Nurses also need to communicate between patients and doctors, provide emotional support to patients and their families, teach patients how to self-administer medication and therapy, supervise junior staff, and maintain records.
There are many types of nursing jobs, including registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nurse practitioner, ICU registered nurse, emergency room nurse, operating room nurse, and home health nurse. Although hospitals are the main place of work, nurses are also employed in a variety of settings, such as clinics, private practices, schools, homes, and even prisons.
To become a nurse, first decide on the area to specialize in. Requirements vary with each specialty. Start with a diploma program and work your way up to an associate’s degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree, and finally a Doctor of Nursing degree.
Zeinab Ismail Ali
“Nursing is for people who enjoy providing help, care and support to others. Nurses need a variety of personal qualities; they need to be compassionate, patient, have empathy, good communication and problem solving skills, and have physical endurance and attention to detail. Typically, a nurse is responsible for assisting physicians in administering patient care, providing care, advice and educating patients and their families on a variety of medical conditions. What I love most about being a nurse is being able to positively influence patients, their families, students and other health workers. It’s a truly rewarding and fulfilling profession.”