Why Choose Nursing
Choosing a right career is a dilemma for most of the students who have just completed pre-university. Every parent intends to place his / her child into good courses that would offer a bright future. Choice of a career and placement is a challenging process because of lack of Guidance and increasing competition.
However, the youth must never compromise with their vision (dreams) and aspirations and enter into any occupation just because there was no other option. Nursing, during recent times has emerged as a promising career choice (rather an option), for many a young boys and girls. This is evident from the rapid mushrooming of institutions, offering nursing education. The art of nursing the sick and the wounded had been handed down to us from time immemorial. It is left to the new generation to develop that art and keep that flame of knowledge alive and glowing (D.P. Karmarkar, Union Minister, 1960). Till mid 20th century nursing was considered a vocation and a noble profession and young aspirants (mostly girls) who felt a calling joined.
If NURSING is what you are contemplating on, as your career, you ought to know certain facts:
Nursing is a noble profession but only to those who have the aptitude of caring and attitude of serving others.
Nursing all over the world has evolved and established itself as a profession having all the characteristics of a profession : –
Having own body of knowledge, based on theories and research.
Ensures theoretical and practical competeneies acquired through undergoing training from accredited institutions, affiliated to a university offering highest level of educational qualifications to its members.
Socially accepted as offering dedicated and altruistic service for the welfare of all human beings.
Enjoys self governance (autonomy and accountability) and devoted to quality focused services.
Members believe in ethical principles, having well-organized association devoted to the welfare society, clients and up gradation of professional standards.
Nursing offers rewarding career opportunities both in service sector as well as private practice within India and abroad. Study of nursing and its practice involves hard work and excellence. At the same time it offers an opportunity to serve people and make good earning. The job of a clinical nurse requires working during shift duties in different settings, caring for multi dimensionally needs of people handling emergencies, solving problems making decisions teaching and counseling people in their homes, workplaces, schools; and calls for high sense of duty even at the cost of sacrificing ones comfort.
Job prospects: A graduate or a postgraduate nurse can find employment as a clinician in government or private hospitals, in nursing homes / clinics / health departments, in medical services of army / navy or air force, in charitable institutions,
In nursing colleges, training institutes as teachers (lecturers, readers, professors).
In research institutes and health care companies as researchers.
In the industrial & business sector e.g. travel agencies.
As private or independent practitioner / self employment.
As nurse managers / coordinators / administrators in various settings.