Choosing a career in nursing opens many opportunities to support the medical sector and wider community. As such, there are a number of rewarding benefits, ranging from the quality of life you will enjoy to the salary you can earn. The hands-on nature of nursing can be demanding, but many practising nurses will tell you that the various challenges are often the most enjoyable aspects of the job.
Here are five of the key advantages to working as a nurse.
You Get to Make a Difference
One of the most rewarding parts of being a nurse is that you get to make a difference to people’s lives. Your various duties can place you right in the middle of life-changing events and at the heart of a patient’s wellbeing. Whether this is performing CPR in an emergency situation, or carrying out a comprehensive patient history-taking that unlocks a critical diagnostic piece of information, you get to save lives every day.
Not only will you play an important role in a patient’s life, you’ll also be a key support mechanism for their family and friends, and will often have the chance to build the kind of strong relationships many patients come to rely on. Also, for some patients, you may be their only support system if they are without family or friends. Having this positive presence guiding them through recovery can make all the difference.
You Get to Enhance Your People Skills
You’ll cross paths with many different people as a nurse, including both patients and other healthcare staff. With so many people coming through the doors of a hospital or practice every day, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with people from all different backgrounds. This is a great learning curve, giving you the chance to expand your worldview and potentially progress your learning on the job.
Talking to people, building relationships with patients and staff, and seeking ongoing advice or support from other medical professionals is a really pleasurable and exciting part of the job.
You Get to Carry Out a Diverse Range of Tasks
No two days are the same as a nurse. The role entails an array of different duties and tasks, some of which you’ll be expected to perform daily, whilst others may be sensitive to specific circumstances.
Just some of your responsibilities will include:
- History-taking and initial patient examinations
- Administering medication or injections
- Maintaining patient records
- Following a patient’s treatment path
- Responding to emergencies
It’s the diversity of the role that is particularly appealing for many.
You Get Opportunities for Career Progression
Nursing offers many different career possibilities, whether you work in a hospital setting, a general practice, or internally within a non-healthcare organisation (such as the military or schools). There are numerous branches of nursing and clear room for career progression, with various qualification levels. This allows you to be as ambitious as you like in order to progress in a certain field or speciality.
As nursing is such a universal career, you may also have the chance to travel. Your skills will be easily transferrable to roles around the country and further afield, offering the flexibility to transition into other medical roles, whether in temporary positions to support staff shortages or as a full-time commitment.
You’ve Got the Potential to Earn a High Salary
A career in nursing gives you the potential to earn a higher salary in comparison to many non-qualified roles. Nurses are always in demand, so it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be out of work for a long period of time. Especially during staff shortages, you may have the opportunity to negotiate your salary to earn a higher amount than advertised.
Start Your Career in Nursing
There are many benefits that make nursing a rewarding career path to consider. At CRG we will work closely with you to ensure that you find the right role to fit your lifestyle, career aspirations and desired location.
Learn more about what a role in nursing entails by taking a look at our Nurse’s Guide to Life on the Ward.