The healthcare sector has long since been a destination for those who are hard workers and have a compassionate outlook on the world. Looking after people who are ill in either a clinic or a domestic setting can be hard on the emotions. It also takes time to study to enter, and the working hours can be long as well. But it’s not all doom and gloom. This article will point out some of the many ways in which entering the healthcare profession might not be quite as difficult as first assumed – and how hospitals and other healthcare employers are in fact making it a smooth process.
The first, and perhaps most obvious reason why entering the nursing or other healthcare profession isn’t as difficult as may first be assumed is that it is the sort of profession which can be practiced anywhere. On the face of it, this may seem to have no relationship to barriers to entry. After all, becoming a more senior medical professional such as a physician is also in high demand – and that takes plenty of study!
But there is a connection. With many other jobs, the barrier to entry is often your own personal plans. Say you always wanted to be a weather forecaster. Demand for skills like these exists, but only in certain locations – such as areas with universities with meteorology functions, or cities which have TV studios. If your life plans focused on living in a small town with no college and no TV studio, you’d be restricted. Working as a nurse, however, means that you’ll always be able to take your skills from one place to the next – no matter what sort of area you’d like to live in.
In high demand
Aside from the portability of your nursing skills, there’s a major shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers in the US – and that’s leading to all kinds of incentives for people to train as nurses and healthcare professionals. The shortage is tough: according to some estimates, the shortfall could be as high as almost 700,000. This means that whether you go for general practice or take a specialist route, a nursing degree will often lead to employment.
And some healthcare institutions are responding positively as part of their efforts to encourage more people into the profession. These incentives are certainly making it easier for people to enter, too, by removing some of the most pressing barriers to entry. They include paying off those tough student loans, upfront bonuses when first joining, or even no-cost homes to live in while you work there.
Another reason why becoming a healthcare professional might not be quite as tough a job as you might expect is because it’s now easier than ever to pick up a qualification in nursing or a similar subject. First of all, there’s a whole range of choice: you may be surprised to learn just how near to you there is a campus offering nursing degrees, and it’s well worth checking out maps of the local area to find a place. Don’t forget to look at smaller or less well-known colleges as sometimes they are able to provide some of the most targeted and specialist nursing-related degrees.
And for those people who are worried about old-fashioned styles of teaching, there’s no need to be concerned. In the modern age, learning to be a nurse is an innovative and exciting process of study which takes some of the best of modern learning styles and places them into a healthcare context. From senior skills like management or nursing co-ordination, to modules on the wider context of nursing (such as legal and ethical questions), there are many interesting ways in which healthcare qualifications are taught and delivered – so you won’t be bored.
Working in healthcare can seem from the outside like a tough job to do. Not only does it require periods of study, it also comes with an emotional price tag given the sometimes-stressful nature of the work – and it can require up-front costs, student loans and more. But it doesn’t have to be overly difficult to break into this profession – and it can, in fact, be easier than it seems. Whether it’s the sign-on incentives, the diversity of study formats or even the simple fact that your skills will always be in demand everywhere, entering nursing and healthcare may be much easier than you first thought.