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Choose Nursing As a Career

Updated on April 28, 2014

Choose Nursing As A Career

Years ago It seemed like so many little girls wanted to be a nurse when they grew up. Not so today and that is really too bad, because nursing is a great career for both women and men. Nursing is one of the most rewarding and exciting careers in the job market and nursing is its own unique profession that has multiple career paths. Hopefully after reading this hub, some may decide to research nursing to see if it may be a good career choice for them.

If you're thinking about changing careers or deciding on which career to choose for your life, consider the choice of nursing as a career. If you have compassion for mankind, a kind heart and love for life, then becoming a registered nurse may be a good choice for you.

Nursing Offers Job Security- Choose Nursing As A Career

Today there are many career paths to take, but with the instability of the job market it would be wise for one to consider which careers can endure during shaky economical times. Nursing is one of those careers that can for the most part hold its own when times are tough. Even though the medical industry has also taken a financial hit, registered nurses are always needed.

With the world's population living longer and needing more healthcare, it is projected that by the year 2020 there will be a shortage of 800,000 nurses. Nurses salary have increased over the years with the median starting salary for a staff nurse being $65,000. Depending on which type of institution you choose to work for, increases in salary are usually given on a yearly basis. A nurse will earn more when working in a specialty clinic or with obtaining a bachelor's degree. ( and (

Opportunities For Registered Nurses - Choose Nursing As A Carrer

Registered nurses are needed in hospitals, clinics, private physicians offices, schools, nursing homes, veterans clinics and veterans homes, nursing homes, businesses and a number of other places. Registered nurses can also work in a home care setting educating clients about their disease processes and promoting healthy living styles. Registered nurses can specialize in specific areas such as nephrology, cardiology, oncology, obstetrics, pediatrics, hospice, psychology and other areas,

Travel nursing is really a wonderful opportunity for nurses to work practically anywhere around the world with having many of their everyday living expenses paid for in addition to a lucrative salary. Just imaging being a travel nurse in Hawaii, I know I'd love that!!!

Educational Paths To Becoming A Nurse-Choose Nursing As A Career

There are several educational options to beecoming a registered nurse:

  • By studying at a community college and earning an associates degree over two years will allow you to take your state board exam, the NCLEX, for a profesisonal registered nurse.
  • By attending a 4 year college, one can obtain a bachelors of science degree in nursing and also take the NCLEX state board exam.
  • Some hospitals, although not that many now, offer 3 year diploma programs towards becoming a registered nurse. After completing this course, the student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX state board exam.
  • There are multiple bridge options for LPN's wanting to become a registered nurse including online courses of study through many different colleges and universities. These courses are usually 1 year long and allow the student to sit for the NCLEX exam.
  • There are graduate degree level programs and doctorate degree level programs where students can continue their education to become nurse practitioners, midwives, nurse anesthesists, professors, researchers, administrators or CEOs. The opportunities are endless.

Rewards Of Being A Nurse-Choose Nursing As A Career

In addition to the high tech medical procedures registered nurses perform, how rewarding it is to help patients who cannot help themselves. Advocating for a patient who cannot advocate for him or herself. Comforting an elderly resident in a nursing home who does not have any family. Caring for a baby in a facility who may not have any parents and assisting in finding a loving adoptive home for him or her. The areas are endless in which your skills and compassion will be needed.

There will always be people who need help and therefore there will always be a need for nurses. Even doctors can't work efficiently without registered nurse. They write the medical orders, prescribe the medical treatments but without registered nurses these tasks can not be carried out.

Nurses are the ones who spend the most time with patients educating them about their disease processes, health needs, medications and so much more. Doctors are usually too busy to do this and delegate the responsibility to the nurse.

Get Info From Your Local College About Nursing-Choose Nursing As A Career

If this hub has intrigued you to think about nursing as a career, check out the links below for more information and always feel free to call your local community college or university for information on the nursing programs they have to offer.

Also remember that the nursing courses can be taken on a part-time basis if you're already working full time at another job.


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      Carrie L. Cronkite 3 years ago from Maine

      Thank you so much Maria for your wonderful compliments! I truly believe that we have the greatest career in the world since there are so many career opportunities for nurses. So happy to hear that you have been in nursing for 31 years and that you are an instructor now. Your students are very lucky to have a nurse like you - one who loves her work. Blessings to you!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ah, you AND this hub are music to my wonder we were meant to find each 'there are no accidents in life'!!

      I am proud to follow the comment of my nurse buddy Happyboomernurse and to make the acquaintance of my new nurse buddy creativelycc...!!

      I have been a nurse for 31 years, most in behavioral health and community nursing and love my current work as an instructor. This kind of article is a beautiful way to expose women and men of all ages of the many wonderful opportunities the field of nursing can offer.

      Excellent work...I also love all of your links! Voting UP and UABI and sharing. Have a great day. Hugs, Maria

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much Happyboomernurse for your very nice comments. I've never regretting a day for becoming a nurse, it's one of the most rewarding careers around. The best to you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      It's great to see such a positive and well researched article on the career of nursing. Though it is and always will be a challenging career there are also many rewards for being a nurse such as the ones you've listed here.

      There are also many career pathways that can help one find a specialty that suits their personality and skills.

      I particularly like the fact that you've provided quality links that can help readers find out more information about nursing.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much thecnatraining for your comments. You are right, with the population growing, the number of nurses needed to care for all of those people will increase.

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      thecnatraining 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Wow, i totally agree with the shortages of nurses in the upcoming years. If you think about during the baby boom, all those boomers are now between 40-60 years old which means the need caring for! I also read that nurses is going to be one of the top jobs in 2012! Good luck nurses!!

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      BenAJH 6 years ago

      You're welcome, creativelycc! I thought it might be worth pointing out All Jobs Health because it has jobs from multiple advertisers and isn't a recruiter so there is a good amount of choice. Of course, the process for working in Australia as an overseas nurse is a bit time-consuming,so nurses need a bit of a long-term plan. They also have a service when you can sign up to receive job alert emails specific to the location and type of nursing you want to do - just follow the link on their homepage -

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much BenAJH for your comments. Wow, Australia would be a great place to work as a travel nurse!

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      BenAJH 6 years ago

      Thanks for the informative article. If any readers are already an RN and are interested in working in Australia as either a travel nurse or more generally, a good place to look for jobs there is - there are RN opportunities in city, regional and rural locations.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much Aisia.

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      Carolyn Mikkelsen 7 years ago from Norway

      The world needs more nurses who care for others from the heart. Great information.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Thank you Chemistryoflife!

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      CHEMISTRYOFLIFE 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful information .....

      A great effort!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Hi kims3003,

      Thank you so much for your great comment!!!

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Great hub with excellent information and suggestions. A+! work!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Thank you Rebecca for your comment!!!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      this is great, and good for people who want to build a career in nursing.