America is facing a nursing shortage that is threatening the quality of health care for patients. A major factor in the problem is a nationwide shortage of faculty in nursing school programs.Although the number of students applying to undergraduate nursing programs is rising, many are being turned away. With insufficient faculty, the rate of these qualified applicants being denied access into nursing programs is nearly twice as high as those being accepted.The nursing faculty shortage limits student capacity at a time when the health care system demands more. According to a Vanderbilt School of Nursing study, the nursing shortage is expected to approach more than 800,000 positions by 2020.Recognizing the nursing shortage crisis and the need for more nurse educators, hospitals and universities are relying on help from unconventional sources including corporations like Johnson & Johnson, which launched a campaign to strengthen the nursing work force by enhancing the image of the profession, recruiting new nurses and faculty, and retaining nurses currently in the profession."Too many qualified nursing school applicants are being turned away due to lack of faculty," said Andrea Higham, director of The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future. "The numbers are staggering. The nursing profession needs assistance in recruiting educators, who will train and prepare new nurses, all in hopes of beginning to address the nursing shortage crisis."To help raise funds for nursing school grants, scholarships and faculty fellowships, the campaign sponsors Promise of Nursing galas, which have raised more than $7 million. By supporting graduate nursing programs, the Campaign is helping to supply teachers and mentors to prepare the next generation of nurses.The health and future well-being of the nation depends on nurses, so the faculty shortage must be a priority for health care officials, state and federal government, and citizens, Higham said. - NU
I initially chose my career in nursing for financial reasons. One of my friends had become a registered nurse and was making a very comfortable living. When we would get together, I would often ask her questions about the time commitment involved with becoming an RN and what she liked and disliked about the job. Being a close friend, she tried her best to paint an accurate picture for me of what her daily work was all about and certainly didn't sugarcoat her position. While I was interested in what she had to say, I was much more interested in finding a way to quickly raise my earning potential. I enrolled in a nursing program and worked part time while I went to school. After graduation, I was able to get a job at a senior care facility. I was already prepared for the worst I might encounter and was looking forward to getting my first paycheck. My first paycheck came and went, and while I was happy to be earning a high hourly wage, my focal point had shifted. You see, for the first time in my working life, I actually looked forward to going to work. It's not that I ever hated any particular previous job so much that I dreaded coming in, but more that I always viewed work as a necessary evil. Nursing changed that for me. Everyday, I get to help people. I comfort them when they need to be comforted. I listen when they need someone to talk to. I have a very busy schedule, and not everything I do is rewarding or even pleasant, but there are aspects of this job that make me feel like I am really making a difference to someone. Three months after I started my job, one of our patients unexpectedly passed away. When his family came for the wake and funeral, they made a point to stop by the facility and thank me. Apparently, this man had told them several times of how kind I was to him and how much he appreciated it. Hearing this made me cry, but it also made me happy that my efforts were appreciated.It's now been a few years since I first graduated from the nursing program. I'm going to earn an online bachelor's of science in nursing while I continue at my job. My hope is to eventually become head nurse, although I want to avoid moving into an administrative position. I like spending my workday caring for patients. The feeling I get from my job is worth more than any paycheck could ever be.
