On the trail of nursing’s pioneers
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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