Becoming a Professional Nurse: Challenges and Barriers

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A nursing career is widely adopted by millions of young people throughout the world. Despite it presenting a rewarding sphere, the healthcare sector reveals a vast number of challenges that have to be overtaken by nursing students.

Three significant barriers engraved my attempts to become a professional nurse. These are a language barrier, lack of theoretical knowledge, and patients’ reluctance to be assisted. Since care providing implies delivering verbal instructions, it is a challenging profession for the students, who are taught in a foreign language. Moreover, it is hard to perceive the patients’ needs if there is cultural diversity between a client and a nurse. A knowledge gap is substantial in nursing as well. Though some experts state that experience comes from natural compassion and practice, I conclude that a worker, who strives to become an expert in the sphere, has to master a solid amount of theory. For instance, in my practice, I had no chance to carry out any laboratory tests since I was not well-acquainted with the analysis types and procedures. Finally, many patients adopt a hostile attitude towards nurses. According to Clarin (2007), such disrespect is undertaken for the caregivers. Nevertheless, all the barriers were successfully overtaken by me through language learning, theory mastering, and psychological training.

Delivering professional care to the patients is a noble and rewarding activity, which benefits not only society but a worker, who knows that his job is valued, as well. Due to my personal preferences, I can outline three primary reasons that stimulated my desire to become a nurse. First, nurses have a chance to master numerous practices since they interact with the whole medical staff. Second, the occupation predetermines career advancements and supports life-long learning. Finally, nursing provides immeasurable personal satisfaction since caregivers make significant changes in patients’ lives.

The modern sphere of medicine primarily targets the development of innovative treatment methods, drugs, and vaccines. A pursuit of illness combating is a rewarding activity, which should be embraced not only by doctors and scientists but by the people who provide daily care as well. Nevertheless, the tendency often leads to a disregard of preventive health care services since the major financial resources are directed at treatment.

The value of primary care accounts for the initial eradication of disease factors that can cause actual illnesses in the future (Porter, 2010). That is why it is crucial to invest in the sector of preventive services since it can preclude the progress of multiple diseases. Instead, the current policies are aimed at curative methods development. For instance, 96% of Medicare budget allocations focus on chronic illnesses treatment. Still, approximately 130 million U.S. citizens suffer from cancer and diabetes annually (The value of prevention, 2007). Therefore, the renovated medical care regulations have to provide an equal distribution of costs between preventive and illness services since it does not only avert diseases but save the costs significantly.

There are two types of preventive health care services that should share responsibilities. These are the clinical and community services. The first type accounts for such methods as immunization and individual consultancies and the second one target separate communities, which are threatened by certain diseases. Thus, it is offered to support both types of preventive services, for maintaining efficient health quality standards.


Clarin, O. (2007). Strategies to overcome barriers to effective nurse practitioner and physician collaboration. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 3(8), 538-548.

Porter, D. (2010). What is value in health care? The New England Journal of Medicine, 36(3), 2477-2481.

The value of prevention. (2007). Web.

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