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I’ve never mentioned this here on the blog, but nursing is one of the careers that I considered a very, very long time ago. After I graduated from high school I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I even went as far as filling out an application for a local nursing school. But, as fate would have it, I never sent it in and I chose a different path.
Interestingly, I still sometimes think about what would’ve happened if I had mailed it. I actually think I would’ve really been happy as a nurse. So, if you’re thinking a career in nursing would suit you perfectly, check out a few considerations survival tips I gathered from some friends in the field!
Nursing Career Considerations
If you want a career where you’re truly doing something useful, making a positive impact in the world, and where your skills are constantly in demand, nursing might be the right career for you.
From what I hear, it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it’s quite challenging. But along with those challenges come great rewards. Not only is it personally rewarding, it’s also a solid and secure career option that pays well and is in high demand, regardless of where you live.
Choosing A Path
Nursing is by no means a dead-end career, but if you become stuck in one position for too long, you might experience burnout. And no one wants that.
If you want an upwardly mobile career, you should consider a nursing specialization. And, more specialized positions typically garner higher pay. Not sure which nursing field to choose? Check out different paths in nursing shown at simmons.edu/.
Fortunately for you and your future earning potential, there are plenty of specializations to choose from that will inevitably lead to an engaging and satisfying career. See below for a list.
- Ambulatory Care Nurse
- Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)
- Cardiac Nurse
- Case Management Nurse
- Dialysis Nurse
- Forensics Nurse
- Dialysis Nurse
- Emergency and Trauma Nurse
- Genetics Nurse
- Geriatric Nurse
- Holistic Nurse
- Legal Nurse
- Oncology Nurse
- Pediatrics Nurse
- …and More
It’s not easy and it’s not always cheap to become a nurse. Not only is there a financial outlay for the education, you’ll have to make sure you can afford 2 – 4 years to complete your degree.
In general, it takes two years to be qualified for entry-level positions. Beyond your educational costs, you’ll also be purchasing your own nursing attire. You can easily outfit yourself if you go to www.uniformsandscrubs.com/ or a similar site, but just know that this will be a regular expense. Nurses work hard – so do their shoes and scrubs. Be prepared to be replacing yours often.
You’ll also need to consider the expense of traveling to and from work. We, of course, recommend living close to work, but there are instances and certain nursing fields that require travel to different facilities or private homes. If you’re traveling from place to place, you’ll need to account for this expense, as well. The good news is that you’ll be able to list all of it on your tax returns as job-related expenses. So, keep your receipts!
Make Friends To Combat Stress
There are few people who understand a nurse’s life. The natural demands of the job will, at some point, stress you out. That’s why it’s important to make friends in the hospital, or wherever else you might work. And, those friends can help you deal with the stresses of the job. It’s a win-win for everyone.
There’s a real solidarity among nurses, so be prepared to break your silence and make some. You’ll be glad you did when you’re working a double shift and desperately need a donut break.
Nipping stress in the bud as soon as it rears its ugly head will mean a more enjoyable shift, fewer mistakes, and an overall healthy work-life balance. So make this a priority.
Nursing can be immensely rewarding and give you a real sense of pride and accomplishment in what you do. But if you want to be happy, you need to consider all that is involved and have tools to help you through the more trying shifts. Do that, and you’ll be as happy as the frogs in the feature pic. 🙂
Surviving (And Thriving) In A Career In Nursing
Looking for quick and dirty tips to keep you thriving in your soon-to-be or already-in-it nursing career? Here they are!
Nursing Survival – Quick Tips:
- Stay Fit – This will help when you’re on the go and helping patients with mobility issues
- Eat Regular Healthy Meals – A fast food burger on the run does not do a body good
- Stay Hydrated – Never underestimate the power of water
- Slow Down – Rushing around will only increase the chance of making errors
- Stay Organized – Organization is vital (no pun intended) for keeping accurate records
- Batch Your Work – Performing similar tasks for several patients in a short amount of time can help you be more efficient
- Be A Team Player – Help your co-workers and they’ll help you #sovaluable
Coffee. Don’t Forget Coffee.
One last thing we didn’t mention – don’t forget the coffee 🙂
Well, there you have it – A few considerations and quick tips for a successful and rewarding career in nursing. Go forth and prosper!