Have you thought about becoming a nurse? Registered nurses make a positive difference in the lives of others on a daily basis. In the field, there are many opportunities to work with all kinds of patients, treating illnesses and injuries.
Becoming a registered nurse is a great career path to pursue, as it provides many benefits. Continue reading to learn about five reasons you should consider becoming a nurse.
The future is bright for those who want to pursue a career in nursing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is due to several reasons.
First, older people tend to have more medical problems than younger people. Due to the growing aging population, there are increased opportunities for nurses. Additionally, because of the recent federal health insurance reform, more people have access to healthcare, which has led to an increase in demand for nurses. Finally, the demand for nurses has increased in settings such as home healthcare, as more patients are preferring to receive treatment at home (“Bureau of Labor Statistics,” 2015).
Opportunities for Specialization
Today, nurses can focus in on a particular area of the field by gaining specialized knowledge. For example, nursing education and public health are specific areas of the field nurses can specialize in. As a result, nurses can pursue a career that they are truly passionate about. In addition, they can continue to grow in their knowledge about different areas of the field, and they can try their hand at a variety of different specialties throughout their career.
Technology has greatly influenced the field of nursing. Today, technology is used to eliminate repetitive and mundane tasks, accomplish regulatory work, provide more efficient use of space, improve the healthcare environment, provide access to resources and improve safety in nursing (Cipriano, 2011).
In addition, because of the rapid growth of technology in the field, new and exciting career paths are available to nurses. For example, nurses who want to work with healthcare data can pursue a career in healthcare informatics. In the workplace, these nurses may take on roles such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training healthcare workers in the use of computer systems or collecting and analyzing data in order to improve patient care.
Flexibility to Work in Different Settings
Nurses are not limited to working in hospitals and doctor’s offices. They can work in many different types of settings, such as at children’s camps, schools, on the mission field and even in the pharmaceutical field. These different settings give nurses flexibility throughout their career, as they can easily transition into working in these different settings. Working in a variety of settings will allow nurses to grow in their knowledge as they practice on all different kinds of patients. In addition, nurses are not limited to working in the same setting for their whole career, as they can change to different types of jobs in the field.
Becoming a nurse is a very rewarding, both emotionally and financially. As nurses help others every day, they can find emotional fulfillment. They develop relationships with their patients and support them every step of the way on their road to recovery. As they see the health of their patients improve, they feel a strong sense of satisfaction.
Additionally, nursing is a very rewarding career financially. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions, the salary for registered nurses grew by over $20,000 from 2000 to 2010 to an average of $63,944. As there will always be individuals with healthcare needs, nurses are very desirable in the workplace. Therefore, a career in nursing is very stable and reliable.
Based on these reasons, now is a great time to become a nurse! Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers a variety of different nursing degree programs. For more information about pursing an education at GCU, visit our website or fill out the Request More Information form at the top of the page! Our Nursing program reviews are also available at GradReports and US News.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communications at GCU.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. (2015). Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Registered Nurses. Retrieved from bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
- Cipriano, P. (2011). The Future of Nursing and Health IT. Retrieved from medscape.com/viewarticle/751810
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