Nursing is an incredibly honourable career choice, and we are all aware of how important nurses are to the modern health care system. With a global population that is ageing, as well as booming, the hard work, skill and passion brought by nurses across the world is something we must never underrate.
It takes incredible emotional stability, hard-graft, common sense, sharp wit, communication, patience and empathy to achieve success in the world of Nursing, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that not everyone is cut out for the job…
Despite the barriers and emotional tumults these health workers persistently face, the majority agree that they wouldn’t change it for the world, and the general consensus is that nursing is an especially rewarding and fulfilling way to make a living.
Here are some of the benefits of entering the world of nursing; one of the most stable and gratifying careers in the entire global marketplace:
1. You are greatly improving the lives of many people… and that will always be appreciated.
Watching people fight to stay alive day after day certainly forces you to understand the true value of a life. Nursing is not just a career, it’s a vocation that has a profound and positive impact on the patients you encounter and their loved ones. The harsh reality is that death is inevitable – something a nurse would be all too aware of – but that doesn’t mean that life should not be cherished. Nurses face an intense amount of pressure, but the things they achieve is why so many still report an incredibly high level of job satisfaction. Nurses literally are the difference between life and death – a poignant fact that no one will forget.
Nirav Patel is a graduate of Nursing at Western Sydney University (WSU). Nirav worked part-time as a casual Assistant in Nursing (AIN) throughout his full-time studies, and attained a full-time work position not long after graduating.
He says: “Nursing is very intense. In the current work environment, I have experienced first-hand that employers respect Western Sydney University graduates and the job opportunities are immense.
“Western Sydney University prepares its students on how to handle future challenges.”
2. You will continue to learn for the rest of your life.
The great thing about Nursing is that the learning doesn’t stop once you leave the classroom. With training crossing technology and theory, health and social science, the human body, life challenges, diseases and so on, it is critical for the pathway to Nursing to remain predominantly practical – and since every person is so wonderfully different, there’s always something new to learn!
Of course, a successful career begins with a successful education, and it is important for Schools of Health Sciences to provide quality, work-based training for all students hoping to venture into medicine. Sandeep Garg is a mature student at WSU, currently studying for a BA in Nursing. Sandeep holds his university experience in very high regard, and knows his firm academic training will be invaluable once he enters the professional workplace.
He says: “The curriculum is designed to build a strong academic foundation for the students. All subjects blend together to enhance the learning. The study options and the timetables are appropriately flexible.”
3. You can enjoy a diverse range of job opportunities and career stability.
A career in Nursing presents many different paths throughout its course, meaning that it’s a gateway to a diverse range of job opportunities – and there aren’t really a lot of careers that offer something like this. There are also plenty of opportunities for progression, because there are different levels of qualification – such as a Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse or a Nurse manager- all presenting different challenges and varying levels of responsibility. Furthermore, your working environment is fast-paced and exciting – this is a profession where no two days are ever the same.
With critical shortages plaguing healthcare systems around the world, you’re pretty much guaranteed a job upon completion of your course. It is a field that has a tremendous amount to offer. With mortality levels at an all-time low and fresh technologies enlightening the field, careers in the health care sector are booming. Becoming a nurse means you will always be in demand, and the progressive opportunities that will be presented to you would be difficult to find in any other career.
— Nurse.com (@Nurse_com) October 13, 2015
Alisha Johnson is also studying for a Bachelor of Nursing at Western Sydney University. She feels that the practical aspects of her Nursing course have left her confident to enter the workplace.
She says: “Nursing is great! The staff and academics within the School of Nursing are extremely helpful and are easily accessible.
“The course itself is very practical and hands on which prepares you for clinical placement and Nursing in the real world.
“I chose to transfer to WSU, not only because it is close to home, but because I knew that I would receive opportunities such as to follow my passion of going into Nursing research.”
Read on to learn more about some of the world’s leading Universities offering high quality Health Science programs:
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY – AUSTRALIA
With over 42,000 students studying at multiple campuses in Greater Western Sydney, Western Sydney University (WSU) is one of the largest universities in Australia, and is ranked among the Top 2% of Universities in the World. The School of Nursing and Midwifery at WSU offers a wide range of excellent courses, which provide quality, evidence-based studies. A primary healthcare philosophy underpins all undergraduate nursing courses and emphasises a balance of theory and clinical practice in order to prepare you for working in the contemporary nursing and health sectors. The School is internationally renowned for producing graduates who enjoy very high employment rates.
We’re ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world. We believe in a world of #unlimited opportunity.
— Western Sydney Uni (@westernsydneyu) October 13, 2015
FACULTY OF HEALTH, COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION, MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY – CANADA
When Mount Royal University first opened its doors more than 100 years ago – in September, 1911 – it welcomed 179 students. Today, some 12,000 credit students take a variety of programs and courses including Bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates. Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Health, Community and Education offers a variety of innovative programs that prepare you for challenging and rewarding work in a rapidly growing sector, to meet increasing demand for workers in health care, community development and social services. A leader in innovative teaching strategies and outstanding practical instruction, Mount Royal University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery will prepare you to make a difference in the health and well-being of others.
SCHOOL OF HEALTHCARE SCIENCES, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY – UK
Cardiff University is an ambitious and innovative institution with a bold and strategic vision, located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. The School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University is dynamic and forward-looking, internationally recognised for excellence in learning, teaching and research. Its activities encompass a broad range of healthcare sciences, including: clinical photography, midwifery, nursing (adult, child and mental health), occupational therapy, physiotherapy, perioperative practice and radiography. The School prides itself on pursuing research and scholarship of the highest quality, and that it is one of the leading healthcare research departments in the UK.
— Cardiff University (@cardiffuni) October 13, 2015
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE – SINGAPORE
NUS offers a global and Asian experience that is broad, deep and rigorous. Since its beginnings in 1905, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has established itself as one of the leading medical educational institutions in Asia. The curriculum, developed and taught by faculty comprising of distinguished clinicians as well as scientists, provide students with a solid foundation in the medical sciences. Emphasis is placed on the inculcation and development of empathy, in pursuit of the School’s age-old vision of producing compassionate and innovative medical professionals who place the interests of their patients foremost.
Image via Western Sydney University.
Certain extracts of this story were initially published on our sister site Asian Correspondent.