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Myths about nurses persist

Fact vs. Fiction

There are numerous myths pertaining to the field of nursing. Here are few worth debunking.

Myth: Nurses only work in hospitals.

Truth: Hospitals are the primary practice setting for 56.2 percent of all registered nurses, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health. But nurses can work just about anywhere, including schools, insurance companies, private practices and nursing homes.

Myth: Nurses assist doctors.

Truth: Nurses operate “independent of, not auxiliary to, medicine and other disciplines,” according to the American Association of Colleges for Nursing. Nurses don’t report to doctors. They report to other supervisory nurses.

Myth: All nurses have the same expertise.

Truth: The basics are taught in nursing schools, but many in the field choose departments in which to specialize during the course of their careers. Nurses also have the opportunity to earn advanced degrees to become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives or certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Myth: Men who can’t become doctors become nurses.

Truth: About 5.8 percent of the registered nursing population are men. And while every male nurse has his own reasons for venturing into the field, nurse Brian Wood at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center said nursing was his first choice. “If I wanted to be a doctor, I would have went to medical school,” he said. “I believe that being a nurse can broaden your future. It gives you a holistic aspect to the medical profession. And I have a passion for meeting people and being able to help them in times when it’s not too great for them.”