My Nursing Career
As a child, a nurse wearing a white uniform and a doctor wearing white coat fascinated me. My cousin was a nurse and often when I visited her, I felt a force pulling me or attracting me to that white uniform. Never realized until I became a nurse that it was not a dream, I was destined to be a nurse. Today we call Florence Nightingale pioneer of nursing and Mother Teresa the epitome of love and compassion (, 2010, p. 1). These women choose to do what was in their heart, the passion to serve the hungry and needy, sick and poor, leper and beggar, weak and in street, embracing them with love and thus showing a unique example for people like me to follow. In India years ago nursing was considered very cheap profession …show more content…
Inappropriate staffing levels can not only threaten patient health and safety, and lead to greater complexity of care, but also impact on RNs’ health and safety by increasing nurse pressure, fatigue, injury rate, and ability to provide safe care ("Issues in nursing," 2012, p. 1). The most prevalent injuries in nursing are musculoskeletal disorders and needle stick injuries ("Work Injury," 2012, p. 1). Due to nursing shortage unable to deliver good customer care will affect in patient satisfaction survey.
Other issue is lack of respect for nurses from other health care providers, including physicians, administrators and in some cases even advanced practice nurses (Biggest problems facing nursing today., 2004, p. 1). Nurses believe that their wages are not fairly compensated. Nurses need to have an understanding of the issues pertaining to global health. Some of the legal issues in nursing are Nurse Practice Act, Standards of Professional Practice, EMTALA, Advanced Directives, HIPAA, Licensure, Good Samaritan Laws, Public Health Laws, Physician-Assisted Suicide, Americans with Disabilities Act, negligence and malpractice. Nurses need to be aware to the health consequences of terrorism and use of biological agents.
Recently I had opportunity at my facility to apply for position of Nursing House Officer. This title was just changed a month ago from Nursing Supervisor and with that they raised the bar for educational qualification as