(PRWEB) March 7, 2005
ÂNothing ever changes around here, and I mean ever!Â a nurse said to me very emphatically. And I had to admit that she was right. Very little ever changes on the outside. ItÂs on the inside that change can be made in leaps and bounds. IÂve found that in my nursing career, the more I change, the more everything else changesÂ for the better.
Nursing offers more opportunities than any other career choice. In my nursing career IÂve worked in a variety of different clinical areas, taught nursing students, served as an expert witness, taught continuing education, and worked as a unit manager and house supervisor. Each of these opportunities helped me contribute more to the nursing field and impact thousands of patients.
In 1990, I became certified in Critical Care nursing, and that was just the beginning of a life of constant improvement. The experience of studying for the certification exam made me aware of just how much I didnÂt know about nursing and stimulated an interest in continuing my education. From there I obtained a MasterÂs degree and pursued an additional two years of post-masterÂs work. The process changed my attitude about healthcare delivery and my role in making nursing all it should be.
Anything that stagnates becomes putrid. The quest for lifetime learning taught me that if anything is going to change itÂs up to me to initiate that change, and to begin with myself. When I pursued additional education and certification, my attitudes changed. I saw new opportunities within my current job and outside of it too.
Anyone can do what IÂve done. IÂm not just ÂluckyÂ because I have a MasterÂs degree, or because IÂm certified in Critical Care nursing. Those things just opened more doors for me. I know nurses with diplomas and associate degrees who teach continuing education and serve as legal nurse consultants. I know nurses with a bachelorÂs degree who are managers, supervisors, and teach nursing students.
You can too, and it starts with certification. The extra letters at the end of my name donÂt make me a better nurse; itÂs the study and self-development that went into certification that makes me a better nurse. In order to consider becoming certified, I had to value myself and had to desire to validate my expertise. The process of preparing for certification taught me things I didnÂt know, or had forgotten. And the combination of taking action on my own behalf, and additional study led to more confidence, better collaborative relationships with my peers, and better care for my patients.
Certification is something that you do for you. IÂve stopped teaching certification classes to people who are just Âgoing through the motions.Â They attend a seminar because their hospital wants them to become certified and will pay for it. I want to teach the nurses who want certification as a personal and professional goal. Together weÂll get Âfired upÂ about it! These are the nurses whoÂll change the system. These are the nurses that our patients rely on. These are the nurses who donÂt wait for the system to change before changing themselves Â these nurses seek out opportunities to BE the change they want to see happen.
ÂNothing ever changes around hereÂ may be true for some, but you donÂt have to make it a part of your career. Join me and thousands of other nurses in becoming certified to validate your expertise and start the amazing journey in a career more fulfilling than you ever expected!
David W. Woodruff, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN helps nurses become extraordinary, and has helped thousands of nurses to become certified through his unique ÂTest PrepÂ programs that guarantee success on the certification exams. Get more information at http://www.Ed4Nurses.com
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