I said it before in one of my Facebook videos, and I will say it again. I am proud to be a nurse. As I’ve mentioned in that particular video, nurses are everywhere, taking risks when needed, comforting people who are scared and hurting, taking care of people even without sleep so that others can rest more easily.
In this line of work, hard work is not enough. We show compassion, courage, honesty, knowledge- and ethics-informed responsiveness, and empathy. When it comes to delivering care, nurses are ever-present, forming relationships with patients and their families.
It’s more than just a job. It turns out to be a way of life. There are always reasons to be unhappy, and nursing can often give you pretty compelling reasons to feel miserable without trying too hard. Problems such as burnout, exhaustion, and mental stress can throw you into an emotional tailspin, and we often talk about those challenges on my Nurse X’s and O’s podcast. But now, we’re focusing on the things we love.
Have a look at these 10 reasons why you should be proud to be a nurse or a nursing student.
Reason #1: Nurses are highly respected
Nursing is one of the most respected fields in the world. Nurses are the key link between doctors and patients. Every situation is different, but many times the patient will interact a great deal more with the nurse than the doctor. Many nurses find that this is one of the most personally rewarding fields they can imagine. We make a difference in our patients’ lives and the well-being of our communities.
Reason #2: Nursing skills are useful
Nurses are the backbone of every healthcare system in the world. We are the frontline superstars of patient care. The education we’ve acquired during our nursing programs does not only apply to our patients at the workplace. We end up being aware and more attentive to spot problems, which show up in our daily life routine at home and other places outside our workplaces.
Reason #3: Nursing remains a popular career choice
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing (RN) is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2026. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 2.9 million in 2016 to 3.4 million in 2026, an increase of 438,100 or 15%. The Bureau also projects the need for an additional 203,700 new RNs each year through 2026 to fill newly created positions and to replace retiring nurses.
Reason #4: There is so much to learn
Education doesn’t end after nurses graduate and become licensed RNs. We continue to learn throughout our careers to gain knowledge so we can competently fulfill our scope of practice and standards of care. It may include formal or informal educational opportunities such as enrolling in traditional or online degree programs, joining nursing associations, obtaining specialty certification, collaborating with other healthcare professionals, volunteering on committees, and many more.
Reason #5: Endless opportunities
Some people may argue that you must work in the hospital to be a real nurse, but we know that this perception is entirely untrue. Many nurses have explored the endless possibilities for nurses including all manners of outpatient clinical positions, as well as medical sales and training, various clinical and non-clinical specialties, teaching, and many more. Some nurses like me even combine their training, education, and experience with being a mentor, an author, or other additional professional development outside the healthcare field.
Reason #6: Nurse entrepreneurship
Nurse entrepreneurs use their professional nursing experience and education to start their own business in the healthcare industry. Business ventures established by Registered Nurses may include developing and selling a health product or medical device, or offering independent nursing services like patient care, nursing education, or consulting services. Becoming a nurse entrepreneur requires creativity, hard work, and strong business skills.
Reason #7: Nursing education brings a guaranteed job
Getting a nursing degree will pretty much guarantee you a job because there are many different career paths that you can take once you have the right qualifications. From administration offices to the Army — everywhere we need nurses. Nurses will be needed 24 hours a day and all the days of the year. As a nurse, you learn and explore skills that are great and suitable for any other alternative career in the field of healthcare.
Reason #8: A humble and noble profession
Nursing is an underappreciated job. We change diapers, give a bed bath, drain urine, but regardless of all these humbling responsibilities, we have to face an angry folk, meet the demands of doctors, handle difficult patients, and even cope with the requirements of the hospital. Sometimes, we have to miss a holiday to celebrate it with a stranger, and fail to take care of our own family, just to nurse the family of others. Despite this ugly truth, we remain compassionate and dedicated to our calling.
Reason #9: Unlimited Rewards
Nursing is undeniably a rewarding profession. In case you are a nurse already, you must have felt the bliss of being one. The reward of seeing your patient cure, doing good deeds for living, changing people’s lives, the respect and the hugs from the patients are all rewarding and content giving.
Reason #10: Nurses are amazing
There are more than a hundred reasons why nurses are amazing. We are smart, we have people skills, we make people feel safe, we have boundless energy, we are calm under pressure, we are team players, we are versatile, we are professionals, and most importantly, we save lives. This list could go on, but you know my point already.
To the nurses and other healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, here is a huge shout out to you! Thank you for everything you do and for showing the world that there is light during these dark days. I’ve never been more proud to be a nurse.
Use the #thenetworknurse and tell us in the comments why you’re proud to be a nurse.