25 Reasons to Choose a Career in Nursing

by Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN, NurseJournal.org   

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With the projected impending shortage of nurses, nursing remains a popular career choice. Nurses have different motivations for choosing their career, but most of them state it is their desire to help others. Besides caring for others, here are 25 reasons to choose a career in nursing.

1. Nurses work in a variety of work settings. Nurse work settings seem almost endless. For example, you could be off weekends, holidays, and summers if you worked as a school nurse. Or, work at a research facility as a nurse researcher. Also, nurses can work from home. One common work from home job is nurse coaching for an insurance company.

2. Nurses wear scrubs to work. Seriously, the awesomeness of wearing pajamas to work does not need an explanation.

3. Experienced nurses rarely have trouble finding job. In most geographical areas of the U.S., nurses with a couple of years of experience can easily find a job.

4. Nurses have the opportunity to travel the world. Travel nursing is the ultimate opportunity for nurses who love to travel. Very few professions allow you to travel and choose your own destination every 13 weeks.

5. Nurses can be entrepreneurs. Nurses have a unique variety of skills and knowledge that can be used in business. For example, nurse inventors can develop and patent medical devices.

6. Nurse can specialize in their area of interest. There are so many nursing specialties that nurses can focus on what they love to do. For example, if a nurse discovers that taking care of adults is not personally fulfilling, then they can switch jobs and become a pediatric nurse.

7. Nurses are the most trusted profession. Is there a greater honor bestowed upon a profession than being the most trusted?

8. Nurses have the opportunity to witness the beginning of life. Nothing compares to being present and witnessing the miracle of birth. Labor and delivery nurses have the joy of experiencing this on a daily basis.

9. Nursing can be an adrenaline rush. Admittedly, some areas are more exciting than others. But, if you are the type to get bored quickly, nursing may be the profession for you.

10. Nurses have the option of working different shifts. Not a morning person? No problem, because night nurses are always needed.

11. Nurses can work 3 days a week. What other profession offers a work schedule that allows you to be off 4 days a week and still be considered a full time employee?

12. Nurses have earning power. Nurses that have obtained their nurse practitioner degree can possibly double their income after a few years of experience as an advanced practice nurse in rural areas.

13. Nurses are educators. A nurse not only performs nursing duties but teaches others how to care for their own health.

14. Nurses may have the opportunity to have their student loans paid or forgiven. The US Department of Health and Human Services has federal loan repayment programs for qualifying nurses that are awarded.

15. Nurses have the opportunity to get to know their patients. Long term care in residential areas are great jobs for nurses who want the opportunity to make a difference in their patient’s lives.

16. Nurses belong to an instant community. Whether it is networking in real life or online, nurses tend to stick together with other nurses.

17. Nurses have the opportunity to work as a team and support each other. If you love to work in a team atmosphere, nursing could definitely be for you. Healthcare teams save lives.

18. Nurses can give back to the community in their job and in their volunteer work. Nurses are needed all over the world as part of medical volunteers. Nurses volunteer at local community health fairs to the far reaches of the world. Nursing is a great way to see the world and save it.

19. Nurses with the appropriate level of education can be commissioned in the US Armed Forces. For people interested in seeking commission instead of enlisting for a US Armed Forces career, this a great perk.

20. Nursing jobs usually have great benefits. In an economy when many jobs are scaling back their employee’s benefits packages, nursing job benefits are above average.

21. Nurses make great pay. While all service professionals deserve a raise, nursing pay is still a cut above other average job salaries.

22. Nurses can switch jobs quickly and easily compared to many other professions. Being certified in your nursing specialty may help highlight your competency when switching hospital jobs.

23. Nurses can complete their training in two years. It is possible to become a Registered Nurse (RN) in two years and make the same as a four year RN.

24. Nurses know which specialist and surgeons to use themselves. They are privy to much of the inside information that the general public is unaware of.

25. Nurses are remembered. Unfortunately, nurses do not remember all of their patients they care for, but the patients will remember their nurse decades later.

Are you considering nursing as a career? What inspires you? Leave your comments below.



About the Author

Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN
Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN /

Erica RN, BSN, MSN's nursing clinical experience has been in neonatal intensive care (NICU) and Labor & Delivery. She currently works as a nurse educator and nurse writer. The academic mission of her website Self Employed Nurse is to teach nurses about Nurse Entrepreneurship while providing them with resources to help them pursue this specialty. In her writing business, she saves educators and businesses time while supporting their mission. Besides writing, her passion is social media. Network with Erica on Google + and Pinterest

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