OUR TOP 5 BENEFITS OF BEING A NURSE
Travel nursing: We love talking about the benefits. It’s kinda our jam, and you can read more about them here, here and here. It’s uplifting stuff, but here’s the thing: travel nursing is a branch of one of the most rewarding professions in the world — nursing. So for today, we drilled down and asked our nurses what they felt were some of the most rewarding benefits of nursing overall.
As you might expect, helping people was the overwhelming No. 1 response, but here are some of the other benefits our nurses listed.
* Schedule flexibility. Travel nursing offers you schedule flexibility like no other job in the world, but the truth is there’s a lot of flexibility in a traditional nursing role as well. Many of our respondents, for example, reported working evening shifts when their children were very little, and others enjoy the additional flexibility of per diem and casual work statuses.
* Job security. In today’s market, many people work in roles or with technology that were unheard of 5-10 years ago. Yet nursing has stood the test of time, and over the next 20 years our nurses know their skills will be in even greater demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses is expected to grow 15 percent by 2026, as the need for talented nurses to care for aging boomers and those battling obesity and diabetes increases. Your job is safe in nursing.
* Options. We weren’t surprised when our nurses said their roles are never boring, but the truth is they weren’t just talking about their day-to-day patient interactions. Nursing has a tremendous amount of flexibility inside of it as well. This allows you to switch specialties or roles within a given specialty and really drill down to find the work you're most passionate about.
* Trust. When it comes to trust, nurses are killing it. The profession has been recognized as the most trusted role in the country every year since 1999 — except 2001, when firefighters finished first. Our nurses really do live to help people, and it’s amazing when the public recognizes that.
That’s our list. Now it’s your turn. What did we miss? What benefits make you love nursing? Let us know in the comments below.