing, educational requirements and various schools.
7. Older children can participate in actual field work. This may consist of volunteer experiences in hospitals, nursing homes or the local Ombudsman’s program. One of my personal recommendations is to have your child work as a certified nursing assistant. This allows the opportunity for them to further explore career options as a nurse.
8. If your child seems to be lacking the motivation to become a nurse, you may want to consider educating them about such a career decision. This can include measures such as showing them the statistics and providing them with information from the United States Department of Labor.
9. Set realistic goals for your child. To get your kid to become a nurse, you need to understand that it may take some time and a lot of work.
10. Don’t push too hard. In some cases, pushing the child too much only results in them doing to opposite of what you wish. Once you take the fun out of it, you may very well diminish the desire to embark on this profession.