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Pursuing a Nursing Career: What You Need to Know

March 3, 2009 0 Comments

Pursuing a nursing career is a challenging, yet rewarding task. The medical needs of the aging population and the ability to treat new patients with new treatments, has significantly increased the need for trained nurses. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the nursing employment opportunities are expected to grow 23 percent between 2006 and 2016. Nursing is projected to generate 587,000 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. With this massive growth, one would think nursing jobs would be easy to get, but the truth is that nursing positions can be very competitive.

Nursing Courses
Training should be the first step towards pursuing this in-demand career. The three most common nursing course options are a Bachelor's Degree, an Associate Degree and a Nursing Diploma. Nursing courses and nursing classes help provide future nurses with the training they will need to succeed in the field. Various positions in the nursing field may require different qualifications. Those pursuing a nursing career should consider the type of position they would like to build a career in and enroll in nursing courses that best qualify them for that position.

Nursing Course Externship
An externship is an excellent aspect to certain nursing courses. Externships allow students to experience what it is like working in the clinical environment prior to graduation or achieving a nursing degree. An externship can be beneficial to emerging professionals in many different ways. First, students are able to experience first hand what a nursing career is like and the daily challenges nursing professionals face each day. This insight can help nursing students make a more informed decision about the career they are pursuing. Secondly, students enrolled in nursing courses that offer an externship can bolster a perspective nurse's resume. Having real hands-on experience can be the competitive edge you need to be considered by nursing employers. Externships help ensure employers that nursing course students are prepared to put their unique skill set and talents to use in the field.

Build Communication Skills
One element that goes beyond the classroom of nursing courses but is crucial to becoming a successful nurse is building communicative and social skills. Great nursing goes beyond just addressing the physical needs of patients. Nurses must be able to affectively respond to patient's psychological needs, while working with doctors and other staff. Nursing course students should begin working towards building a relationship with doctors, dietician, physicians and more. Discuss with them how they work with patients to address emotional needs and various communication techniques that they feel are effective. Communication skills can also be built in the classroom by working with other nursing students and engaging professors and externship instructors as much as possible.

These are just a few tips to assist you while pursuing your nursing career. Remember that nursing classes and a nursing degree or diploma is your first step. To locate nursing courses and nursing classes in the St. Peters area, click here.

Sanford-Brown College - St. Peters is close to many locations:
Cottleville, MO - approximately 4.0 miles
O' Fallon, MO - approximately 4.9 miles
St. Charles, MO - approximately 10.0 miles
St. Paul, MO - approximately 7.7 miles

Source:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm (visited January 31, 2009).

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