Top 7 Professional Challenges Faced By Nurses in The 21st Century
Nursing is a profession that can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. Since nurses represent the majority of the workforce, they are often targeted by hospitals as a way to cut down their healthcare costs. Nurses play a very important role in the medical industry. Known for their most caring traits, nurses have now developed their own reputation and identity in the health care area.
But despite being recognized and valued, nurses still have to face several difficulties and challenges in their profession. Some of these challenges are easy to overcome but others are quite complicated for the nurses to handle. Given below are some of the major challenges that nurses are facing today:
Why Your Nursing Clinicals May Have Been Counterproductive.
In an article on the issue of nursing students being treated harshly in the clinical setting, one of the problems that the authors discuss is the fact that undue stress is being placed on the students. This has the effect of thwarting their learning experience by putting a strain on student-staff relationships which are an integral part of a student’s clinical experience (Levett-Jones 2009). read more …
Gaining the Experience Before the Job.
It’s a catch 22. As new nursing grads we are try to get jobs but are being told that we need experience. But to get experience we need jobs. The issue is how to create a portfolio which will show that you are not still wet behind the ears.
One practical tip is to volunteer in the emergency medical field. Volunteering at the local ambulance station can provide much of the same critical care experience that one would find in an emergency room. In addition to becoming comfortable with diagnosing and first aid, the emergency medical field is an experience which exposes you to higher stress than you’d find in the controlled environment of a hospital. I can tell you from firsthand experience that there is a noticeable difference between the new grads just starting on the floor and the nurses who’ve been in the field.
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Congratulations! You graduated nursing school…Now what?
So there I was finally finished with nursing school, easy street, I thought. I mean I had everything going for me, critical care experience as a paramedic, plenty of extra certificates, and contacts in high places. I even had the manager of a clinic in which I worked previously as a lab technician guarantee me a position as soon as my classes ended. Upon graduation, I immediately printed out the papers from the New York State Health Department allowing for a provisional licence until my NCLEX test date. I figured I would be working the next day. read more …