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Why Nursing?

Posted: April 7, 2022 — As a former graduate of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) nursing program, I can attest that nursing was the right career path for me. The quality education I received from FM helped to build the strong foundation for my nursing career. Are you thinking about becoming a Registered Nurse? If so, let me share some reasons why starting a nursing career path at FMCC may be for you.

Nursing is an impactful, challenging, yet rewarding career that involves working with others to improve their quality of life, and their health and wellbeing. According to the 2019 Medscape Nurse Career Satisfaction Report, two of the most rewarding aspects of the job nurses reported were helping people and making a difference in people’s lives and secondly, the gratitude and relationships they built with patients.

Nursing can be exciting, stressful, meaningful and heart wrenching at times, however it is one of the most gratifying fields you can pursue. Nursing has a very diverse career path that offers many different areas of job opportunities that may interest you. Continuing your education in nursing will provide many more opportunities if you want to advance your career path. Some examples of more advanced practice nursing career opportunities include Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), Nursing Informatics Specialist, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Administration.

FMCC offers a reputable, affordable, quality program with experienced, supportive, and dedicated nursing faculty. The Nursing faculty strive to help every student reach his/her full potential.

FMCC’s Nursing Program graduated its first class in 1970. Since its inception, the program has been an integral part of the college and the community. FMCC’s nursing program is also nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for the Education in Nursing (ACEN). FMCC’s nursing program graduates often transfer to an RN to BS program which is facilitated through several articulation agreements with four-year institutions.

Reflect on the following questions:

  1. Do you want to work with people?
  2. Do you want job security and a comfortable salary?
  3. Are you seeking an exciting & fast paced career?
  4. Do you want opportunities for growth and higher earning potentials?
  5. Do you have a passion for science, medicine, & patient care?
  6. Do you want a respected and valued career?
  7. Do you want career flexibility and mobility in terms of hours and workplace?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a career in nursing might be for you. The COVID-19 pandemic and increasing numbers of patients with chronic health conditions have facilitated a greater need for compassionate, well-trained nurses within our community. FMCC can provide you with a solid foundation for your nursing career path. Contact FMCC’s admissions department for more information on the application process for the nursing program.

Lynne Illsley is a 1986 alumni of FM’s Nursing program. After graduation, she worked many years as a Registered Nurse in local hospitals, a doctor’s office, an elementary school, and as a community nurse educator. She began at FM in 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing.

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