You’re a young student with a bright future, and you’ve got brains, heart, and drive. Which career should you choose?
You’re not satisfied with your career, and you want to make a change. You’re hoping for something that gets you away from a desk. What should be next?
You’re working as a nursing assistant, and wondering about going back to school to advance your medical rank. Will it be worth your time and money?
You’re a nurse already, and you need a reminder about why you’re on the path you’re on – or a reminder that you can take another nursing path just as soon as you choose to do so.
Here are five amazing reasons to be a nurse in the UK:
You’ll always have a job that works for you.
People all over the UK get sick. So nurses are needed everywhere. Meaning, no matter where you live or want to live you’ve got a good chance of finding work that pays. You can nurse in urban settings, and you can nurse in rural settings. You can nurse full-time (to support yourself), part-time (to supplement family income), or per diem (to stay in the workforce when you’ve got many other life happenings to balance). You can find work during the day, evening, or overnight, and on weekdays and weekends. A career that offers security and ultimate flexibility… what more do you want?
You’ll have a lot of nursing practices to choose from.
Okay, okay. You want interest. You want diversity. Well, lucky you. Nursing is a broad term that encompasses a lot. As a nurse, you can work in a hospital, at a doctor’s office, or in a school. You can work with children, adults, the elderly, or all ages. You can work for the National Health Service or in the independent sector. Do you like caring for people in their home? You can do that. Is research more your thing? That’s possible, too. Maybe you want to offer your medical experience to a business, like a medical device company. Sure, you can go that route.
If you really stick out the schooling and become a Nurse Practitioner you’ll have even more opportunities: power in decision-making, a higher salary, the chance to work for yourself by beginning your own practice or to lead a team working for someone else. With more knowledge and expertise, you’ll find great personal satisfaction in just how much more you can do to help your patients and their families. The best part is that you can keep up your work part-time while you study to register, because nursing can be done on a flexible schedule.
You’ll always be learning.
Your work, no matter the setting, will be filled with new people (patients, their families, and even your colleagues) and their challenges all the time. It won’t always be pleasant work, (No work is.) but it will be stimulating, and exciting, and important. You’ll often find yourself in situations with your patients and colleaguesthat test your practice, patience, and empathy. There will be times for tears, and plenty of laughs along the way, too.
There are new medical discoveries all the time, too, and you’ll need to know your stuff. So book learning and on-the-job training doesn’t stop just because you’ve got the degree, or because you’ve been in a certain position for a long time. It’ll be necessary to keep up your technical chops, even as you get better at nurturing. The more you know about current practices, the more relevant your practice and nursing skills become. Knowing what to do at the right time in the right place could land you a better job, and it could also save a life.
If you ever feel like you’ve mastered your job and want a new challenge, or that your nursing interests and goals have changed, you can pivot within the field with relative ease. (A doctor can’t change focuses nearly as easily given all the years of specialised schooling.) Just be sure to think through your change carefully.
You’ll stay active.
Your mind and heart won’t be the only parts of you getting a regular workout. You’ll be working your body, too. You won’t be sitting at a desk all day, hunched over your computer, like so many other professionals in the modern world. You’ll be up and about performing physical chores all shift. Push, pull, lift, drag. Whatever the task, you’ll be on it. Sitting for a meal and getting to the bathroom in a timely fashion will be a challenge sometimes, so be sure to take care of yourself and your fellow nurses. (Oh, and a regular focused workout outside of work is still recommended!)
Best reason to be a nurse? You’ll make a difference.
Nurses play an essential and respectable role in the medical community, and in our society. Their profession has a long history.
You’ll be a communicator between patients, their families, doctors, and other medical staff. You’ll offer medical treatments and companionship. You’ll be a mentor and a leader. You’ll take care of those who aren’t able to take care of themselves, and help them regain independence. You’ll make hospice patients as comfortable as possible in their final days. You’ll shepherd new, bright, healthy life into the world. You’ll see people at their highs and lows, at their milestones and their minutia. You’ll build universal skills that you can apply to your relationships beyond work, for the betterment of your family, friends, and community. You’ll help make your corner a better place on and off the job.
If you’re compassionate about helping others, and if you’re craving a fulfilling career – really, if you’re after a calling, where the job always is more than the description – think of nursing. The UK needs you. And you, too.
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