Your resume’ came across my desk this week. I am so grateful for the young men and women striving to make a difference in this world by becoming a registered nurse. Keep in mind, becoming a registered nurse is challenging as well as meaningful. Sadly, I don’t have a position for you.
However, it would be wrong not to give you some advice. Work in a hospital (a Children’s Hospital) or nursing facility for disabled children as an aide. About 65% of all graduating nurses go into these jobs. You will have the hands on experience that will only intensify your ability to learn while at college and build your resume’. Reach out to the Pediatric Nurses’ Association or the American Nurses’ Association for scholarship opportunities and, when you start school, get involved with the Student Nurse Association.
Our field is changing with the policies and politics of this country and the world. Do not ignore them. There will be an increasing need for registered nurses to care for children and an aging population affected by climate change. Get politically active through the League of Women Voters (LWV) and become an American Red Cross (ARC) volunteer. The LWV will hone your skills on policy, advocacy, and prepare you to vote with your mind, not the political garbage of commercials. You will get to know your candidates. The ARC will prepare you to act on the local and global disasters of climate change – Zika virus and other illnesses, coastal flooding, and more powerful weather systems in the Midwest and South. You will see more patients with upper respiratory difficulties with asthma or end stage lung disease because of carbon and methane releases have become a determinant in the health of the world.
And, my last caveat: Take care of yourself first. More nurses have injuries to their back, shoulders, elbows, knees – if you catch my drift. Take care of yourself first so you will be able to care for others. As nurse educators, we need to teach that first, because we were never taught it and have the injuries to prove it.
Peggy Ann Berry, PhD, MSN, RN, COHN-S, SPHR-SCP, PNLC
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