6 Common Nursing Career Myths
Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer
Whether you’re a veteran healthcare worker or just starting out, some long-held myths about the industry can hinder your career—or stop you before you even get started. Learn the truth about these six common nursing career myths.
Myth 1: The nursing shortage guarantees me the perfect job when I graduate.
“While the shortage of nurses is acute across the United States, great locations and great organizations turn away candidates,” says Neill Marshall, managing partner with Coppell, Texas-based Marshall Koll & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in hospital and healthcare. “These organizations have their pick of the best and brightest.”
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Myth 2: If I only attend a two-year college, I won’t be a real nurse.
“An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is required to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination along with students who have earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing,” says Val Richardson, director of workforce development for Palmetto Health in South Carolina. ADN programs are offered at local technical colleges.
Myth 3: Continuing education (CE) is important only if I plan to pursue management positions.
On the contrary, CE credits are usually required to maintain licenses and certifications. For example, radiologic technologists must earn 24 CE credits every two years.
CE could also prepare you for a lateral move to a different team, department or organization, or it could simply help you improve your performance in your current position, says Julia Hooper, director of hospital education and workforce development at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital.
“What do you want in your career?” Hooper says. “I have asked employees off and on over the last 20 years and have experienced a range of emotions, from eye rolling, laughter, shrugged shoulders, frustration and, most often, tears. It’s a question that cuts to the core of us, because it is that important to our very being. Continuing education needs to start with you so that you can best describe who you are in relation to your career.”