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Health Corner: The Nursing Profession

This is a time in which we must be grateful for every opportunity that the Lord allows us to have in this journey called life. We must not take for granted an opened door.  The Lord Jesus in His infinite wisdom allowed me to serve in the noble profession of nursing for 38 years. I cared for patients from preterm babies to geriatrics and everyone in between. I am grateful for my experiences.

For this reason, I want to encourage those of you who, perhaps, have not decided what you want to be when you grow up to consider a career in the nursing profession. There are so many opportunities available. It is one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. The demand for nurses is increasing but the registered nurse population is shrinking. If you are in elementary, middle or high school and have an interest, please do well in your sciences and mathematics. Overall, you need to do well in all subjects but especially those, if you are really interested in nursing as a career. Take advantage of advanced placement classes, perform community services and volunteer in a health care setting, if possible. Also, if your school offers a certified nursing assistant program, take advantage of that opportunity as well.

What if you have graduated from college with a degree and can’t find a job or you are not satisfied with your current position. If you graduated with at least a 3.5 GPA, compassionate about helping people and want to make a difference, nursing can be for you as well. There is a program called “Clinical Nurse Leader” in which one with a degree can enroll (if meet all criteria) and upon completion of program will have a Masters in Nursing. The program at Augusta University is about 18 months.

I can’t discuss everything about nursing in this article, so I suggest you do your research. You will find a wealth of information to help you make an informed decision.

Please let me know if this is you!!

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