Benefits & Losses exist in every career. Being a nurse is no exception. There are pluses and minuses to be a nurse. Being a nurse is a very
rewarding career. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Nurses are in huge demand all over the world, especially as our population continues
to age and grow.
While it is by no means an easy career to undertake, yet it is absolutely a rewarding one.
Here's a look at the benefits about being a nurse today.
Job Security is high
According to a report 257,200 Indian nurses were employed in foreign cities, up from 191,100 in 2001. And while that might seem like a staggering
amount of competition when it comes to vying for the same jobs, the reality is our country will always be crying out for more nurses. This is
especially true considering our ageing population.
Wonderful Patient Relationships
Nurses are renowned for forming far closer bonds with patients than physicians – mostly due to the fact they spend a lot more one on one time
with the patient than the Doctor does. These bonds are often everlasting and remain strongly in place long after the care has been completed. In
such traumatic situations it can be easy to form a strong and enduring bond with someone so instrumental in saving your life or helping you recover
from an illness or injury. Nurses are the most compassionate people you will meet so nurturing these relationships is absolutely a
Camaraderie and Support
Of the many benefits of becoming a nurse, one of the most meaningful is the relationships that you will build with your co-workers and
colleagues. Nurses and other clinicians have to band together, especially during intense times where a patient's life may be on the line.
And, in addition to bonding with your fellow nurses and doctors, many nurses also find that they create strong bonds with their patients
and families throughout the care process.
A Rewarding Career Awaits
Could there be any more of a rewarding career than being charged with keeping someone alive? When a nurse goes to work each day it is with the
implicit knowledge they will help save a life or make the passing on from a life as gently and dignified as possible. Ultimately, humanity is at
the heart of everything a nurse does, and there can be no more rewarding career than that.
Transferrable Life Skills
The skills you learn in your profession as a nurse also translate well into everyday life. Nurses are excellently equipped to cope with a range
of stressful situations and all manner of sicknesses – not to mention people skills, with the many walks of life they will come into contact with
on any given day. You'll also never meet a better listener than a nurse – it is all part of their daily role to play the part of an excellent
communicator with patients and families, as well as being empathetic. Finally, if an emergency arises – perhaps on a plane, your son's soccer
match or even while you are doing your weekly grocery shop – a nurse carries with her the on the job knowledge which daily saves lives.
You Command Respect
The centuries old profession of nursing will always be considered noble. Viewed as an upstanding member of the community people are in awe at
a nurse's ability to be empathetic, compassionate, and intelligent and a quick thinker. There are not so many roles which require so much of someone
as a nurse, and the community will always admire someone who gives so selflessly of themselves to ensure another's wellbeing. It's also important
to note nurses give as much respect as they command. Not only do they value rules and order, but they are the discreet and revere different
cultures and traditions.
Flexible work arrangements
Nurses in hospitals work on a shift rotation, something which can provide flexibility. Skipping the mundane 9-5 corporate treadmill can equate to
time off during the day to run errands, schedule in appointments or spend time with family and friends. As well, nurses in the public sector in
Queensland enjoy such benefits as paid annual leave (with loading), paid parental leave as well as the ability to take up to 12 months off for
career advancement study. This flexibility is undoubtedly a bonus to those thinking about this as a career.
Ask any nurse and they will assure you this isn't a career all about money – it's far more about caring and people and making a huge difference
in their lives when they most need it. But, thankfully, this is a sector which is compensated well.
There are ample avenues to explore when it comes to career advancement as a nurse. Starting out as a Registered Nurse (after you have graduated
and obtained your nursing license), you will be able to explore many options if you'd like to specialize. Some of these include:
Pediatric Nurse, Aged Care Nurse, Neonatal Nurse, Midwife
Yes, you will be required to obtain the necessary skills in order to do one of these specialist roles, but it always heartening to know there is
room for career progression if that is what you seek.
There is no career more inspiring than nursing. You are privy to amazing miracles and feats of human nature which will live with you forever. Or
you get to see people who have been hurt in the most traumatic way rise up and defeat the odds. These everyday people will bless you will an
abundance of heart-warming moments which will last you a lifetime.