Top 7 Reasons to Become a Nurse

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession with options for career advancement and personal fulfillment. If you are searching for a college major, or thinking about changing careers here are our top 7 reasons to become a nurse.

Personal fulfillment and job satisfaction is our top pick. There is nothing more appealing about a job than loving what you do and feeling good about yourself at the same time. A survey done by AMN healthcare on nurses found nurses of all ages are very satisfied with the choice of their careers and love the intrinsic rewards of nursing.

Nurses have job security. The nursing field is booming, job data shows a continued demand for nurses and emerging fields in biotechnology and research are creating new positions.  Hospitals, physician practices and outpatient clinics are continually searching for good nursing talent.

Nurses are respected. It is wonderful to be respected and have people appreciate you. A recent survey from Gallup finds that nursing is the most trusted profession in the United States, with respondents rating nurses highest for honesty and ethics.

Good pay. Per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for registered nurses was $66,640 in 2014. Nurses in management can make as much as $98,000 to $130,000 per year.

Flexibility. If you are the type of person who does not want to work 9 - 5, a flexible schedule may be another reason to look at nursing.  The most common nursing job is a staff nurse in the hospital, which offers 3 shifts. Home Healthcare nursing offers flexibility with nurses working out in the field on a per diem basis. Whatever hours work for you; you can typically find it in nursing.

You can become a RN in 2 years. If you are changing careers and do not want to spend another 4 years in college, or do not have the financial resources for a 4-year degree, you can become a RN in 2 years by earning an associate's degree. Earning an ADN is the most common choice for registered nurses and will land you an entry level nursing job.

 Career development and growth. There are countless directions you can take with a nursing degree. From choosing a specialty like oncology, infectious disease or surgical nursing to going into clinical research. You can also take your career out of the hospital and work for a pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device companies who offer various positions for clinicians.

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