Not everybody wants to be a doctor. Sure, the allure exists. The lab coats, the gleaming instruments, the status. But being a doctor is a massive responsibility, with the very difference between life and death resting in their hands. A single mistake would result in a fatality, possibly an epidemic. Not everyone wants to have that kind of pressure on them every day that they go to work, but there are those who still love to work in hospitals, caring for the sick, helping those who can’t help themselves. These are the little praised, yet impossible to live without, group of people called nurses.
Nursing as a profession
Nursing is probably even older a profession than being a doctor. Humans have been nursing the sick back to health long before primitive medicines even existed. While a doctor’s job is done the second the patient is out of a life-threatening illness (once the case is solved, to some diagnosticians), a nurse has the longer, just as important task of being a shoulder, a helping hand, and a guide to the patient on the road back to full health, or just to recover enough to stand on their own two feet.
Nurses wind up as the doctors without degrees, as they pick up a huge amount of information as they gain experience in years. They are the people in charge of administering medicines on time, in correct doses, to the right people. They are also responsible for changing dressings, supervising wards, and if the need arises, putting rowdy patients in their place.
Becoming a Nurse
Because of the very demanding nature of the job, not just everyone is allowed to become a nurse. There is a vast difference between being a medical attendant and a fully qualified nurse. You can think of being a nurse as being a backup doctor. Accordingly to be a nurse you need to have passed nursing courses at accredited institutions of medicine.
While hospitals do allow those who haven’t completed any nursing courses to join them in a purely learning capacity, becoming a professionally qualified nurse takes time and years of rigorous training, at the end of which are a number of challenging examinations.
If you do manage to pass all of the proper medical training and become a nurse, you should know that while it may seem tough, you will grow to love what you do, because the feeling of knowing that you are making a difference is one that can never be replaced or imitated in any other profession but that of caregiving and nursing.