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I would be very interested to know why many of you came to Nursing as a career? Was is the Money...Stability...Lifestyle...Love for people...Combination of all of the above? I want to change careers and wonder if Nursing is for me. What is the most rewarding part about being a Nurse.
1 - Diversity. You have many specialties and work settings to choose from. Although when people think 'nurse' they tend to think 'adult med/surg', there are plenty of other options out there for nurses.
2 - Money. Although nurses are not, by any means, paid what they are worth or should be paid, they are relatively well-compensated (at least right out of school - many other professions that started out a bit behind nursing pass us by leaps and bounds once they have a few years of experience).
3 - Lifestyle. Flexible scheduling options are a definite plus. Travel nursing was another experience I was able to enjoy as a nurse.
4 - Interests. I was always interested in human anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology and pharmacology. Nursing was a good match.
5 - Relative job security. Nurses are needed most places. I do not buy into the idea of a shortage that permeates every city and town, but most places you go would have a position for an experienced nurse (disclaimer - it may not be a good position or one you would want, but it would likely put food on your table).