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On the trail of nursing’s pioneers

With the shift from predominantly acute to community-based provision for people living with chronic illnesses, nurses need to consider careers in non-traditional settings.

It was only when I started teaching an undergraduate community health course that I became aware of the general lack in knowledge about nursing career options.

Nursing education programmes have to ensure that students are competent and adequately prepared to care for patients when they enter the workforce. This often means there is less emphasis on subject matter not directly related to meeting required competencies.

Nursing practice extends far beyond the traditional hospital bedside in a variety of settings. All nurses should begin where they can develop clinical skills and experience, and an inpatient hospital setting can help accomplish this goal. And most non-traditional community-based settings require acute-care experience, which is critical to the development of the novice nurse.

Finding the right fit

Many nurses enjoy working in the acute care and have no desire to work anywhere else. However,


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