By Faria Ahmed
After having done completely different things like research, administration and entrepreneurship, I finally decided to go to nursing school at the age of 27. With all these past experiences, I can proudly say that I have a million reasons to believe this profession is awesome! For now, let me just share the top 10 out of the million, though.
- You get to save LIVES! I don’t mean this lightly. Whether you are a nurse, a paramedic, a doctor, or in any other similar occupation, you get some of the core urgent-care and resuscitation training that can literally mean the difference between life and death for those around you. I can not imagine a better feeling than being granted the knowledge, the skills and the license to step up and save a life when needed.
- Money follows you. Yes, it’s true that nurses are overworked and underpaid. But having said that, we are never completely out of options when it comes to jobs. I know so many other industries which had job-shortages and loss of positions due to computer automation systems and what not. So far, it doesn’t seem like nursing is going to become redundant anytime in the next 50-100 years. That means, as long as you’re willing to do the heavy lifting and the crazy hours and being awesome, the job opportunities and money will always follow you.
- Transferable Skills: This is another thing I love about nursing. When I was trained in Immunology research, I felt like I could never transition out of it. And surely, when I tried applying to other positions in retail, management, administration, I was told I just don’t have any skills or experiences in anything other than being in a lab, designing and running specialized experiments. However, in nursing there seems to be so many transferable skills. Firstly, you’re a people person. You deal with hundreds of different types of people and basically providing great customer service. You are charting, follow policies and laws, and doing so much administration. You are stocking nursing equipment and accessories (managing inventory), you are training new young student nurses (you’re a teacher!), and you may even be doing some billing depend on where you work. Transition into clinical research or management later won’t be hard if you want it!
- Nurses are nice: I’m not even joking. I’ve seen friends who became physicians and friends who became nurses, and the latter group are just nicer because of the importance and frequency of bedside manner. Even in the community nurses are perceived as being more compassionate and patient compared to our physicians who fly in and out diagnosing patients. It’s not always the doctor’s fault as there are usually much fewer doctors than there are nurses and they have to be diagnosing and approving of a bunch more patients, plus their role limits the time actually spent with each patient. Nonetheless, nurses are the nice ones who are less viciously competitive and more cooperative/supportive in my personal opinion.
- Save time and money: You will be able to catch a lot of symptoms in yourself, your partner, kids and so on! You can send them to a check-up early enough to catch a lot of things while they are easily treatable. You will literally be able to help them and yourself manage a lot of health issues much better because you are a trained healthcare professional. You might save them tips to the doctor, or you might be able to recommend a trip to the doctor depending on the situation. Overall, you save yourself and your family valuable time and reduce the risks to their health.
In short, you are awesome if you have decided to or already have become a nurse!