Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 27, 2019 (SKNIS): A career in nursing has much more to offer than the traditional role of a bedside caregiver – nursing offers several areas of specialization.
On Wednesday’s edition (September 25) of the radio and television programme Working for You, President of the Retired Energetic Nurses Touching All Lives (RENTAL) association, Mary Liburd, noted that nurses fulfil many roles.
“In nursing, you can be [a] nurse anaesthetists, a nurse practitioner, you can be in the paediatric ward, you can do ER (Emergency Room), and psychiatric care,” President Liburd stated, listing several available speciality roles.
She added that other roles are available, particularly to men, which can contribute to a rewarding and productive career choice. RENTAL is on a drive to recruit more men to fill the position of nurses.
Retired Nurse Liburd and her team are hosting a conference from October 24 to 26, 2019, to help raise the awareness of job options in the nursing field and to recruit men to fill some of those positions. The event will be held at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI).
Secondary school students are expected to be among the participants. Each high school was invited to send five students to participate in the conference. Three of the five students should be males.
At the end of the two and a half-day conference, President Liburd and her team expect to see an enhanced positive attitude towards men entering the field of nursing; patients and the public in general, appreciating the work done by male nurses, and a change in the stigma that men who choose a career in nursing are settling for a job as opposed to becoming a doctor.