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50 Reasons to become a Nurse

Updated on August 17, 2012

The nurse of the future

My daughter follow in my footsteps
My daughter follow in my footsteps

Nursing is a career that individuals enter into for many reasons. Some people know from a young age they want to help people and choose nursing as a career pathway for this reason. Whatever the reason there are many additional benefits to becoming a nurse that may keep you working within this profession for longer than you think.

Reasons to become a nurse;

1. Rewarding work – and you get paid for it.

2. Variety – you never need get bored as every day is different.

3. Personal growth – you will learn a lot about yourself in this profession

4. Sense of humour – you need one! There will be plenty of laughs along the way.

5. Compassion – you get to show your nurturing side.

6. Change lives – a small gesture, piece of information can go a long way.

7. Lift morale – though kind words and actions you can help make someone happy.

8. Hope – you can bring hope to some people.

9. Advocacy – you can speak up for those that cannot – patients or colleagues

10. Listening skills – you have them and can let someone be ‘heard’.

11. Travel – virtually anywhere!

12. Free accommodation – with many overseas jobs

13. Salary – it’s not bad and can be excellent with career development

14. Skills – you will have many that can be continually developed.

15. Versatility – you can transfer your skills to many different settings

16. Job security there will always be a job.

17. Holidays – usually quite generous.

18. Retirement – plans are usually good.

19. Flexible – working hours.

20. Family and friends – you can help them too.

21. Spouse – you may meet your future one.

22. Learning and development – there’s not many jobs that provide the level or variety of training.

23. Teamwork – you will get to work with others and need to work as a team.

24. Time management – you will learn this skill quickly if you want to get home on time.

25. Challenging – it can be and will pull you out of your comfort zone.

26. Change – there’s plenty of it in this profession.

27. Research and Development – always exciting new evidence.

28. Social – there’s usually a good social life if you like?

29. Friends – you will make good friends.

30. Health – you will have a good insight into health and disease.

31. People – you like them.

32. Intellectually challenging – you constantly need to learn new information.

33. Educator – you will be teaching students and patients.

34. Education – you will gain a Bachelor of Science once you become a registered nurse – this is just the start.

35. Worker – you don’t mind a bit of hard work – its makes the time fly.

36. Communication – you skills are finely tuned to deal with all types of people.

37. Blood – you don’t mind the site of blood.

38. Role model – you will be one for students and patients – be proud to be a nurse.

39. Visa – nursing opens the door to work or live in many different countries.

40. Age – there’s a nursing role for most ages.

41. Non-judgemental – you should be.

42. Diversity – nursing encourages acceptance and respect of all individuals

43. Physical endurance – you have enough to keep you going the shift

44. Emotional endurance – you need it in difficult situations – it comes with experience.

45. Positive attitude – you have one – it will help up lift your patients.

46. Patience – you will need plenty of this.

47. Exercise – if you’re on the wards or in the community you’ll get plenty.

48. Uniform – saves expenditure on clothes.

49. Motivation and enthusiasm – keeps the work interesting and open to opportunity.

50. Love for life – it helps you to appreciate what you have.


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      Sam Graham 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks maheshter1 and thanks for voting up.

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      Sam Graham 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks girishpuri. It's just great to communicate with fellow human beings in a kind and compassionate way. Nurses get a lot back from their work too ;))

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      There is no doubt that nursing is the most committed carrier and real service to the human kind, good reasons, voted up.

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      Sam Graham 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for your comment. It's the people I meet that make.the work so much easier. Thanks for sharing, I'm still new and finding my way around hubpages so a bit to find out about, but loving it so far.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this upbeat article. You are a great ambassador for the nursing profession.

      The photo of your daughter is adorable. There were three generations of nurses in my family- my grandmother, aunt and myself. Though the profession is tough in many ways it also has the many personal and professional benefits that you've listed here.

      Welcome to Hub Pages. You'll find quite a few other nurses here, some retired like myself, and others still very active in their nursing specialties.

      Voted up across the board except for funny and also shared because it may help inspire someone to become a nurse.