Editor’s Note: This guest article was written by Jessica Williams of HCI College for Clipboard Health.
Nurses are among the most in-demand professionals today. Studies have shown that nursing remains a top choice for students entering universities because it provides security and an opportunity to help and care for others. There may be times when students will contemplate whether a career in paramedics or nursing will be right for them. To help decide, here are some of the benefits nurses enjoy:
One of the top benefits of being a nurse is job security. No matter where they are, nurses will remain in demand. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that nursing will experience job growth of 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than most professions. This growth is highly influenced by growing knowledge about the importance of preventive care, the increasing prevalence of chronic illnesses, and the aging population of baby boomers. Additionally, due to the shortage of nurses worldwide, job openings will reach about 175,900 every year over the next 10 years.
A nursing career is agile. Nurses can take advantage of endless opportunities, no matter what career pathway they choose. They can choose to work in a hospital or take a leadership role by enrolling in higher education programs and earning certifications. They can also take on more administrative or educational positions to enjoy better career mobility and a flexible work schedule.
The availability of online programs allows nurses to take additional career enhancement courses while they are working full-time. In fact, some higher hospital positions do not require higher education because many nurses are already equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for the role.
Additionally, as some medical services become available through telehealth, nurses can also enjoy the option to work from home, rather than providing in-person care. This means that nurses who may have circumstances that call for them to stay home are still able to provide care for others digitally.
While nurses’ salaries vary depending on experience and educational background, they are among the professions that receive the best pay. Based on the data provided by the BLS, nurses have a median annual wage of US$75,330. Those who have more experience can receive as much as US$116,230.
In the UK, the government has also pledged to increase pay for nurses. “In terms of nurses’ pay, we have been focusing in the past few years in making sure that those on lowest pay do get an increase, for example the salary for a new staffing nurse has gone up by over 12 per cent in recent years,” said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
High Job Satisfaction
Being a nurse is sometimes a thankless job but many still enter into the profession because they want to be of service to others. Having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other people gives nurses a great feeling of satisfaction. One survey has found that nurses expressed 60.8% satisfaction with their job, even if they have been working for more than a decade already.
Many professions require staff to stay in one place. Nurses, however, have the option to travel— they are allowed to work in different states. Improved license reciprocity across states has allowed many nurses to travel into another state for work without any hassles. Not only does this provide exposure to different healthcare practices, but it may also result in experience treating diseases common to a specific region.
Travel nurses are also among those who receive the best compensation and benefits because their travel expenses are often taken care of. This opportunity allows nurses to meet new people and experience new places, which often results in even higher job satisfaction, especially for new entrants to the field.
Better Job Prospects
Industry leaders are investing in healthcare more than ever. According to a CBRE survey, investors are highly interested in senior housing and assisted living facilities. Investments reached a staggering US$13 billion from January to October 2017. Based on that survey, the eldercare services that received the most investments are as follows:
This means that more and more alternative healthcare facilities will open in the coming years and this will provide more job opportunities for those in the nursing care industry.
In the healthcare sector, employers often cover a portion of insurance fees, if not the entire amount. This way, nurses enjoy easy access to medical care. Typically, this coverage begins after 90 days of employment.
Malpractice coverage, unfortunately necessary, is also usually covered.
Since there is a big demand for nurses, many corporations are now offering tuition incentives as part of their employment packages. While the numbers may vary from one organization to another, the average is around US$5,250 per year. In some cases, companies will also reimburse tuition fees for nursing employees who participate in continuing education during their employment. Some journals are also available for healthcare providers for free or at a discounted price.
Nurses are among the healthcare professionals who will benefit from technological advancements mainly because they are the point persons who will be selected for training opportunities. The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare will require intensive training and for those who are keen on advancing, it is a good opportunity. They can attend conferences and join organizations to further their knowledge and practice of healthcare.
Various Nursing Programs
There are many nursing programs to choose from. Nurses can seek an Associate Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Once licensed, nurses can go for higher-level degrees, such as Master of Science in Nursing, which will require specialty certification.
When shifting to a nursing career, candidates can become Licensed Practical Nurses since this only requires a high school diploma—ideal for those who want to do a mid-career change to nursing.
For those interested in pursuing a nursing career, try taking this Career Training Readiness Quiz to see if you are eligible.
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Jessica Williams is a marketing professional for HCI College, a school dedicated to preparing students for a career in the medical field by offering programs such as Nursing, EMT, and Paramedical services. The institution is best known for its practical approach to learning that propels students from theoretical classroom instruction and forwards them into the workforce.
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