Nursing is an art and science as it merges the heart and mind with fundamentals based on respect for human dignity and an intuition for patient’s needs and provides care for the sick based on scientific principles and rigorous training.
Nurses have a vital role in healthcare as they build relationships with their patients and caregivers to ensure improved quality care plan and patient satisfaction. They have also taken on new and expanded roles in health care utilizing their skills to practice specialties.
One such specialty is nephrology nursing which deals with care for patients with or at risk for kidney disease. Kidney diseases, especially End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), are already the 9th leading cause of death among Filipinos and has increased “alarmingly among children and young adults.” More than 7,000 cases of kidney failure are recorded every year and 10,000 new dialysis patients require hemodialysis treatment or replacement of kidney function annually.*
Why you should consider being a nurse?
- Help others in a big way. You always love to give a helping hand. The nursing profession will allow your caring nature to shine through and make an impact in other people’s lives and even get paid doing so.
- It’s a stable high-paying job. Entry-level nursing jobs can expect to earn an annual salary of Php182,000 while nurse practitioners with specialties can expect as much as Php850,000 here in the Philippines. But demand will grow, according to the U.S. Department of Labor jobs for registered nurses (RNs) growth will be faster than the average (16%) between 2014 to 2024.
- Work anywhere around the world. It’s one of the most in-demand profession around the world. It’s an opportunity to travel and live out your dreams.
- Work flexible hours. Nurses have the option working different shifts. So, if you’re not a morning person, you can be a night nurse. You can enjoy being with family in the day and work at night or work four times a week.|
- Every day is full of surprises. Every work day is not like the other. From the E.R to the patients’ ward, nurses are up on their feet taking vital signs, assisting doctors and patients, to ushering new life into the world.
Career Path and Salary
Source: Workopolis.com, clinicalresearchfastrack.com, ziprecruiter.com, nightingale.edu, https://businessmirror.com.ph/kidney-problems-on-the-rise/