After youve created all your self-marketing documents and verbal presentations, youre ready to take your job search to the street and begin networking. The goal is to contact people who can help you reach the hiring managers inside your target companies. Networking can be done on the phone, in person, via e-mail or even snail mail.Ford Myers, M.Ed., president of Career Potential, a Haverford, PA-based career consulting firm and developer of the New Year, New Career Power Plan to Achieving Career Success in 2006 states, Networking is a lot simpler and less scary than many people think. You do not need to be a good schmoozer to network effectively. In fact, the best networkers are often great listeners, as opposed to great talkers.And no matter what, dont ever let-up on your networking efforts. Ninety-five percent of my clients land great jobs through their networks. Its not worth risking those odds to NOT be continually networking! Remember: If youre in career transition, networking IS your job. It should be the primary focus of everything you do. The quantity and quality of your networking time is directly related to the personal, professional, and financial satisfaction youll have in your next job.Who should be on your contact list? Who should you be reaching out to? The answer is: everyone you know. Everyone? Yes, everyone! Every single person alive who knows your name should be on your contact list! (The only exception is people who clearly dont like you)! It doesnt matter what these contacts do for a living, or where they live, or how much power or money they have. The key is not to pre-judge people or make assumptions about who can and cannot help you. After guiding thousands of clients through the networking process, I have learned that most new jobs are secured through people who were least expected to be of help!Lets de-mystify the networking process, so it wont seem overwhelming or confusing to you any longer. What follows is a highly-structured and purposeful approach that consistently produces excellent results! Using your Contact List to focus on the specific people to contact, here are the basic steps youll need to follow:1. Build Rapport. State, I was referred by (give name of mutual friend/colleague), or I was referred by our mutual colleague/friend (give name), who suggested that . (Find some area of common interest to discuss). Im contacting you about a career matter, but let me assure you that I am not calling to ask you for a job nor do I expect you to even know of any job openings. Let me start by telling you a bit about myself and my professional background....2. State where youve been by using a Positioning Statement. This is a succinct, pre-prepared verbal statement that explains who you are professionally. Example: I am a senior Financial and Operations Professional and graduate of Western Generals Financial Management Program. I have more than 15 years of experience in the Manufacturing and Services industries. My strengths include analysis, problem-solving, communication and innovation. I have specific expertise in Financial Analysis and Reporting, Cash and Risk Management, and Productivity Analysis. I am seeking a leadership position with a focus on Financial Reporting.3. Share what happened with an Exit Statement. This is a concise explanation of why youre no longer at your previous position, or why youre interested in leaving your current employer. Example: As a result of a merger between two business units, over 1,500 positions have been affected, including mine. I now have the opportunity to explore other career options in Financial Services that will leverage my proven strengths in analysis, problem-solving, communication and innovation. The Exit Statement must be expressed in positive terms, so there will be no suspicion that you did something wrong to lose your job.4. Ask for help. Would you be willing to help me?5. Decompress take the pressure off reassure your contact again that you are not asking for a job. Reiterate, As I said, I am not asking you for a job, nor do I expect you to know of any appropriate positions. However, I am interested any advice or guidance that you could offer, in addition to any networking contacts you could provide. (Give name of mutual friend/colleague) told me that youd be a great person to talk to for this purpose. Would you be willing to review some of my credentials, and give me candid feedback? I could send the materials right over.6. Ask again for help, i.e., expanding contact network, guidance, advice, feedback. Leverage the notion of six degrees of separation ask for contacts from your contacts! And always come from generosity. This means you should be on the lookout for opportunities to offer something of value in return.7. Share your main documents, and set a time to get back to them. State, Ill e-mail (or fax) a one-page Professional Biography and list of Target Companies to you. Then Id like to follow-up and have another conversation when would be better for you, Wednesday afternoon or Friday morning? I know your input will be of great value, and I appreciate your willingness to help. Follow-up after your networking meeting and keep the conversation going with two-way value exchange. Note: if the contact is a center of influence, try to have your follow-up discussion face-to-face instead of on the phone, unless the contact is outside your geographic region.Its a smart career move to always be networking, no matter whats going on for you professionally. If you dont need help at this time, build-up your networking power by helping others. In general, people will want to help you. It makes them feel good about themselves. It boosts their self-esteem to be considered a connector of people with opportunities and information, and it makes them feel important. Networking is a great investment in your future, and over the long-term, it always pays big dividends!------------------------Permission to Reprint: This article may be reprinted, provided it appears in its entirety with the following attribution: Copyright 2006, Ford R. Myers and Career Potential, LLC.------------------------
