5 Reasons to Choose Nursing Over Another Profession
Nursing is an awesome profession – and we’re not just saying that! Nurses are essential not only to the healthcare field, but to the entire community. The health of your community is dependent on your work as a nurse.
Obviously, this isn’t the only reason nursing is an awesome profession. So, if you’re a student considering a career in nursing or you’re a seasoned nurse looking for more reasons why your job is awesome, here is a list of 5 reasons to choose nursing over another profession.
1. Nursing provides you the opportunity to make a difference.
No matter when niche of nursing you’re in, you get the opportunity to truly make a difference in someone else’s life. Whether you’re a nurse teaching a class at a university, a mental health nurse or a telephone triage nurse, you are touching the lives you’re working with.
Nursing Link says “you’ll learn the value of life as a nurse, when you see people fighting to stay alive. Every breath of life is a gift and no one learns this lesson better than someone who nurses a dying patient day and night. People with strong values, respect for human life, compassion for suffering and empathy will be attracted to the nursing career.”1
2. Nurses have so many different career options even within the field of nursing.
Choosing nursing does not restrict you to a hospital. There are so many specialties and focuses within nursing – the opportunities are endless. This is good news for new nurses looking to explore their options, as well as old nurses looking to make a career change.
“There aren’t that many careers that allow you this kind of diverse job opportunity. Apart from this, you have job security, with good wages, a challenging atmosphere, and the chance to learn and grow into different paths,” Nursing Link reminds us. 1
3. Your work attire is pretty comfortable.
No painful blisters from teetering in heels all day. Nurses are lucky because they get to wear clothes to work that are almost as comfy as their pajamas.
Christine from Only A Nurse says “I drag my butt out of bed throw on a wrinkled pair of scrubs, (if I’m lucky they might match), then sleepwalk my way to my car with no make-up and a rat’s nest hair-do. Hell yeah, this is a benefit of being a nurse. I get 30-minutes more sleep than the size 2 Barbie doll down the street who’s an ‘executive secretary’…Whatever!”2
4. You never stop learning as a nurse.
Nursing is great because you truly never stop learning. With a healthcare field that is ever-changing, nurses have no choice but to continue learning.
According to Careers in Nursing, “while every job has its challenges, the demands and rewards of nursing can vary depending on the setting. Most nurses will tell you that no day is ever the same, and each day offers a variety of challenges that keeps you learning and excited about the profession.”3
5. As a nurse, you’ll always be needed (that’s a great feeling)!
Like we said earlier, as a nurse, you are essential to the well-being of your community. Let’s face it, there will always be sick people in need of care, and that’s where you come in. Not only does this constant need for nurses feel good, but it also promises job security (a plus)!
Careers in Nursing says, “did you know that just one extra full-time registered nurse (RN) would save an additional five lives in a hospital care setting? RNs play an essential role in optimal health outcomes in a host of settings. For example, a systematic review of literature shows that higher RN staffing ratios result in reduced hospital mortality”3
So there you have, 5 reasons why nursing is the best profession!
What do you think is great about being a nurse? Tell us in the comments below!