7 Reasons why I became an R.N.

Why Nursing?

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”

-Florence Nightingale

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The profession of nursing has come a long way since the turn of the 19th century thanks to influential nurses like Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, and Dorothea Dix.

Roles have evolved, education has advanced, and professionalism has been rightly earned.  In this day and age, Nurses work harder than ever and wear as many hats as there are sick people to care for.

To be a nurse you can touch the lives of people.  We teach, heal, and support patients through their toughest struggles. Nurses have historically been one of the most trusted groups of professionals.  Nursing is truly rewarding.

Continue reading for 7 Reasons Why Nursing makes a Great Career!

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1.  Opportunity for Growth and Education:

Working in a hospital there is ample opportunity to learn.   Whether it's to become certified in a specialty or receiving competency in a specific skill, many hospitals will train and sometimes foot the bill for such advancements.

RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and similar programs are booming now with no shortage of programs, these degrees can be obtained either online or at a local university all while continuing your work schedule.  Many of them have been tailored to fit the needs of the working RN and make obtaining the degree of choice more attainable.

Hospitals will provide incentives for continued education, such as, tuition assistance or special scheduling around clinicals and classroom time.  In reality, your nursing career is only limited to your desire to pursue further growth or education. If you make a choice to continue your education, become specialized, or learn a new skill, you are making yourself more marketable.

Employers will see you as an asset which affords you opportunities for increased salary and overall job satisfaction.  Find out why I decided to go back to nursing school and read my post:  ASN--> BSN: Why I Decided to Go Back to Nursing School

2.  Competitive Pay and Shift Differentials:

Hospitals are open 24/7, weekends, and holidays. It goes without saying that the off-shifts can be difficult.  Your body is not meant to be awake and functioning at all hours of the night.  Thanks to shift differentials many nurses choose to brave evening/night/weekend/holiday shift work for the increase in pay.

Working  the off-shifts, depending on your hospital policies, you can make an extra 50-300 dollars a week! That totals up to $1200 dollars a month, or $14,400.00 a year! For many RN’s this increase in pay helps pay for day care costs, mortgages, or car payments.  Be careful though, many of us who have been working the off-shifts for years find it hard to switch back to day shift because it typically means a decrease in pay.

Of course your quality of life is paramount and should always be considered before one decides to take on off-shift work.

3.  Rewarding and Fulfilling

The healthcare field is full of great jobs that seek out caring individuals who want to make a difference in peoples' lives.  There are nurses that go above and beyond their job roles to promote patient care initiatives, encourage patient overall safety and wellbeing, and educate other RN’s to do the same.

The autonomy to promote positive change is overall rewarding and fulfilling in a career with unlimited potential for satisfaction.  Click here to read more about how to make a difference in patient's life by being an empathetic caregiver.

4.  Flexibility of Schedules and Shifts: 

Fifteen years ago I was fresh out of high school, I had a child with my husband with another one on the way.  I needed a job where I could have a flexible schedule, but also be able to have good earning potential.

I narrowed my choices down to real estate or nursing. True story, I’m a terrible salesperson and in the end I knew I would sink in real estate!  I eventually chose nursing largely in part due to the schedule flexibility.

Being a nurse has given me good balance between work and home life. I have worked all shifts, I have blocked my days, I have spaced my days, I have made endless schedule switches with my coworkers to fine tune the schedule that works for me and my family.

My life is always changing as a mom, now my kids are more grown and in middle school and high school and I don’t have to worry about the same things I had to worry about when they were little.

Life changes, and so do your needs, I have always appreciated being able to change my hours, shifts, and schedule around to meet those ever changing needs of a working Mom.

5.  Diversity of Specialties: 

Ample nursing specializations are available to registered nurses. Pediatrics, oncology, IV therapy, maternity, cardiology, and transplant to name just a few. You may have a passion for one and couldn't imagine seeing yourself working in another.

I have heard people say, “I could never do labor and delivery” or “I could never read heart rhythms all day” and that is OK!  If one thing doesn’t appeal to you, move to the next. Worst case scenario you will learn about different specialties and become a well rounded nurse, best case scenario you will find your dream job taking care of patients in a field you are passionate about.

I started out in Orthopedics and Med/Surg and knew I wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. I finally made the transfer from Ortho to L&D in the fall of 2010 and it was the best move I have made yet in my nursing career!

6.  Your Nurse Family

Many nurses tend to be like minded in that they are patient focused, hard working, supportive, and intuitive.

Nurses don’t just want to care for their patients, they care about their co-workers too.  There is not another profession with a more supportive community, whether it's helping with a schedule switch so you can watch your son’s baseball game on a Saturday, or being by your side to help with a patient boost to keep you from hurting your back, nursing is the most caring profession not just for their patients but for each other.

7. Job Security: 

Healthcare in the United States is a booming enterprise.  Due to advances in medicine, nurses will never have to worry about being unemployed.

The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that job growth from 2016-2026 in nursing is expected to increase 15% which is much faster than average.  Couple that with opportunity for specialization and advancement of career through education you can be sure there will be a job for you as an RN no matter where you end up.

It is true that not anyone can BE a nurse... it requires stamina, hard work, sacrifice, and patience.  When the right person goes into nursing they are provided immense pride, satisfaction, and personal growth.

Nurses are superhuman and are not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep our patients safe and well cared for.  To choose nursing is to choose a LIFESTYLE and CAREER that can afford flexibility, increased earning potential, job security, and satisfaction.

Are you thinking about starting nursing school or want to learn more about the profession?  Ask a question below in the comments or like my page on facebook for more nursing topics and information!

Thanks for reading!

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