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CAREER GUIDE: THE NURSING PROFESSION
21 Sep 2017

CAREER GUIDE: THE NURSING PROFESSION

As mentioned in a previous post: The 21st Century Challenges: Creating Jobs Where There Are No Jobs, the world of works keeps evolving with the times so it is important that you keep abreast with the changes as it relates to your career by staying updated with information, adopting new realities and relinquishing old methods of doing things. In the health care profession there are many fields ranging from medicine, to nursing, to pharmacy, to physiotherapy, to dentistry, to optometry and a lot more. In this post our focus is on the nursing profession.

 

The nursing profession is considered to be prestigious by some while many others believe it is not worth considering when, in their own opinion, there are better and more lucrative careers to pursue. Nursing is an helping profession and high premium is placed on it by developed societies. It is only looked down upon in societies that place little or no value on human lives and well-being. Being a nurse requires an intense passion to help and save lives. It is not outrightly different from being a doctor, only the area of expertise distinguishes both. You require the same O’level result as the doctors to study nursing and almost the same UTME result for a candidate coming into the university. It is however some worth different if you choose to go to the nursing school. The university training takes up to five years after which you are awarded a degree. To go to the nursing school, you need the required O’level results before sitting for the highly competitive entrance examination conducted. Only 50 candidates are selected at the end of the screening exercise and the training is for a period of three years after which you are certified with a diploma in nursing unlike in the university where a degree is obtained. There has always been an argument about who is the better-trained irrespective of their certification. Some are of the opinion that university graduates are because they spent a period of five years learning while those who went to nursing schools spent just a period of three years. Some others would argue that those who went to nursing schools were constantly exposed to experimentations and practices and not just the theoretical aspect of the profession as is the case with the university graduates. It is however important to note that the world of works also considers this bias and tends to rate those with university degrees above those with nursing school certificates more often than not. This is seen through how quickly those with degrees climb up the ladder, becoming consultants and midwives while those with diploma certificates have to settle for less and struggle on the job before attaining any significant position in their career. The largest employers of nursing school graduates are majorly the state governments who need them to work in their general hospitals as resident nurses.

 

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Do note that these two ways stated above are not the only ways one can become a nurse. There is the amateurish training available in some hospitals, clinics and maternity homes for a duration agreed upon by both parties. These ones are best termed as “quacks.”

 

There are also various fields of nursing one can specialize in, some of them are pediatric nursing, psychiatric nursing, dental nursing, veterinary nursing, trauma care and so on.

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