Getting Involved in the Nursing Community

Getting Involved in the Nursing Community

Not sure if nursing is for you? Feeling disconnected in your day to day? Brad Bass of the nursing channel, Nurse Bass, shares his tips for how to get involved in the nursing community. Learn about the merits of volunteering in hospitals, networking during clinicals, and engaging in the online nursing community!

Getting Involved in the Nursing Community

Not sure if nursing is for you? Feeling disconnected in your day to day? Brad Bass of the nursing channel, Nurse Bass, shares his tips for how to get involved in the nursing community. Learn about the merits of volunteering in hospitals, networking during clinicals, and engaging in the online nursing community!

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    What’s going on guys? This is your boy, Brad. I’m from the YouTube channel Nurse Bass. And I am here in a collaborative effort with Nursing.org to tell you guys several different ways in which you can get involved in this wonderful and ever-growing nursing community of ours.

    Before I dive into it, let me give you a little bit of background about myself. I’m currently a nursing student, in my third semester, senior year. About to complete my associate’s degree in nursing and then I plan to continue on to get my bachelor’s. I’m also currently a working certified nursing assistant. And I started my YouTube channel as a way to kind of document my journey in nursing school. But it really became something much more than that now, where nurses and nursing students alike come to get motivation and educational materials. So that’s what I’m trying to do. Just help you guys succeed.

    I think it’s really important and invaluable to get involved in the nursing community, if you aren’t or if you already are in the nursing community, either way that you go. For instance, I get the question all the time from potential nursing students, how do I know if nursing is right for me? How do you really know what the job entails? Or if you’ve been a nurse, you’ve been a veteran nurse for a while, maybe it’s like, it’s the same old routine. I’m sort of disinterested. I’m no longer engaged in it. How do you find new ways to keep nursing exciting?

    For those of you out there who are considering going into nursing school, you’re pre-nursing. You could be in high school. I get messages from high schoolers all the time. Or you could simply be somebody who’s had an established career, but you’re thinking about making a career change. How do you get involved in the nursing community? How do you really know what the work entails? One great way is to get involved in volunteer work. Volunteer at the hospital. Even if it’s just patient transport. Get in there, in the environment, and see what nurses do. Just be observant. That’s a great way. I highly recommend volunteer work. Great way to get your foot in the door, begin networking, and get that great experience as to what the job entails.

    If you’re a nursing student, you’re already on the grind. You’re in school, working towards your degree, working towards that license. How can you get more involved? One thing that I really highly recommend doing, whenever you’re doing your rotations on the various clinical floors and you come across a clinical floor that you really enjoy, really take all that experience that you’re getting and begin to network with the assistant director or the director or even the nurses and CNAs on the floor. Show your hard work through action. And it’s a beautiful way to network and set yourself up for greater opportunities in the future.

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    And for the registered nurses out there, those of you who have already been doing the grind, you’ve been doing the job, you’ve been there done that, how can you look at opportunities outside of work, outside of the work environment, to continue to grow, to not remain complacent? There’s always tons of events, conferences, expos, additional learning opportunities that you can do to continue to grow yourself into maybe more specialty work.

    Constantly seeking opportunities to grow and advance yourself in your career is really what I feel is the key to success. You could even make YouTube videos, I mean, in all seriousness. You would be surprised what your valuable experience that you’ve gained, how it could help another person. So I mean, the world of social media, as far as nursing is concerned, is vast, and, again, it’s ever-growing. And it is really what I feel like the nursing community is shifting toward.

    So I just highly suggest you guys try to get involved in the nursing community in any way that you can, whether you are pre-nursing, whether you are a nursing student, or whether you have been there, done that, and you are a full-fledged registered nurse.

    Again, it’s Brad from the YouTube channel Nurse Bass. I highly suggest you go subscribe. And subscribe to Nursing.org here on YouTube also. They’re putting together a lot of good content. It’s going to be coming to you guys in the future. And head on over to their website also, Nursing.org. They’ve got a lot of great things going on. And they’re on the ground floor of building something greater for nurses and nursing students alike.

    This is Nurse Bass, soon to be. Peace.

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