The following is an (edited) copy of an article on my website
RN Career Change
Are there any other reasons you would add?
10 Reasons Nursing is a Perfect Profession
by John Lundholm, RN, M.A.
1. CHOICE OF MANY SETTINGS Although the majority of nurses work in a hospital setting, we are not limited to working in hospital settings. There are nurses working in schools, universities, research laboratories, industrial settings, courtrooms, community centers, and just about every other work setting you can imagine. Even with in the hospital setting there are many options. You are not limited to bedside nursing.
2. VARIED POSITIONS Nurses can do much more than just direct patient care. They are managers, researchers, teachers, writers, consultants, entrepreneurs, medical reps, leaders.
3. BROAD SKILLS BASE The reason nurses can function in a variety of settings and roles is our broad skills base. We must be skilled at assessing, problem solving, integrating information, communicating, observation, and a hundred other discrete and interrelated skills.
4. HIGH TECH/HIGH TOUCH Nursing integrates the highest levels of scientific advancement in medicine, and the most personal of interactions. We can choose settings which at one extreme surrounds us with instruments, machines and data, or at the other allows to share in the profoundly personal experiences of birth or death.
5.IMPORTANT WORK Our work often has an impact on the quality of life or death. What we do, and how we do it matters.
6. WELL RESPECTED Nurses are well respected by the public. We are in a position of trust.
7. CHALLENGING Nursing can be as dull and routine as any job, but it can be as exciting and challenging as you want it to be. If you're not being challenged in your current position, there's a position in nurse that will challenge and bring out the best in you.
8. EASY TO BALANCE This is especially true of direct patient care in a hospital setting. Although planning is essential, nursing is very much a matter of responding to immediate concerns. When you leave work, you leave your work at the hospital, since you don't know what you will be faced with when you return. This makes it easy to balance nursing with the rest of your life. You're not always "on the job". Your time off can truly be time off.
9. SECURE You can always find a job as a nurse. It may not be in the position or setting you would prefer, but with your skill base you are a valuable worker.
10. WELL PAID I know some will disagree with me, but considering the fact that a person can enter the profession with an associate degree and within a few years earn as much as, for instance, a masters level social worker (check the classifieds if you don't believe me) says a lot for nursing. Remember, you are not confined to bedside nursing. It's not common, but there are nurses earning six-figure incomes.
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Jul 12, '01
I think you should include "travel opportunities" under #1.
As far as #10 is concerned, I think you should say "With just a two-year associate's degree you can make as much as the average factory worker with a high school education! Plus, you get to work your tail end off helping people not die!"
MS degreed social workers don't make squat either!
Don't get me wrong.... I think the 'concept' of nursing is wonderful but all too often the reality of it doesn't measure up as the "perfect career".
Last edit by SusieQ1243 on Jul 12, '01
Jul 12, '01
Hi. Thanks for the article CCWizard. I do agree with many of the reasons but not all. The article is probably very encouraging to those who seek or feel they have perfection in their career. When I entered nursing, I wasn't seeking perfection, because I don't believe that there is a perfect job. Although I have a very tolerant attitude about my job right now, I do know of nurses that are very happy with their jobs and wouldn't change their jobs for the world.
Last edit by Mijourney on Jul 12, '01