Nurses are always trying to learn more about how to care for patients.
And that looks different for each nurse.
Some want to learn more about how to run the unit, or the hospital.
Some want to learn more about how to run another department.
Some want to learn more about disease states.
Some want to learn more about new treatments and new modalities.
Some want to learn more about getting away from the bedside.
All of these are okay.
And there are different ways to learn about each one.
There are different degree paths for each one.
Some of them don’t even require a degree path.
And some nurses don’t want to get any more degrees than the one that got them their RN.
And that is perfectly fine.
But healthcare is always moving in an outward direction, toward education.
Because we are all here for the patients, whatever that may look like.
You don’t have to follow my path.
Because you are your own nurse.
I love to learn. I have spent the last 6 years on various degree paths.
But that is me.
No one said you had to do as I do. You’re not me after all.
Just to have the same endgame of safe, effective care for patients.
But you will find that you know more than you think you do.
And the patients will still need us.
No matter what form of nursing we take.