I spent the last three years, working toward my Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA), at the Texas Woman’s University, in addition to having already spent more than a quarter century in cardiology and medicine.
During my portfolio presentation when Dr. Mosley, The director of the MHA program at Texas Woman’s’ University (TWU), asked me how I was going to use my new training and skills, it just came from the heart, “I would like to see the number of nursing students double in this country in the next five years.” It was strange; I had not planned or rehearsed that statement.
The single most important economic issue that is gripping this nation and the rest of the world, is the creation of new jobs. It is ironic, that we have a national unemployment rate that has exceeded 10%, while at the same time we have a 13% vacancy in nursing jobs. This shortage could climb to 20% by the end of 2010.
It is inconceivable how we have overlooked such a golden opportunity to retrain our existing labor force that has no future in the field of their lost careers. If you are a software engineer, you could take a few more classes and work as an information technology officer at a hospital.
The nursing salaries are excellent, the benefits are great, and the job has the best security.
As a nurse, there are numerous ways you can use your talents. You can work in a medical office, Ambulatory Surgery Center, ER, or work as a flight nurse, nurse manager, director, educator, traveling nurse, anesthetist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or as a surgical assistant.
What prerequisites do you need to join a nursing school?
You will be amazed to know that if you have completed a high school education, and achieved more than 19 point on your ACT score, you are eligible to enroll in a nursing program at the Wharton Junior College, in an associates nursing program!
Some nursing schools may require a pre-admission test called the National League for Nursing (NLN) pre-admission Exam.
The entry level nursing programs are divided into Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN). Once you complete the training, you can sit for the RN examination.
After graduation, you must complete the NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® license examination to become a licensed nurse. For more information about nurse licensure and public protection, consult the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
The associate’s degree requires 24 months of training and may cost $15,000 in a community college. The Bachelor’s degree requires an additional year of training. It is important to enquire whether the program has both the ADN and BSN, so you can complete your training at one place. This is also important, as some of the credits may not be transferrable from one institution to another. That means you may have to repeat some of the courses.
I was talking to Tara, an RN, a new nurse who had graduated from UTMB. She told me that she had already completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree before she decided to go into nursing. She could transfer a lot of her credits from the bachelor’s course and she was able to enter an accelerated program that took her 12 months to complete. This is a real option for all those who have had a career after their college and can’t find a job. Imagine, by spending 12 months and perhaps $10,000 to $12,000, you could have a guaranteed job for life. In doing so, you have added one more job to this country’s economy. It is a WIN-WIN situation.
Bob, who was pursuing nursing as a second career, after not being able to find a job in his primary specialty, pointed out several pertinent facts which are worth considering. As an experienced person, you bring a lot of outside talent to the nursing profession, even before you begin your first class. You bring the real-life experience of dealing in the business world, which adds to reality to the situation. You bring talent, knowledge, wisdom and a more matured outlook to the profession. You are more likely to be committed to the program, as your livelihood depends on it and you are excited about the fact that in 12 months you will be embarking on a job that can serve you a lifetime.
Don’t let your talents go to waste, and don’t wait for the job market to turn around for you. Why not complete an application online, and start attending classes–NOW! You may be entitled to a loan or a scholarship depending on your background and you may not have to spend a dime for your nursing education.
Once you complete your basic RN degree, you have many post-graduate opportunities to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or a PhD in nursing.
How do I get started?
Visit a local university or a community college and get all the information you can gather. Talk to a freshman graduate who has completed a year of training, to get more important current academic information. Have a dialog with an experienced nurse to get some views on long-term plans. Whatever you decide, first get started! After you enter the college campus, you can gather a wealth of more practical information. Later, you can make more meaningful decisions.
Between now and 2020, we will have to train 600,000 new nurses to meet the demands. This can only be accomplished if rural area hospitals, the state & federal governments, and local nursing schools create a national scholarship to encourage high school students to pursue a career in nursing education and for re-training the disheartened labor force, so they could provide the best quality healthcare to fellow human beings.
If you realize that your $15,000 donation could create a new job that can last a life-time for an individual and for this country, your contribution could be infinitely more valuable, noble, and worthy of your good will.
If you are a hospital or an institution, who would like to sponsor a nursing student, who in turn can commit to provide services at your facility for a stipulated period of time, after the completion of the training, you may be interested in this project.