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Top 10 benefits of becoming a nurse

Could nursing be the challenging and rewarding career that you’re looking for? Discover the advantages of nursing to find out.

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There are an estimated 20.7 million nurses and midwives around the world, making up almost 50 per cent of all healthcare workers. However, this figure is still not large enough to support the populations of many countries. The World Health Organisation predicts that an additional nine million nurses and midwives will be needed by 2030. It’s not just high demand that makes nursing an appealing profession however. Here we give you the top ten benefits of becoming a nurse.

 

1. Personally rewarding

Nursing is often considered one of the most personally and professionally fulfilling careers that anyone can do. Nurses provide care for unwell patients, trying to improve their health alongside a doctor’s treatment and advice. This enables nurses to directly help and care for those in need. Thus, nursing is a highly rewarding profession, with nurses saving lives on an everyday basis. This is major advantage to becoming a nurse as you can regularly see the positive impact of your skills and knowledge. What better motivation to get out of bed in the morning than knowing you could save someone’s life?

 

2. Job security

As mentioned, nurses are in high demand in many parts of the world, both in developing and more economically developed countries. The table below shows the average employment rates of nursing graduates in three popular study destinations. These figures are comparatively higher than other fields. Nurses will always be necessary and so you can be confident about finding a job once graduating with a nursing degree.

 

Country

Employment rate

United Kingdom

87% (six months after graduating)

Australia

79.3% (four months after graduating)

Canada

80% (attain Canadian Nursing license within two years)

 

Data sources: Australian Government 2017-2018, What do graduates do?, Canadian Institute for Health Information

 

3. Internationally employable

There are nursing shortages all across the world with the UK even declaring this limitation a national emergency in 2018. There are various reasons for this, depending on the region but one cause can be an ageing population and workforce. This makes nurses employable in many parts of the world where hospitals, surgeries and clinics need all the help they can get to serve their patients. So, if you decided to spend a year abroad, you should have no issue finding work as a nurse. For example, in Australia, nurses are in high demand and so there are several visas offered to nurses emigrating to Australia. Having a nursing qualification in this country can lead to faster visa processing times and permanent residency.

 

4. Professional development

There are several opportunities for career advancement in nursing such as ward manager, senior nurse or director of nursing. These positions generally require significant experience and recognition from managers and healthcare professionals in senior positions. So as a nurse this means you have goals to work towards with opportunities for increased pay and responsibility. With a postgraduate degree in nursing you could become an advanced nurse practitioner or consultant where salaries can reach between GBP 50,000 to GBP 85,000 in the UK.

 

5. Respected career

Nurses are highly respected within the community and are trusted with the lives of others. They are regarded as moral, ethical and caring by the general public. Nurses must apply these attributes to their work to maintain relationships with colleagues and patients. A career in nursing is also seen as stable in many parts of the world and is therefore an esteemed profession.

 

6. Flexibility

A career in nursing offers flexibility as work is often organised into shifts rather than specific hours each week. This means working different days throughout the week. An advantage to shift work is that you can put in all your effort into a few days while then enjoying the following days off. Some people prefer the routine of a nine to five job, but this doesn’t suit everyone. Nurses working in hospitals are usually required to work long shifts including unsocial hours, but community nursing and clinics are now offering more regular hours. Adult nurses tend to work 35-40 hours per week, depending on the country.

 

7. Variety

Healthcare is always evolving and adapting to new technologies and discoveries. Therefore, the workforce is also expected to adjust and develop skills in different areas when needed. There are also different types of nurses specializing in distinct areas such as pediatrics, intensive care, geriatric, mental health, oncology etc. You might find that you want to experience a few different areas of healthcare depending on your interests and experience. There are lots of different options to pursue in the field of health and medicine to keep things interesting and to prevent boredom.

 

8. Option of overtime

If you’re looking to earn some additional money, you can take on extra shifts as a nurse. Your pay will also increase when working bank holidays or weekends, depending on the country. In the UK, the hourly rate for nurses is doubled on bank holidays. However, nursing shifts can be extremely tiring, so overtime should be considered with caution.

 

9. Challenging

People who decide to embark on a nursing career are often looking for stimulating work. As a nurse, no two days are the same, leading to greater chances for learning and development. Nursing is a physically and psychologically challenging profession which requires problem solving, empathy and perseverance. So, if you think you’re up to the challenge, check out our guide on how to apply for a nursing degree.

 

10. Interaction

If you’re personable and want to work directly with people, nursing is the right place. Nurses spend most of their days interacting with patients, nurses and doctors. This type of work enables nurses to develop excellent communication skills in sometimes stressful situations. In addition to speaking, nurses must have good listening skills to care for patients and their needs. So, if staring at a computer all day doesn’t sound appealing to you, nursing is a great option for a job centered around people.

 

While you’re here you may be interested in exploring how best to assess your suitability for a particular career and what post-study working options you may have in various destinations. You can also use our course matcher tool to find a university for your nursing degree.

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