If you’re reading this, you probably have a passion for caring for people and a goal of becoming a nurse. You also might be asking yourself how you can achieve your career goals in the nursing field. It’s not as easy as many other jobs where you just apply and get it. You need to have certain qualifications, meet a bunch of requirements, and take specific courses. If that doesn’t sound fun or exciting, you might be thinking about giving up on your dream job of being a nurse. But wait! Before you do that, read on to find out how you can achieve your nursing career goals with these 5 simple steps.
Know your options and be realistic
There are many different types of nursing careers. You will find yourself in a different situation depending on the type of setting you’re working in. Some nurses work in hospitals, others are in clinics and even more work in home health. There are also some nurses who work in schools, prisons, and other facilities. When you just think about becoming a nurse and nothing else, you won’t know if what you want even exists. That will slow down your progress and make it harder to achieve your goals. Be realistic with what you want to do, and where you want to do it.
Network, network, network
You might think that the best way to get a job is to go apply. But that’s not true. Most jobs are found through networking and referrals. If you know someone in the field you want to work in, it’s much easier to get an interview. One way to start networking and building up your connections is to join a student nursing organization at your school or in your area. You can also join online forums and communities to meet like-minded people. You don’t know who you might meet and where you might end up. So, network with everyone. You never know who will refer you for your first job.
Create a job resume/CV
When you apply for a job, whether it’s nursing or not, you need to have a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). This is basically your resume with a different name. It lists all the skills, experience, and other facts that make you a great candidate. If a job requires you to have a certain amount of experience, you will need to put that on your CV. You can make a resume or CV on your computer with a word processing program. There are even websites you can use to make one for free. When you have your resume/CV ready, visit job boards and make an account. You can find jobs in your area and apply for them through the job boards.
Take the required courses
There are many courses you will need to take to become a nurse. Some of those courses you can take while you’re still in high school. Others you will have to take during your undergraduate studies. Most schools have nurses who can help you choose courses that go towards your degree and future career. They can also let you know which courses are needed for you to become a nurse. Almost every state has its own requirements for becoming a nurse. You can find them online. Once you know what you need to take, you can start planning for which classes you will have to take. This will make it easier for you to achieve your nursing career goals.
Get your foot in the door
If you don’t have any experience or education in the nursing field, you might find it hard to get a job. But this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. There are still ways for you to get your foot in the door and achieve your goals. First, you can apply to be a nursing assistant or aide. You can also apply to be an EMT and get your foot in the door of a medical setting. Plus, it’s a foot in the door that’s paid! When you become a nursing assistant or EMT, you will learn different skills that you need to become a nurse. And you’ll be able to show your employer that you have these skills.
There is no doubt that nursing is one of the most rewarding fields to choose as a career path, but it also has a lot of red tape to wade through. From getting into the right program to getting the right grades and extracurriculars to get you into the program you want, the process can be long and difficult. Once you get those pesky requirements out of the way, the hard work really begins. Nursing is one of the hardest, most emotionally taxing and time consuming jobs out there. You have to have a whole lot of patience, stamina and sometimes even a sense of humour to deal with all of the different types of personalities you will encounter. There are a few ways to make the process easier though. By networking, creating a resume and getting experience where you can, you will be on the road to achieving your nursing goals in no time.