As they say, the greatest way to a mans heart is through his stomach. Is it any wonder why most women painstakingly toil and learn the art of cooking? Hence, most people who know how to cook would normally teach the others who do not know. They started having some sessions with every dish being taught every time the supposed to be teacher to his or her supposed to be student. As the time went by, this kind of teaching the others how to cook had been an invigorating activity. And so, gradually cooking schools were built, maybe with those who first taught cooking.I. Culinary Schools - A Brief RundownSince its inception and practice, cooking schools had continuously provided their students, first, with the basics of cooking. Thereafter, they advanced to the next level until their students had the confidence to progress their learning on their own. The first sessions of classes in cooking schools before are not as organized as it is today. Nevertheless, the growth of the cooking schools can be traced back to the very first informal session they had before. Since then, cooking schools gradually develop into a more organized way of teaching somebody how to cook. II. ChoicesThe problem is too many cooking schools. As a potential student, of course you will want to attend the very best learning institution that you can. 1. Is it accredited?In most instances, it always takes a certificate in order to prove one's worth to an employer. In this case, a good cooking school should be accredited, and not just by so-and-so company but a valid accrediting agency. From its accreditation, you can now tell its length of service in the business. So those who have been in the business for at least 6 years are good enough, right?2. Do you need a job right away after your training?If so, then its best to choose cooking schools that can give you career advancement right after your training. Good cooking schools require their students to have on-the-job-training within restaurants and hotels. In turn, it will be good exposure for you especially if you want to work for them in the future.3. Are you particular with the student-teacher ratio?If so, then choose a cooking school that offers at least a maximum of 15 students per instructor. This is to facilitate ease of teaching and improve better comprehension among the students. A smaller class size is better especially if the session includes mostly of a one-on-one approach.4. Do you have a tight budget?Normally, good cooking schools cost a lot more than the typical cooking schools. So, if you are really determined to start your cooking lessons, its a must that you have the budget for it. Otherwise, you might just end up with a cheap one but cannot give you the right techniques as far as cooking is concerned.5. You need a good instructor for a good cooking school, right?That is, if you really want to know how to cook effectively and professionally. So, its best that you check on the background of the instructors in the cooking school that you chose to enrol with. Find some helpful information if they are good enough teach you the art of cooking.6. ProximityCan you endure a long ride going to the cooking school? If not, then its best that you choose a good cooking school that is located within your locality. This will give you a shorter time for commuting.7. Is it private or a public?If you go for public cooking schools, you might save a hefty amount of money because they are cost cheaper than the private ones. But then again, the quality of the school facilities and instruction may suffer because the government may not have allotted a budget for the school.
If you are looking to move from one location to another there are many, many things to consider. Perhaps there are too many details to think about. You are probably trying to think about places you want to be, what kind of house you want to live in, what kinds of jobs are available, and what kinds of activities and clubs there are to spend time doing away from work. These are all important things to consider before you commit to a move. However, one vital thing you may not have thought about in this process is climate.It may sounds simple, but you will enjoy your new location much more if it is in a climate that you can handle and enjoy. Even the best home and job will not be as great if they are located in a climate that you do not like. Thinking about ideal climate is something most people never consider.So, what kind of climate would be perfect for you and your family? Are there certains climates that you should avoid as you make a move? If you are unsure of how to answer these questions, try instead to answer these more basic questions first. What kind of weather do you most enjoy spending time in? Is it important to you to find a climate that allows you to be outside everyday? Do you enjoy a climate that includes all four seasons or do you prefer a more consistent climate?Answering questions like these about climate will help to narrow down the range of possible places that will fit your job and recreation goals. Crossing off possible locations based on climate saves you time and energy from searching out jobs and homes in areas that you will not enjoy living in.If you have been offered a specific job in a location that has a climate you are unsure about, think about all of the activities you can do in that climate. Are you headed to a place with five months of heavy snow and you are unsure of how you will like it? Check out your options in that location. Maybe there will be a snowboarding class you can take or a group of ice fishermen that you can join. Warmer climates will offer plenty of ways to explore the outdoors.Regardless of what climate you are moving to, you can make the best of it by looking for fun ways to make the most of the area. Enjoying the possibilities that climate allows will make your search for the perfect location to settle in much easier.