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Aderinola Bunmi
Science Laboratory Technology
Aspirant, Nigeria.

Choosing to become a nurse is not only about having a rewarding career. Most of the time, the job entails caring for patients and doing your best to help improve their lives. While you could eventually get swept up by daily routines, it is also essential to begin prioritizing your career and how you can move forward and maximize your potential.

Since education brought you this far, continuing education will also be your ticket to more opportunities in the field of nursing. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry will grow by 18% until 2026. This is excellent news because it means that there will be more jobs available for nurses.

Career flexibility through education
The field of nursing opens doors to a variety of professionals with different educational backgrounds. If you are looking for continuing education, there are also several paths you can take. For example, you can begin by earning a certificate in skills such as nurse leadership, similar to what is offered on this website. A certificate program can be your entry point in determining which direction you wish to take in your career.

Another approach is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing. What’s great about furthering your education is that most institutions offer the option of online or in-person programs where you can choose which fits best with your current work and family life.

In choosing a course or educational program, it is also essential that you determine whether it has the right accreditation. You also need to look carefully at the curriculum to ensure that you earn knowledge and skills in subjects that are relevant to your intended career path.

What are the benefits of continuing education for nurses?
There are some nurses that indeed succeed in their careers with only a bachelor’s degree. But, if you want to increase your chances of pursuing other opportunities, continuing education is an excellent starting point. Some of the benefits are:

• Higher pay
Getting a master’s degree and completing certificate programs will qualify you for better pay.

• Advancing your professional career
There is no doubt that doors will open after you pursue continuing education. Some medical centers also require practicing nurses to further their knowledge and skills in a specific area. If you are also eyeing a leadership position, you will have better chances of getting promoted if you have the right credentials.

• Flexibility in choosing a career path
If you are looking to get promoted, continuing education will provide you with more flexibility in pursuing a satisfying career path in the healthcare industry. For example, there are courses tailored for nurses who eventually want to become educators themselves. Whatever you envision for your future, the best approach is to acquire the skills and education to qualify.

The healthcare industry is a vast field. For nurses, there are many jobs and career paths available. If you want to take your career to the next level, the first step is furthering your educational qualifications.

Source: NurseBuff

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