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Do nurses get any opportunity for advancement?


Hi everyone,

I am currently a pre nursing student, and I have been having doubts about whether or not nursing is for me :( I tend to be someone who is motivated to keep moving up and advancing when i work ( working towards promotions, raises, etc.) and while I love the idea of being a nurse, it doesn't seem to me that there are many? Is this true?

On a separate note, I am a little intimidated by the high stress and responsibility of the nursing profession since I don't deal that well with that level of responsibility...do you think this is a deal breaker? I love the idea of nuturing patients and helping them, but I am not sure that the other aspects of nursing fit well with me. PLEASE help, i feel so lost right now, and I don't know if I am making the right choice with nursing.

Thank you so much everyone :( :redbeathe

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

Yes. There are lots of opportunities for advancement in nursing. However, advancement comes with taking on more responsibility. It's a double-edged sword.

Also, while there can be some advancement at the bedside that can be achieved without additional education ... many of the advancement opportunities require on-going education and the earning of advanced credentials. Some of those may mean going back to school for higher academic degrees (MSN, DNP, PhD, etc.) and/or require that you be certified in your specialty.