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To BScN or Not to BScN: Top 4 Reasons to Become a Nurse

29 MAY 2012
Career Path : Healthcare

You’re playing around with the idea of becoming a nurse, but are still not sure if you want to commit yourself to the profession.  Deciding what career to go into is not an easy decision for anyone to make. It requires time, serious contemplation, and a good deal of soul searching to really figure out what profession best suits your personality and your goals.

To help you with your decision-making, here are just a few of the many reasons why a nursing career is both fulfilling and rewarding.

Recession-proof

Nurses have to deal with a lot, but one thing they don’t typically need to worry about is losing their job because of a weak economy.

Truthfully, no industry or job is completely recession-proof. When the economy drops, all of us are affected in one way or another in varying degrees. However, there are certain industries that are less susceptible to suffering the negative sides of an economic decline, particularly, the healthcare industry. Unlike other industries, healthcare does not rely on consumerism in order to thrive. In fact, economic declines or recessions tend to lead to an increase in a population’s need for medical attention.

You may never experience a recession throughout your entire healthcare career. But if you do, your nursing job will likely be safe from the blow.

Versatility

A career in nursing can include a great deal of diverse healthcare roles. More often than not, those who receive their nursing degree will be streamlined into a practical or registered nursing position. Soon enough, however, nurses are exposed to the multiple career options available to them. For one, a staff nurse is given a lot of professional mobility insofar as a nurse can transfer from one unit to the next multiple times throughout his or her career.

Secondly, a nursing degree opens the door to many different nursing positions, including, but not limited to:

  • Nurse Researcher: work closely with academic or corporate research teams on developing medical studies and experiments.
  • Nurse Educator: provide medical education to fellow healthcare workers (doctors, PSWs) and the general public, as well as conduct information sessions at healthcare institutions (hospitals, clinics, wellness centres)
  • Entrepreneur/Manager: Own or manage a wellness centre, recovery centre, or even private care services.
  • Registered Nurse: provide exceptional patient care in a hospital, clinic or private setting.

Academic Accessibility

A key component to the appeal of a nursing career is the accessibility of most nursing schools. Unlike other medical degrees, practical nursing colleges do not require many pre-requisites other than a standard highschool or college degree and a number of science courses (Chemistry, Biology, etc.) The option of applying as a mature student may also be available, depending on the college.

Honourable Work

The nursing profession is an honourable one. I’m not saying this to appeal to your ego. I’m saying it because it is true. Nurses have to deal with quite a lot, from being understaffed and overworked to And in the midst of the mayhem, nurses have to keep it together every second of the way, making sure that they care and support patients properly. It is difficult to do your job properly when so many factors are working against you, but nurses manage to do this every day for the sake of the health of patients.