Nursing as a Career: Pros and Cons

Making the decision to start a career in nursing is not one to go into lightly. People that want to go into nursing need to consider the many pros and con that are associated with nursing. Nursing is a tremendously hard job that is extremely rewarding at times. Many people get caught up in how rewarding this career can be and do not take into account exactly how much work it requires. There is also the impact it has on your personal and family life if you are unable to find the right balance between them.

The Pros to a Nursing Career

The list of rewards to a career in nursing is extensive. Although most nurses would agree there are cons and that being a nurse is one of the hardest jobs a person can undertake, the list of pros make it a worthwhile choice. The following are just a few of the many pros nurses of different areas of expertise and experience mention when asked about their career path.

Nurses make a difference in the lives of their patients
Diverse and interesting work
Excellent pay in some areas/locations
Camaraderie with other healthcare workers
The ability to choose the nursing field that best fits the personality of the individual nurse
Flexible hours and locations are possible. Nurses can work full time, part time, on call, or can become travel nurses
Helping the patient – Nurses can help ease a worried or frightened patient. They can provide comfort and laughs to not only the patient but friends or family who visit
The ability to witness people recovering from their injuries and/or illnesses and leave the hospital healthier than when they entered.

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