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Careers in Nursing

31 May 2013

Do you have an interest in caring for people and working in an interesting, rewarding and challenging environment? If the answer is yes, a career in nursing will be suitable for you.  Nurses work closely with doctors and are an integral part of the healthcare team with a wide variety of options in terms of schedules, locations and levels of responsibility. They care for the physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural well-being of patients from all ages and backgrounds. Roles have evolved over the years, from assisting doctors in the provision of healthcare services to collaborating with members of the healthcare team in providing and managing the care of patients, including health promotion and rehabilitation. They must be particularly adept at interacting with patients, putting them at ease and assisting them in their recovery and overall well-being. Career path for nursesNurses can work in a variety of health settings from accident and emergency to working in patients’ homes. Nurses can be employed as a practitioner, educator, researcher, specialist, consultant, administrator or manager and work in hospitals, clinics, medical centres, rehabilitation centres, government agencies, corporations and community health centres. Today’s nurses can also be found in child-care facilities, air-rescue services, industries, international agencies, schools and universities. Nurses can also specialise or get advanced training in a particular expertise. Whether it is working with infants or working in a fast-paced emergency room, there are a range of specialisations for nurses. These include medical-surgical nursing, coronary and critical care, midwifery, paediatrics, oncology, palliative care nursing, emergency and trauma, peri-operative nursing, eye, ear, nose and throat, psychiatry, community healthcare, gerontology, education and research, nursing management  and many others. With a high demand for nurses worldwide, nursing graduates would have an advantage in finding a job once they are registered with the Malaysian Nursing Board. Nurses registered with the Malaysian Nursing Board are recognised in other countries, providing them with international employment opportunities. Graduate nurses are highly sought after by employers locally and globally (North America, Middle East, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand). It is highly unlikely for good nurses to be unemployed because the profession is so versatile and is a service to society. In order to become a nurse, you must undergo a nursing education training which will equip you with the necessary nursing knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective client care upon graduation. This is one of the programmes offered at the International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university founded 21 years ago.

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