Being a nurse and at the same time wishing to be famous seems very ironic. But just look at Florence Nightingale, she was a nurse and at the same time a very famous person. Nightingale was the daughter of a wealthy landowner who refused to marry any one of the many suitors she had, and at her age of twenty-five she decided to become a nurse. Her family was totally opposed when they learned of this as the field of nursing had been associated with working class women.
When you search for “famous nurses,” you will be able to know the second most famous nurse there is – Mary Seacole as well as other male nurses such as St. Camillus de Lellis and James Dirham. Looking at it this way, for nursing, being famous is actually about relative competence.
Nursing is also often associated as a vocation. Dedicating one’s life to serving patients is not really a rational choice; rather it is more of an ideological choice. However, for many, nursing is still just a job.
Looking at Nightingale, she was said to be found on several occasions treating wounded soldiers from both sides with the battle was ongoing. She then returned to England as a national heroine and had decided to start a campaign on improving the quality of nursing in military hospitals.
A nurses’ work is considered to be more technical especially for those who are dedicated to intensive care and surgery. However, the largest group of nurses that the ones who are constantly dealing with patients or clients.
The etymology of the word “patient” is co-related with “patience” and probably, this is one of the most important qualifications that nurses should have. Hospitals are businesses focused on people and caring for a person that is why having patience is highly required and valued though they are sometimes under-paid.
What nurses really do is to take care of the caring part of the patient’s recovery once the process of curing them had been previously completed by a medical specialist.
Presently though, new developments concerning the nursing profession is now getting more specialized such as the roles of nurse-practitioner. But generally, nurses’ roles are more generalistic compared to that of the medical specialist.
One would wonder why nurses never get famous. We would remember the name of the man who performed the first open heart surgery in South Africa but not of the nurse who assisted. This is many be cause nurses are never considered as heroes, though they can be specially for the patient they care for.
Registered Nurses’ Job Descriptions
Registered Nurses or RN’s jobs require a person to be excellent with above average growth – this is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing might be a good job for you if you are still in the process of choosing what career to have. However, it would also be a good idea to check out registered nurses’ job description before deciding on whether you would really want to be one.
Registered nurses’ job description has provisions on information about education and training required, the nature of work to expect as well as the amount you may expect to be paid. You may check out different websites for a complete details on the things involved in the RN’s job as well as that of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Payscale website.
For your to become a Registered nurse, you have to complete a program that will give you a diploma, associates degree in nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing that will prepare you for the licensing exams that you need to take and pass.
BSN graduates usually have more opportunities so other nurses with lower degrees usually goes back to school to get their BSN or even have a Master of Science in Nursing.
Training programs needed by registered nurses includes classroom and clinical components. Nurses’ job description could have a wide variety of tasks depending on the particular position that the nurse wants to have.
Nurses may specialize in different areas and even work on a variety of different environments including hospitals, clinics and schools and nursing homes as well. They may also take positions on home health care where they have to go to the homes of their patients.
Also included in the RN’s responsibilities is providing care to patients as well as the assessment of patients’ health and development plans for nursing care. Nurses also maintain records and sometimes they are also allowed to advise patients on care and prevention for some illnesses.
Nurses’ salaries depend on their qualifications, experience and specialization in the nursing position being described. Nurses have a wide range of salaries but the median for registered nurses was $60,010.00 in May of 2007.
Becoming a Registered Nurse
Registered Nurses or RN’s have an important role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles in our community. They work as educators for individuals and families as well as for their patients and the community. If you want to be a registered nurse, you have to have the ability for planning, evaluating, assessing and implementing as well as coordinating total patient care.
Registered nurses are always ready to work with people in different areas like hospitals, home health care agencies, clinics, out patient care centers, temporary help agencies, government agencies as well as schools and nursing homes. To become a registered nurse, you need to have experience and education. Registered nurses jobs require dedication and patience, but you must also have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution.
A number of educational programs are also available for those who want to become a registered nurse. There are also wide choices of career opportunities for gaining experience. Nursing main degree programs are Hospital Diploma Program, Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Physiology, Anatomy, behavioral science and nutrition are some of the related programs.
These degrees are usually offered in hospitals, colleges and or universities. Depending on state regulations, a license may also be essential in becoming a registered nurse. This may be obtained after completion of the course. In some cases, a master’s degree is also important to become a certified nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist or practitioner.