Nursing is a long-standing profession. Ever since Florence Nightingale and her peers in the 1800s established nurse training schools, nursing has been a respected and lauded career to have.
If you’re thinking about starting a nursing course, you should first brush up on the different kinds of nursing qualifications out there (for instance, do you want to be an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse?) and then take a look at our seven amazing reasons to study nursing:
The Job Prospects Are Impressive
There’s great scope when it comes to nursing jobs. You can provide emergency care in the high energy environment of a hospital ward or provide long-term care to long-term patients within a community surgery. There are also jobs providing support within the home, at hospices, at schools and in retirement communities.
It Opens Up Opportunities Around the World
If you’ve always dreamed of working abroad, a career in nursing could be for you. With a nursing qualification you’ll find your skills in demand in countries across the globe. You could even register with a charitable organisation like Doctors Without Borders and provide medical care to some of the poorest and most needy people in the world.
It’s One of the Most Rewarding Jobs Out There
Sure, a job working in an office is probably easier than nursing. But it’s unlikely to give you the same sense of vocation as caring for the sick. Nursing is incredibly rewarding. Whether you’re helping someone to recover from a life-threatening illness, making someone more comfortable during their last days or helping someone to manage their diabetes day to day, you’ll be doing so in the knowledge that you’re really making a difference.
It Offers Great Job Security
In these changing times, it’s almost impossible to find a job that offers true security. A job in the medical profession, however, is as good as it gets. With an ageing population, countries like the UK and Australia are in more need than ever of qualified nurses. Train and work as a nurse and you can count on excellent job security.
It’s Challenging and Stimulating
There are plenty of boring jobs out there where you do the same thing day in day out. Nursing is not one of those jobs. Because you’re dealing with people and their health your job is always challenging and different.
It Offers Excellent Career Progression
Wherever you start out in the medical field, be it as a caregiver, an enrolled nurse, or a registered nurse, there are plenty of roles you can progress into. You can work up to becoming a nurse practitioner, working both independently and within a team to provide advanced clinical care. Or a nurse manager or nurse educator. All of these roles allow you to expand on your medical skills and earn a higher salary.
It Gives You Skills Applicable to Your Everyday Life
Having the ability to respond in an emergency medical situation or being able to recognise worrying symptoms in need of further medical care can be really useful in your everyday life as well as in the nursing work environment. If you see someone collapsed in the street or your child comes down with a fever or your elderly grandmother takes a fall, you’ll have the skills and the knowledge to help and advise them.
Nursing is an admirable profession. It’s a job that requires a lot of hard work and determination but pays off by being extremely rewarding. The skills you lean on a nursing course mean you can make a real difference to the lives of the people you care for and to society as a whole.
With a background in business administration and management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.