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Major in Nursing
Article by Rachelle Wiggins
“Our goal is to make the invisible God visible—to mirror and mimic what He is like to the world.” ~John Mark Comer
As the Creator of nature and human life, God knows the inner workings of every cell in every human body. He is the powerful, compassionate Ultimate Healer and His Son is the Great Physician. We, his image-bearers, are called to represent him well and part of the restoration and hope we bring to this world comes in the form of mending broken bodies and minds. A nursing major is trained in how to give effective medical care to diverse populations. Delving into the sciences, study includes areas like patient evaluation, nutrition, drug administration and medical technology. With four times as many nurses as doctors, nursing is the largest segment of the healthcare profession in the U.S., representing roughly 2.5 million jobs. With a projected 16% employment (above the national average for other professions) a career in nursing is a wise investment.
So, what are some of the traits necessary to enter this challenging and academically rigorous field? In order to give the best patientcare, it is essential to possess genuine concern for people—the kind of sacrificial kindness that takes time with individuals, expresses empathy, reads social and cultural cues accurately and acts as advocate for the suffering. In addition, a future nurse should be:
Once your general education classes are completed, a nursing major will spend considerable time in STEM-based classes like microbiology, chemistry and anatomy & physiology. As you move further into your nursing program you will learn practical skills such as how to gather a patient’s medical history, conduct a physical exam, arrive at a diagnosis and design a care plan. You will participate in hands-on practicums and be required to complete a clinical internship in a chosen area of specialization such as obstetrics, pediatrics, neurology, intensive care or neonatal nursing. Classes you might expect to take for your nursing major include:
Before you can be officially licensed to work as a nurse you will be required to pass a test known as the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). Though 56% of nursing graduates work in hospitals, others have found employment in schools, camps, home health care agencies, physician offices, nursing care facilities and the military. Here is a small sampling of the many areas of nursing you might consider:
If your Designer has uniquely wired you with a “science bent” combined with a merciful heart, then what better way to serve others effectively and bring glory to Him than to pursue a career in the ever-vital field of nursing?