Five Common Myths About Nurses
Did you know that nursing is one of the most heavily stereotyped professions in the world? Here at Job Medic we understand how nurses play a key role within the healthcare sector by providing vital care and helping save lives on a daily basis. Despite this, many people still hold opinions about the profession based on the misconceptions that continue to surround it. We’ve busted five of the most common nursing myths for you below, read on to discover the truth behind them.
All nurses are women
While it’s true that a significantly larger part of the nursing workforce is constructed of women, more and more men are now choosing to follow fulfilling careers as nurses too.
According to figures collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 11.6% of registered nurses in the UK are male. This figure is drastically low in ratio to the number of registered female nurses due to the misconception that being a nurse is solely a “woman’s job”. This outdated viewpoint is often what holds men back from pursuing nursing as a career, as society leads them to believe that becoming a nurse is a feminine occupation. This interpretation is also the root cause for people having an entirely negative perception of nursing as a career path.
Naturally we completely disagree with this idea. As specialists in healthcare recruitment, we’re proud to be able to encourage both men and women equally in taking the next steps to achieving their nursing career goals.
Nurses want to be doctors
We hear this misconception time and time again, that nurses are people who had no option but to study nursing as a second choice to attending medical school. This is of course undoubtedly wrong.
Where doctors are trained to diagnose and treat illness, nurses focus primarily on providing compassion and expert care to their patients. A successful nurse will have the ability to empathise with their patients in a way which differs from that of a doctor, they will also be extremely passionate about the work they do.
While there are a variety of motives which encourage people to choose nursing as a profession, we know that one of the key reasons is having the ability to make a difference in someone’s life and we see this in all of the nursing applications we receive every day.
Nurses are doctors’ assistants
Sadly, this inaccurate belief has become one of the most popular generalisations made about the nursing profession. There’s no doubt that the way in which nurses are shown to be subordinates to doctors on television and in movies influences how people view nurses in real life.
While they may occasionally lend a helping hand to doctors and other healthcare professionals, the majority of work that nurses do is completely independent and equally as vital to patient care. They look after their own allocated patients and are in charge of patient advocacy and education, meaning that it will normally be a nurse, not a doctor, who will make sure a patient knows how to care for themself after leaving a medical facility.
In reality nurses don’t report to doctors or healthcare professionals at all, but instead to other nurses who work in supervisory positions. This is why the presumption that they work to assist doctors is completely wrong!
All nurses are the same
This belief couldn’t be any further from the truth if it tried. It’s common knowledge that doctors specialise in different fields of medicine, but many people are still unaware that nurses also have the ability to do the same.
Differences in nursing begin initially with education. An associate’s degree is the entry-level qualification needed in order to become a registered nurse, but after completing this, many nurses choose to go on to study and complete bachelor’s, master’s and even doctorate degrees.
Beyond education, nurses will also choose to focus on specialty areas in their field such as cardiovascular, paediatrics, radiology, emergency and intensive care to name a few. Every nurse possesses an individual set of skills which allows them to carry out specific roles across the healthcare industry. It’s clear from this that nursing is certainly not a homogeneous field and it’s high time we stop viewing all nurses as the same.
As expert recruiters for nursing, we can confidently confirm that there is a high demand for specialist nurses in the current job market. We recruit for a wide variety of positions across all fields of nursing and this is why we strongly believe that becoming a speciality nurse is a great way to have a very diverse and rewarding career!
Nursing is an easy job, anyone can do it
Nursing is by no means easy. Ask any nurse about a typical day at work and we’re sure they’ll have a lot to tell you about the difficulties and stress they face in their job role. It’s a very common misjudgement that nurses are simply employed to carry out basic duties, we know that they do so much more than that!
Nursing takes a toll on a person both emotionally and physically. As well as being on their feet for the majority of the day with little time for breaks, nurses are also exposed to illness, chemicals and tough patient situations. They need to be passionate about caring for others, they need to have impeccable communication skills and most importantly, they need to have compassion and empathy for patients and a thick skin when having to deliver bad news to patient families. We’re sure this speaks for itself, but not everyone is capable of being able to do what nurses do on a day-to-day basis.
Nurses are an indispensable part of the healthcare world and it’s important for us to spread the word and help people recognise and understand the value and breadth of the work nurses do. Breaking stereotypes is just the first step, we still have a long way to go!
If you’d like to learn more about how Job Medic can help find you your next nursing role, or you’re an employer looking for expert nurses to join your team, contact us today.