First of all, I would like to congratulate all of the recent nursing school graduates. I know what a sense of accomplishment one feels. Attending nursing school is not like other disciplines. In nursing school, one is always writing care plans, studying lab values and medications, and trying to keep up with the endless reading assignments. Nursing school is tough! The nursing profession can be even tougher at times. However, finding the time to plan ones career before graduation can help tremendously.
Think about the future. Where does one see him-or her-self working: the operating room, the emergency room, the ICU, or the medical floors? There are so many options in the nursing profession. Planning, or lack-thereof, can have a profound impact on how successful one is in his or her own career. Think carefully and critically about what ones goals are and plan accordingly.
Five Year Plan
Planning ones career, even before it has started, seems preposterous to some. However, knowing where one wishes to be in five years can help substantially. Does graduate school sound appealing? It may not sound desirable this minute, but what about in two to five years? Each speciality has its own set of specific requirements. These requirements also vary from school to school, so it is important to start planning ahead. For instance, if ICU experience is required for admission into a particular program, look for new-graduate ICU jobs. Tailoring ones entry-level career choices to ones interest, or potential goals can help one achieve their goals in a more timely manner.
Depending on if one is interested in furthering their education, there are many choices and options for some specialties, and with others, one may have to choose schools outside their desired location. When making career choices in the beginning, whether, completing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree, or going to graduate school, one should look at prospective schools to determine the requirements at each school. Each school will have different requirements, but keep these in mind as starting ones career.
One does not have to pursue higher educational levels to have a fulfilling and rewarding nursing career. The foundation of our healthcare is built on hardworking nurses, like ourselves, who have not continued on with their education. We are the backbone of hospitals and doctors offices across the country. Consider the many options available to nurses these days and choose the path that work best for one’s interests and lifestyle.
Be proud of the accomplishments that you have completed already. Remember, if nursing was easy, everyone would do it. Congratulations again on graduating from nursing school. My wish for you is a happy and rewarding nursing career.