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The Seeds Of Nursing Should Be Planted Within The Heads, Hearts And Minds Of Youth Essay

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Action Steps The seeds of nursing must be planted in the heads, hearts and minds of youth. Seeing one’s self as a nurse, or a reflection of who you are in a nurse role, is important as children develop ideas about what they want to be when they grow up. To impact the rural nursing shortage long term, more young people must consider a career in nursing, especially those from rural settings. In order to influence those decisions, children must see themselves as nurses, which means men, women, Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and other ethnic backgrounds. Marketing will play a vital role in messaging that incorporates diversity in all local and regional marketing for every campaign. Electronic messaging holds even more significance, as every generation going forward will be more tech savvy and see fewer barriers between ages, races, and preferences (Pew Research Center, 2010). Using local employees from diverse backgrounds in these campaigns emphasizes the facility’s commitment to maintain and enhance diversity, but also provides the right imagery to youngsters considering health care, nursing specifically, as a career. Recruitment begins with grade school interactions with nursing personnel during field trips, hospital tours, Harvest of the Month partnerships, career day presentations and camps like those offered by HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals) and other partners. The administrative team and human resources will begin conversations with the
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