Typical challenges for a first-year nursing student

It is a known fact that there exists a severe shortage of qualified nurses in the healthcare industry. With the increase in baby boomers, expansion of the field of medical technology and also rise in the life expectancy among the world population, the demand for nurses is bound to increase further in the coming decades as well.

However, increasing the turnover of the graduates from the nursing colleges is not the ideal solution for overcoming the shortage of nurses. Because, apart from the academic qualification, much more is needed from the nursing student to make it to the profession of nursing. The compassion, the mental strength, and the dedication to help patients recover from the disease is of prime importance for a nurse to stay in the nursing profession. Apart from academic and practical training of the profession, the nurses are exposed to difficult and demanding challenges to test their grit, motivation and determination and ensure that they can be suitable to handle the challenges of the nursing profession.

It is in this context, the first year of your nursing education can be very tough and challenging. It is in this period that you, as a first year student, is molded and prepared to face the challenging profession.

The students, in the first year, will be exposed to a mixture of academic knowledge and practical training in the field of nursing. You will also get an opportunity to visit a few hospitals to get a feel about the actual work environment and what, as a nurse, would be expected of on a daily basis.

The subjects that will be taught in the two semesters of the first year will be :

• Fundamentals of nursing
• Pharmacology
• General psychology
• Introduction to sociology
• Anatomy and Physiology – I
• Anatomy and Physiology – II
• Mental health nursing, and
• Medical surgical nursing – I.

These subjects will be taught to you that will help you prepare yourself mentally and academically to face the challenges of nursing and gain proficiency to get qualified as a nurse.

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