What is nursing?

Is Nursing A Good Career?

Are you planning to choose nursing as your career?

If so, here’s all you need to know!

What is nursing?


Nursing is one of the professions in the health care industry. The primary duty of a nurse is to care for and treat illness, promote health, etc.

The nurse should have good communication skills because they need to interact with both doctors and patients. Moreover, a nurse should care for and understand the pain and the feelings of his patients.

In the healthcare environment, nurses play a vital role; without them, healthcare won’t function.

Here’s a piece of good news for those planning to choose nursing as a career.

Internationally, there is a demand for qualified nurses. In many healthcare centers, especially those in developing countries, the nurses aren’t qualified. So, in reality, they aren’t providing good treatment to their patients.

Thus, if you’re a qualified nurse, there’s a pretty high demand for you, and you’re helping society as well.

What is the salary of a nurse?

Your salary as a nurse depends on the nursing job type and the location you’re working.  

Some of the popular types of nurses and their average salary in the United States:

       Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): $48,500/year

       Registered Nurse (RN): $75,510/year

       Nurse Practitioner: $111,840/year

       Nurse Educator: $83,160/year

       Critical Care Nurse: $63,263/year

       Travel Registered Nurse: $66,000/year

       Home Care Registered Nurse: $63,500/year

       Nurse Supervisor: $74,000/year

       Oncology Registered Nurse: $71,730/year

       Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (ARPN): $97,357/year

As you can see, nurses make a good amount of money. If your skills and experience as a nurse are higher than others, you will receive a better salary. But, even as a fresher, you can make a pretty good amount of money through nursing.

Having seen the average annual salary of the popular types of nurses, you will be pretty eager to learn their job roles, correct? No worries! I have clearly explained them below.

Job roles of the popular types of nurses

The following are the job roles of the popular types of nurses.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

First of all, licensed practical nurses are in pretty high demand.

An LPN’s role is to observe patient’s health, assist doctors and registered nurses (RN), interact with patients and their families.

Moreover, government agencies hire licensed practical nurses to consult regarding implementing health-related plans, health-related issues in communities, etc.

As an LPN, apart from working in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices, you can also work in other industries. For example, you can work in the real estate industry as a first-aid nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered nurses make a considerable amount of money. But their responsibilities are pretty high.

Some of the responsibilities of registered nurses include:

       Supervising licensed practical nurse (LPN) and other assistants.

       Observing the health of patients.

       Assist during operation sessions.

       Perform activities such as checking blood pressure, administering injections, etc.

       Provide medical care during emergency situations.

As mentioned above, the registered nurse should be experienced, responsible, and knowledgeable to perform crucial responsibilities. Also, the RNs are the ones cooperating with physicians.

Nurse Practitioner

The role of a nurse practitioner is pretty similar to a physician.

Some of the responsibilities of a nurse practitioner are as follows:

       Recording patient’s symptoms.

       Diagnosing them.

       Interpret the test results of patients.

       Examine the patients both physically and through records.

       Know the effectiveness of treatment. This can be known by regular follow-up of the patient.

As a nurse practitioner, you’ll have to assess your assistants. Thus, good leadership quality is essential to become a nurse practitioner.

Also, since a nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse, it takes quite some time to become one. Experience is also essential to become a nurse practitioner.

Nurse Educator

As the name suggests, nurse educator is involved in teaching other nurses. Nurse educators are often found in universities, but in some cases, they can be found in hospitals and other health care centers as well.

Nurse educators are the ones who trained skilled professional nurses. So, experience and some academic knowledge and degree (probably master’s or doctoral) are essential to become a nurse educator.

Critical Care Nurse

Critical care nurses provide treatment and care to patients under critical conditions. So, in many cases, the ICU patients will be treated by the critical care nurse.

Some of the responsibilities of a critical care nurse are as follows:

       Closely monitor the patient in critical conditions.

       Frequently update the doctor, in addition to frequently updating the patient and his family members.

       Take care of the patients undergoing recovery in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

       Prepare, administer, and record the prescribed medications/medicines.

Travel Registered Nurse

Travel nurses are registered nurses (RN) traveling from and to different locations and healthcare centers.

Travel nurses perform pretty much the same functions as registered nurses (RN). The only difference is travel nurses work in a particular healthcare center temporarily compared to the registered nurses who work full-time.

Home Care Registered Nurse

As the name suggests, home care nurses are the ones who provide treatment to the patients in their homes. They treat patients under the guidance of physicians.

Some of the responsibilities of a home care nurse include:

       Paying visits to patient’s homes and monitor their conditions.

       Administer medicines and injections.

       Monitor patient’s recovery and answer the queries of the patient and his family members.

       Prepare reports to track the patient’s recovery.

Nurse Supervisor

Nurse supervisors assess and lay guidelines for other nursing staff.

Since they are the supervisors, the nurse supervisors accomplish the human resource objectives for nurses. They have to train, coach, and discipline other nurses.

Moreover, to be a nurse supervisor, good communication skill is essential.

Oncology Registered Nurse

Oncology nurses are the registered nurses who provide care and treatment to patients with cancer.

Generally, oncology nurses work with physicians, but you may get a management role if you’re highly experienced.

Oncology nurses mostly work on the weekdays on a shift basis. Since the oncology nurse deals with cancer, they should know about nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Also, they should communicate with the patients well.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse treat and diagnose patient’s problems, illness, etc. They are high-level nurses, and they make a pretty good income.

Also, since they are higher-level nurses, they have higher responsibilities. Their duties and responsibilities fall between a registered nurse (RN) and physician. Due to their high level of knowledge, advanced practice nurses can prescribe medications/medicines to their patients in many places.

Do you know?! Registered nurses function under the supervision of advanced practice nurses.

Conclusion: Is nursing a good career?

I hope this detailed blog was helpful to you in deciding whether or not nursing suits you. As a nurse, in addition to making good money, you’ll also help society.

As mentioned before, there are various types of nurses, and you have to aim to choose one that suits you the best. If you want to become a nurse practitioner, then working as an assistant nurse or something similar might be beneficial.

Summing up the blog, nursing is an excellent career choice!


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