Nursing – the “In” profession

If you’re planning a career or have children about to do so, its worth considering this noble profession for several emerging reasons:

  • Its a recession-proof job. In a survey by Business Week in June, nursing ranked no: 3 of the top 10 most-wanted occupations by recruiters and employers in the US.
  • The pay is attractive and nurses are well-compensated, with figures ranging from USD 48,000-55,000 per year.
  • There is a worldwide demand for nurses which doesn’t look like abating.
  • In some countries, qualified doctors are retraining themselves to be nurses! It is estimated that in the
    Male Nurse in the US

    "Mister is fine," US nurse Elmer Jacinto (who was a doctor in the Philippines) replies when asked how he prefers to be addressed. "Here I am not a doctor". -credits:Honolulu Advertiser

    Philippines, some 9,000 doctors have decided in the last 5 years to take a nursing degree so that, as qualified nurses, they would be able to migrate to the US to satisfy the demand there. Read here. In fact, the shortage is so acute, even developed countries like Great Britain are suffering because their nurses are also moving to the US.

  • The career pathway is now varied and practically limitless. I remember as a houseman, nurses were referred in a derogatory manner as ‘glorified hand-maidens’ to the consultants. Nowadays, apart from being nurse-managers, quite a number have risen to be CEOs of hospitals as well.

The news that nursing is the preferred profession over doctors as illustrated above is interesting and I tend to agree with this, despite what politicians say about shortage of doctors in their countries. There are several reasons in my mind why becoming doctors isn’t that glamorous any more but this will wait for a future post..

One response

  1. Nursing, like doctoring too, requires communication and a sympathetic/ empathic disposition. Similar to another one of your posts (to medical students), doctors and nurses and indeed personnel and staff of hospitals, ultimately, need to be effective communicators, having (at the very least) common courtesy and a general liking for people. This is particularly important for nursing staff, who come into most contact with the public. Granted most people who pay for private healthcare can be boorish and boisterous (and less than courteous themselves). In an ideal word, if we could train people to be good patients (as we train nurses to be professional service providers) everyone would be happy (which is rarely the case).
    The point is, whatever profession anyone decides on, they will still need to develop the necessary (social/soft) skills to make them more effective and ultimately successes in their field.

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