Career Opportunities for Nursing Graduates

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Working as a Nurse can be a rewarding career especially if you are one with great communication and people skills. A degree in nursing can allow you to explore working in various environments with different people based on your interests or area of specialization.

Who Is A Nurse

Nurses play an important role in the well-being of patients right from when they come for regular check-ups until they need to carry out surgery if the need arises. Nurses offer both physical and emotional support to their patients, they pay close attention to the mental health of their patients and try to make their stay at the hospital a wonderful one.

Sometimes nurses might be required to create special care-plans when dealing with the elderly or infants. Their work schedule is based on shifts with the possibility of working on public holidays and festive seasons. Sometimes they may be posted to war-zones, rural areas, and places experiencing pandemics to assist with caring for the country’s population.

Although you can get a job as a clinical nurse with an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing, if you are looking to earn more you would be required to specialize in a particular area of medicine via masters of science in nursing. Some areas of Nursing where you can practice as a specialist includes;

  • Infection Control
  • Quality Control
  • Case Management
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Charge Nurse
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Development Specialist / Training & Development Specialist
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Relevant Skills For Nurses

People who work as nurses would interact with other human beings throughout their career, Because of this, you must take time in having these skills especially during the early years of your training for easy career navigation. They include

  • Ability to make people at ease
  • Knowing when to follow up with special needs patients
  • Communication Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to new environments
  • Teamwork
  • Organisational Skills
  • Multi-tasking skills

The Requirement To Study Nursing In Ghana

To become a nurse would mean that you have a science-related background that qualifies you for entry examinations at universities and schools of nursing. Having a WAEC certificate with credit and above in 6 subjects (both core and elective) is also a requirement for most schools in Ghana. But a degree in the following courses enables you to study nursing from 200 level  such courses include;

  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
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What Kind Of Job Can I Get With A Degree in Nursing?

Some of the areas you can work in as a nurse include but are not limited to the places specified below :

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Outpatient Settings
  • Physician Offices
  • Clinics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Government
  • Community Health
  • Elementary or High Schools
  • Universities
  • Correctional Healthcare Facilities

Some popular nursing careers include;

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Clinical Nurse specialist
  • Flight nurse
  • Midwifery
  • Neonatal intensive care nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Travel Nurse

Work Experience As A Nurse

Work experience as a nurse starts right from ward rotations during your undergraduate degree, you would also be required to undergo internships which could be from 6months to 1 year for a better understanding of the clinical practice and work ethics.

Getting a Licence and permit approved by the state or country where you are willing to practice is necessary as most states would not allow you to practice without a complete or appropriate license

Universities In Ghana Where You Can Study Nursing

To work  in ghana would require that you have a bachelors or masters degree in universities such as:

  • University of Ghana
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
  • The University of Health and Allied Sciences
  • Pentecost University College
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