The State of the Nursing Profession

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Answer the following questions about your profession:
Where are we?
Where do we need and want to be?
What is the best way to get there?
How do we evaluate our progress?

The State of the Nursing Profession

As it has always been, the nursing profession is highly competitive. There is a growing need for
more nurse practitioners day-in-day-out. The growing global population requires more nursing
personnel to provide service to them. Hospitals are also being established all over the
worldcreating job opportunities for nurses. The issue of insufficiency of health care services has
been a concern in most countries. As most of these countries advance economically, they are
able to improve the sector by the construction of hospitals of different categories to ensure that
the basic need is accessed by all citizens. The need to equip the hospitals with health care


professionals especially nurse practitioners and doctorshas been prioritized by most present
governments. Generally, the profession is at a good condition and there are unlimited job
opportunities for nurses. Unlike several other professions, nursing allows graduates to practice in
different environments all over the world, offering them a wide range of market. However, as De
Milt, Fitzpatrick and McNulty noted, some practitioners experience discomforts in their job, just
as they do experience satisfactions. Particularly, a good population of the practitioners is
dissatisfied with the lack of collegiality in the profession, insignificance of intra-practice
partnerships as well as the questionable growth of the profession, (DE MILT, FITZPATRICK, &
McNULTY, 2011, pg. 87).As a result of such occurrences; some nurses consider the working
environment unfavorable.
Nurses need to gain confidence with their profession. Though nurses are still needed in
abundance, securing employment has been a challenge to some of them. National Students
Nurses Association (NSNA) noted that new graduates in nursing face unemployment due to
flooding of the registered nurses field by old experienced nurses (NSNA, 2012, Pg. 38). It is the
wish of every nurse to get employed. It would be a disappointment, if after undergoing the
intensive training in nursing, one would still have to take a long while to secure a job.Usually,
most firms require experienced nurses, which is probably right for them. The question now
comes in: how and where should the new nurses earn experience if they are not employed in the
first place?
NSNA advised on the ways that would enable fresh young nurses overcome unemployment.
New nurses are advised to first enroll as CertifiedNursing Assistants (CAN) as a means of
introducing themselves into the field where they would concurrently gain experience (NSNA,
2012, Pg. 58). While new nurses are not discouraged, they are advised that experience is crucial


considering the nature of the profession. It is therefore an important thing to seek for them to
become competitive. Nursing graduates are also advised to advance their education while still
working as CNAs. Those with diplomas and associate degrees are advised to pursue RN
(Registered Nurse), while those with RN are advised to pursue masters programs (NSNA, 2012,
Pg. 38).
To improve the working environment for nurses, American Nurses Association (ANA) offered a
guideline that constituted of six mechanisms. The six were ability to communicate in a skilled
manner, team work orientation in service provision, making of sound and effective decisions,
adequacy of staff, mutual recognition among nurses and pursuit of an authentic leadership style
(ANA , 2010, Pg. 14).

Progress Evaluation

Achievements in nursing would be translated in the satisfaction seen among members of the
profession. The more the unaddressed challenges are, the high the likelihood of nurses to feel
insecure. The ease with which nursing graduates get employed is also likely to relate directly
with achievements of the entire profession. If proposed methods to improve the status of the
profession are implemented, a spirit of collegiality would be felt in the interactions among
nurses. Generally, progress would be evaluated by the extent to which confidence in the
profession is maintained.




ANA. (2010). Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Maryland, MD: Silver Spring
DE MILT, D. G., FITZPATRICK, J. J., &McNULTY, R. (2011).Nurse Practitioners’ Job
Satisfaction and Intent to Leave Current Positions, the Nursing Profession, and the Nurse


Practitioner Role as a Direct Care Provider. NCBI, 23(1):42-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-
NSNA.(2012). Realities of the Current Job Market.

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