Educating the Next Generation: Nurses Giving Back

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The holiday season is a time of year where we think about the important people in our lives. We are thankful for everything they’ve done for us, and probably no one does more for people than registered nurses. Nurses work long hours and odd schedules to ensure their patients are healthy and well taken care of. They look out for each other in many ways from covering a shift for a friend to working overtime, so a colleague can make their child’s extracurricular activities. The bonds they make are everlasting, so naturally they want to give back to their profession and fellow nurses. One of the best ways to do that is by sharing the years of experience with the next generation of nurses.

How are nurses helping?

Between patient injuries, the evolving flu, and rotating schedules, a nurse can develop a lot of experience in a short amount of time. As a nurse with plenty of experience, you have a lot to pass down to aspiring nurses. You can use your knowledge and history in the field to set a new wave of nurses on a path to success, allowing your legacy to spread beyond just you into the future of medicine.

When you were in nursing school, someone was there to pass down what he or she had gone through in their career. Whether it was an experience you wouldn’t typically receive from books, or simply a different way of thinking about what you learned, your instructor was an important as you establish your expectations. Now you have the opportunity to make that impression on another person’s career.

How do I get started?

A number of different nursing programs are available that will allow you to shape the future of nursing, but first you need to add to your own wealth of knowledge. A Nursing PhD is the best way to get started.

With a nursing PhD, you can gain the tools to become a leader among nurses. You’ll be able to use your experience in the field to teach other nurses or rise to a leadership position where you can guide others and help improve the entire nursing community. Southern Miss now offers a first-of-its-kind fully online Nursing PhD designed to keep you at your job while getting your degree. Go to our Nursing Leadership PhD page to learn how you can give back too!

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