Do you want to encourage your child to choose a career that will be personally and professionally rewarding, pay the bills, and contribute to the well being of others and society? Nursing may be an an excellent career choice, whether your kids are 16 or 60.
Although everyone thinks they know nursing, most people do not know the breadth and depth of nursing opportunities. Many people think of nurses as they were in Nightingale’s age, as hand maidens or background actors and actresses. That is not 21st century nursing. If you want to encourage your children to become nurses, consider the range of modern nursing opportunities.
First, some Dos and Don’ts:
Don’t make a career in nursing unappealing – it is way more than the best of poor choices.
Don’t present nursing as their only option.
Don’t describe nursing as a limited career.
Do describe nursing careers as appealing, rewarding, and varied.
Do focus on the extraordinary opportunities nursing careers offer.
Some things to consider:
If your child does not like school, (s)he could become a Certified Nursing Assistant, earning money while training on the job – check local nursing homes and hospitals.
Career entry: New students can complete community college programs to prepare for the national qualifying exam (NCLEX) and become Registered Nurses in under 2 years.
Academically oriented nurses can go on for baccalaureate, masters, PhDs and DSNs.
PhD and DSN nurses do research and teach.
Nurses fill every imaginable role, including patient care, finance, management, personnel, writing, consulting and many others.
Nurses work in profit and non-profit facilities, the military and disaster relief.
Many states allow nurse practitioners full prescriptive authority and independent practice.
Scientific nursing is expanding rapidly and detail oriented nurses with research, statistics and data collection and analysis skills are needed everywhere.
Nurses fill mid-level executive and CEO positions and start their own companies.
Nurses rise to the top in hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, managed care companies, and home health agencies.
Nurses are developing new service delivery models, innovating in wound and geriatric care and higher touch, higher technology, higher efficiency care.
There are always jobs for nurses, even in recessions.
Above all, nursing is a rewarding career and nurses get great satisfaction working with patients, families, and communities, saving lives and helping restore their patient’s health.