An increasing number of people, both women and men, are choonursesing nursing as a career – and for good reason.

For one thing, nursing offers really great job security. While many have seen their pay cut and benefits eliminated due to the of economic crisis following the great recession, nurses have a career that remains lucrative and highly in demand.

With nursing, there are a wide variety of different job opportunities. One can opt to work in public health, primary care, long-term care, mental health, the academe and many more.

You can opt for private practice. You can choose to work in the homes of your patients. You can be an educator or an administrator. You can choose to work in emergency room nursing, trauma care, or surgical nursing. There are almost endless possibilities.

Plus, as a nurse you are guaranteed a good salary. It doesn’t matter if you are working in a big city like NYC or some rural hospital in Arkansas, as a nurse you are going to be getting a good sized paycheck. And, if you want to earn more, you can simply continue to further your education. By specializing in a specific chosen field of nursing you can demand greater compensation, and as your years of experience add up you will watch as your salary climbs higher and higher.

Another great thing about nursing are the flexible hours you’ll enjoy. Basically, you can adapt your work hours to fit your lifestyle. You can choose to work short shifts, or a full 12 hours — mornings, afternoons, nights, weekdays, or weekends. The same flexibility applies to location. Nursing jobs are so abundant that you are certain to find a job in any place that you want to explore or live in.

Nursing is an intellectually stimulating career. You’ll have diverse opportunities for continuous learning and education. You can request to be assigned to a variety of departments, or even opt for an administrative or management job if that suits your fancy. Perhaps you’ll find that nurturing nurses new in their jobs and sharing your knowledge and expertise with them is something that you enjoy.

And lets not forget what an emotionally rewarding job nursing can be. As a nurse you’ll always know that your job is meaningful and that you are helping to make the world a better place every time you clock in. You can see, again and again, that what you do has a great impact on other people’s lives. By doing your job well, and empathizing with your patients, you can immediately see that you are able to lessen the suffering that your patients go through by being a constant source of cheer and comfort.

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