The Next Shift is a new series of stories written by experienced RNs to provide advice that can help guide the next generation of nurses. The series is presented by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.
I was called to my profession when I was about 7 or 8 years old while reading books about Cherry Ames, a mystery-solving nurse. By the time I was 18, I was managing a floor in a nursing home. Later, I attended night school to further my education and earned my BSN when I was 43.
Looking back, I realize the beauty of nursing, aside from the personal rewards you will receive from caring for patients and their families, is that you will never be bored. You will never remain in the same old job and you can always learn new things by taking courses and earning certifications.Marion Johnson, RN
As a nurse you have the opportunity to experience so many different types of positions. Over the years, Ive worked in geriatrics, homecare, hospice, bereavement and physical rehabilitation emphasizing cognitive retraining. And now Im a school nurse at Amityville Memorial High School in New York, where I graduated.
Each time I went into a new field, I said, Oh this is where I belong! I would take courses, get my certification in that specialty, and soak in the new knowledge. Every field is a specialty, and its so exciting to learn new information.
With nursing, there are no limits as to where you can go and what you can experience. Dont be afraid to try something new. Work hard and continue your education, remembering you have the opportunity to change peoples lives, which is a powerful feeling.
I wish you much happiness.