If you’re a fan of hospital-based TV shows, then you’ll know that the nurses have almost the same responsibility as doctors. Not only are they more educated on their patients and can built a rapport with them easier than their medical physicians, but they also have the general knowledge of an assortment of diseases and their respective treatments.
In truth, there are fewer professions more necessary and respected in an aging society than nursing. Their dedication and passion for health and people is what separates them from other lines of work. However, not all people have the proper skills and personality to become a nurse. You’ll have to be emotionally stable, hard working, able to think on your feet, communicate well, and empathetic to succeed as a nurse.
In spite of the challenges, almost all nurses are proud of their profession and have very few negative things to say. Here are some of the things nurses find rewarding about their choice of career.
1. Literally saving lives
For most veteran nurses, this is the main reason why they decide to jump into the profession. In the beginning, meeting seemingly healthy people who succumb to fatal diseases just moments later can be a shocking experience. There really is little anyone can do to heal the first wound of losing a patient, but the show still has to go on.
As time goes on, nurses learn to dwell on the successes they have rather than the inevitably negative aspect of their job. There’s very little else that can excite a nurse more than seeing someone in their care become physically better. Nurses are much closer to the patients than their doctors, and nurses tend to know their most favorite patients likes and dislikes, as well as their medical records by heart.
Becoming emotionally attached to a patient is common in this line of work. However, this can be a doubled-edged when losing a patient/friend and can cause emotional distress. There are training sessions for aspiring nurses on how to deal with emotional attachment and becoming more objective on the job, but feeling overjoyed by a patient’s wellbeing is also just as important as being a good caretaker. The negative part of becoming emotionally attached is seeing someone who needs to visit the hospital repeatedly over a certain ailment that they just can’t get over, or, in the worst case scenario, losing a person who you have become close to.
2. Job security
Securing a position as a nurse at a hospital or health clinic essentially means that you have a job for life. Hospitals will never run out of patients, so hospitals are in dire need of nurses to replace their aging staff.
However, unlike other professions, age brings experience and wisdom to nurses. Experienced, veteran nurses are also being sought after for their expertise in the health profession. Hospitals recognize that having more hours and years in the field means that you are less prone to making errors and mistreating patients.
In addition, the aging population of several countries and their lack of human resources means that countries are constantly on the lookout for nurses across the border. It’s common for Asian countries to send their nurses overseas to work.
Nurses are also able to secure jobs in other professions. It’s common for nurses to quit the health industry and begin their own business or work for another firm. The set of skills they receive during their time as a nurse is invaluable and easily applicable in other jobs.
3. Adept at a wide range of skills
Continuing with the previous point, to become a good nurse means to become a good communicator. Communication is key in nursing (for both having a dialogue with a patient and with the other medical staff) and is what is sought after in most hospitals. Being able to talk with others and build a rapport means drawing in more clients who feel they are being cared for properly.
Apart from the soft-skills you build when working as a nurse, there are a several hard-skills to be learned in the profession. There are many kinds of nurses, from ICU to ER to midwives. Each type of nurse specializes in a different field of health and treatment, and nurses are often bounced from one department to the next. You will be completely capable in handling all sorts of situations and offering help and relief to patients suffering from a wide variety of ailments. In addition, you will also be taught administration duties and checking on the medical equipment.
4. Challenging work environment
There is nobody on Earth who can honestly say that becoming a nurse is an easy job. In a healthcare setting, a situation can go from stable to critical at any second. A patient’s health can deteriorate or the casualty ward will be booked, and you may even need to tend to more than a dozen patients at once.
Frankly speaking, being a nurse means a great multi-tasker. Having all kinds of problems thrown at you at any moment can be overwhelming and can cause you to retreat to a corner to get your mind straight, but sometimes the hospital doesn’t have time, and it’s even worse when the patient is running out of time. For many nurses, the dynamics of being a nurse is challenging but ultimately fulfilling at the same time.
5. Many opportunities to advance your career
For many people, being a nurse is simply emptying bedpans and caring for elderly patients who cannot control their bowel movements, but in reality the profession is so much more. It is a very technical, high-level job that requires a stable mind, heart, and ability to work under pressure.
Nurses are often given the chance to return to school to complete additional training and become practitioners. This means they can earn significantly more money and treat patients almost the same as doctors. Writing prescriptions and even opening your own practice are viable options for people who want to further their nursing careers. Veteran nurses can easily become educators who train fresh graduates for the reality and challenging life of nursing.