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The Upsides to Being a Nurse

23 MAY 2012
Career Path : Healthcare

Nurses everywhere will attest to how rewarding their career is. But there is no denying that working as a nurse involves a lot of factors that can make the profession as a whole seem less than desirable to go into.

For one, hospitals seem to be perpetually understaffed, meaning nurses will at times need to work long hours and take on extra shifts. Also, nurses are of course in constant, direct contact with sick patients, some of who are both physically and emotionally drained from the onslaught of their illnesses, and not to mention with the patients’ families, who are also under great emotional strain. Even if nurses are not experiencing illness first-hand, they are in an environment that is flooded with high levels of emotional duress.

However, despite these factors, hundreds of thousands of people continue to devote themselves to being a nurse. This leads us to believe that there are indeed positive factors about being a nurse. But what could they be?

Here are just a few reasons why hundreds of thousands of people across the country have decided to devote themselves to being a nurse.

Compassion

The decision to become a nurse will necessarily involve a keen sense of compassion. Administering medication and ensuring protocol is adhered to are part of a nurse’s duties. But along with that, and perhaps less emphasized, is the actual interactions nurses have with patients and their families. Despite the stressful environment, nurses manage to maintain a strong sense of compassion, leading them to become a factor of comfort in the patient’s healing process. Nurses are not therapists, nor are they a hospital’s Mother Goose, but they do provide levels of emotional support that really do affect the coping levels of those involved.

Constant Evolution

Depending on the type of work environment a nurse decides to work in (hospital, clinic, school, travelling location), he or she might work in various departments or wards throughout their career. In hospitals, for example, it is not uncommon for nurse to work in several different units (Cardiovascular, ER, Intensive Care, etc.) This level of professional mobility allows nurses the opportunity to constantly be learning new aspects of the job. Ultimately, each unit transfer provides another challenge, and another opportunity for a nurse to learn more and grow as a professional, which is, I think, something we all hope for in a career.

Camaraderie

Nurses work best when they function as a team, which relies heavily on high levels of communication, trust, and synergy. A typical day for a nurse can be quite stressful, and having a reliable team to depend on makes a world of a difference. This is not to say that other professions do not operate on teamwork, but nursing is most definitely one that functions on several levels of collaboration. There is teamwork with fellow nurses, doctors, patients and even family members. Nurses become a vital element in everyone’s hospital experience. Becoming such a crucial part of everyone’s daily experience really reaffirms how important nurses are.

Any nursing school will certainly make it clear to all the students enrolled in a nursing program that what they can expect is a work environment is both stressful and demanding. Part of what makes students stand by their choice is knowing that without nurses the healthcare system would crumble, and that there are factors of the job that make it all worth it. With this in mind, they go from a school of nursing to a career that is as fulfilling as it is challenging.