Archive for January, 2010

Advice for the next generation of nurses

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

How do we choose a career? How do we decide what we want to be when we grow up, when we graduate college? How do we decide what to study in college? For me this was never an issue. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a nurse. I always felt I was born to be a nurse.

But for some it’s not that easy. There are many girls, boys, men, women who might be thinking that nursing may be the correct profession for them. But how do they know? Many are not as lucky as I was and have the “calling.” Many are looking into nursing, but aren’t sure what it entails.  How can we help them? How can we – the nurses of today – give them information that will help them make the right decision.

I’ve often thought that we need to tell them what nursing is all about. WE need to enlighten them as to what they are expected to do and what they are getting themselves into. That’s why I’m considering writing another book. A book written by nurses for “potential” nurses. Advice for them before they make the college move.

If you could tell a young girl or boy, or even someone considering changing professions, what nursing REALLY IS, what would you say. Give them some advice, before it’s too late. Don’t you wish you knew what you were getting into before you registered for your first nursing class.

Tell me what you want these potential nurses to know. I will combine all of the advice into a book and work to publish it.

By submitting a response to this blog, you are giving me permission to publish your comment in my book. Include your first name, last initial, City, and State. I will work on giving the advice to the next generation of nurses.