Nursing Essay

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NURSING AS A CAREER

Being a nurse is a wonderful career choice with amazing responsibilities. A nurse is given an opportunity to help patients, whether it is by helping them through the difficult times of sickness, or a time of excitement when they have decided to extend their family through the birth of a child.
So much in this life is uncertain and helping people get through those times not only help make their lives easier but also reminds me that human life is fragile and one to be cherished.

My desire to become a nurse evolved from some circumstances that took place in my life. When I became pregnant with my first child it was a scary time for me but there were caring nurses around that made that exciting time easier. Another time was when my great grandmother became sick and the hospital was under staffed and she wasn’t given the attention she deserved. I have been there when a new life came into this world and when another left. I want to give the feeling of comfort and care to future patients that the nurses gave to me during my pregnancy and hopefully there will be more people who will have a desire to become a nurse so we can avoid another family from feeling neglected.

My goal through the nursing program is to study the curriculum that is required to become a skilled nurse, one that can help make the patient feel safe and cared for. There are many areas a registered nurse can work in and I’m looking forward to all of the options that will be available.

As the population of the United States ages, the need for skilled nurses increases. That’s where I come in; I plan on being a registered nurse. There is currently a nursing shortage and very few nurses graduating from their nursing schools and practicing. To top that, the average age of a registered nurse is 45.7 years old, which means that the current nursing shortage will only increase as older nurses start retiring. With the retirement of baby boomers, a good chunk of the population, more available patient care is going to be necessary. There is currently an ever-increasing shortage of registered nurses to provide care for the growing number of people in nursing homes, home health care programs, and hospitals.
In order to draw more people to the career of nursing, benefits and salaries for nursing will increase dramatically in the near future. Nurses will get better labor unions and more rights in the Standard of Care. There will be more financial aid available to people trying to obtain an education to become a nurse. Becoming a registered nurse requires attending and graduating from a state-approved nursing school. It must be state approved because nursing in the work force is regulated by the state and local governments, not the federal government. This is also why the licensing exams for becoming a registered nurse, or any kind of nurse for that matter, are controlled by the State Board of Nursing.
There will be an estimated shortage of over 434,000 nurses by the year 2020. This shortage is caused by a number of things. For one, most nurses are females and started practicing because there wasn’t much else for a female to do in the working world other than being a teacher. Now that there are more job opportunities for females, there is a steadily decreasing number of people coming to the profession. Enrollment and graduation from state-approved nursing programs is in a continual decline.