Why are you taking up nursing? Is it really you profession of choice or you have just been shoved into it by the urge of your parents? Others are taking it because they consider it their vocation while others are attracted by the bright employment prospects overseas.
Nursing students are everywhere nowadays along with the mushrooming of nursing schools and nursing programs. Each student nurse has different stories or tale to tell on why they are taking up nursing.
Anyway whatever the reason is, here’s a quick reminder of why pursuing your studies to be a nurse is definitely a worthwhile endeavor.
Nurses are very in-demand abroad
The healthcare industries of First World countries like United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, etc. are experiencing severe labor shortage. The number of shortage is expected to rise to 800,000 by the year 2020. According to the US Department of Labor website, more or less 2.5 million jobs are available for registered nurses making it the largest occupation in the health sector.
Nurse enjoy high salaries and attractive benefits
More than the work opportunities, it is the high salary and wonderful benefits that makes nursing a very wise career to pursue. The annual income of a newly hired nurse is USD 30,000 to USD 45,000, and they are also given special incentives
Due to the going demand, experienced nurses are even offered signing bonuses as high as USD 14,000 by some hospitals.
As of May 2006, the median annual earnings of registered nurses were USD 57,280. The middle 50 percent earned between $47,710 and $69,850. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,250, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $83,440.
Being a Nurse Gives You Many Options
The nursing job is not restricted in a hospital setting nor confines them to an 8 to 5 work schedule. There are several options to choose from when you are a nurse. There are regular and part time works and a host of work sites: in a hospital, in a school, in a school, etc.
As a nurse, you can also learn and pursue a host of new specialties like travel nursing, geriatric nursing, legal nurse consultant etc. You can also work as a Clinical Instructor.
Nurses are highly regarded
There is no doubt that nurses are highly regarded in society. The result of a 2004 survey done by Gallup Poll revealed that nurses received the top votes for “honesty and ethical standards of various professions.
When a nurse does his/her work well, it means that he or she is doing a great service and a noble deed to his/her countrymen because being a nurse is basically giving help and care to those in need.
Before ending this article, here’s one thought worth sharing: To succeed and gain fulfillment in the nursing profession, you should primarily do it for service and not for the monetary benefits.