4 Myths About Nursing School

May 17, 2013 in Nursing TIps

Nursing Students Observing

Myths tend to become attached to almost any subject and occupations are no exception–even nursing. Students preparing to attend nursing school will want to make sure they have the most accurate information about the industry and the new territory they’ll be entering…that means debunking myths.

Myth #1: Nursing School Is the Fastest Way to Get Into Healthcare

Not exactly. True, it typically takes less years of schooling for nursing compared to the education required to become a doctor but it all mainly depends on the specialty a student is interested in pursuing professionally. Receiving an ADN (Associate’s Degree in Nursing) takes about two years and is enough to get students past the NCLEX and into an entry-level position.

However, the more in demand nursing jobs call for much more education, which means extra time in school. Registered nurses often spend the most time in school and if you’re hoping to move into a management position or go into an advanced practice, that will likely mean earning a Master’s degree.

Nursing students need to plan carefully which occupation they want to pursue so they’ll have a better understanding of how much time they’ll need to commit to the educational part of the process.

Myth #2: There’s Such a Demand for Nurses, I’ll be Guaranteed a Job When I Graduate

Just because a particular industry has many openings for certain professions, that doesn’t mean it’s an automatic deal that recent graduates will immediately get hired into their dream jobs. While it’s beneficial to enter healthcare because of the demand for skilled individuals, employers don’t accept everybody that applies.

Nursing graduates have steep competition and should prepare for a rigorous job search process, as well as the possibility of being turned down. Because the pool of applicants is so large, hospitals and other medical facilities have the luxury of being picky in who they choose to bring on board.

Myth #3: Continuing Education Credits Won’t Apply to Me

If you haven’t done your homework on the nursing specialty you’re studying for, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. In many instances, nurses working in the field professionally must still participate in Continuing Education in order to earn the credits required to maintain their certification and/or licenses. Failing to complete CE credits means not being allowed to practice. This is a serious consequence so it is important that nursing students know their educational days are not behind them forever simply because they have graduated from nursing school.

Certain nursing occupations call for more CE credits than others. It is a good idea to find out what Continuing Education credits are required for each profession early on.

Myth #4: To Be a Successful Nurse, I Must Get Hired at a Hospital

Not true. There are more types of medical facilities than a person can shake a stick at–and they all have a need for qualified nurses of all kinds. Hospitals are great to work at but nurses can be just as successful–if not more so–working at clinics, in a private practice or even in a government appointed position.

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