With the changing of the times, comes the eventuality of succession. Baby boomers (people born between 1946-1960) have begun stepping down from the active job market. It is essential that society realizes the impact of this process.
Healthcare is among the fastest growing of any profession. Each day however, many prospective students are unable to enter their profession of choice because of a shortage that most people aren’t aware of. There simply aren’t enough nursing educators to instruct them all. While the shortage of nursing staff is in high demand is well known, the fact that there aren’t enough professors of nursing seems to have escaped the media’s notice. While a good nursing educator teaches their student all that they need to know, some go above and beyond to have a huge impact on the lives of their students. Great nursing professors create great nurses, but what are some of the qualities that make a great professor of nursing?
In the United States, the nursing profession has tremendous diversity.
This fact is reflected in the range of activities, organization, responsibilities, academic preparation, educational financing, and personnel levels that the said profession has. The various responsibilities of a nurse depend on the area in which they practice. This brings about the fact that an academic nurse differs wildly from a critical care nurse, albeit they may have some of the same duties.
An academic nurse or a nurse educator deals with nursing students, non-nursing colleagues, and other nursing staff.
A hospital nurse’s main concerns involve caring for their sick patients, who are confined to their beds.
Technological advancements impact the way professionals get their jobs done. Nurses in the United States also experience the same changes when technology improves. Innovation in medical software and medical devices are changing the nursing practice dramatically. This involves task management and patient care management.