4 Reasons Why I Chose a Career in Nursing

Benefits of a Nursing Career
Written by Maggie Hammond

Although nursing is not for everyone, here the top four reasons why I personally found it to be the best career path for my situation and desired lifestyle.

Choosing a career is an essential step in building your future identity and wealth, so when confronted with the challenge of making such a huge decision I took time do some research. After narrowing down the options to jobs that met the criteria most important to me, I eventually decided that becoming a nurse would be the best fit. Although nursing is not for everyone, here the top four reasons why I personally found it to be the best career path for my situation and desired lifestyle:

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1. I Wasn’t Sure Where I Wanted to Live

At the time I wasn’t exactly sure which city or state I wanted to make my home, but I knew that I had a desire to travel and see something other than the mundane places I grew up around. I figured there are hospitals and other healthcare facilities just about everywhere, so I’d never struggle to find prospective employers. This is the initial realization that made me decide to study for a masters in nursing online from The University of Arizona.  

2. Stable Employment Was a Top Priority

Not only did I want to be able to work just about anywhere, but I wanted the process of getting hired to be as hassle free as possible. Given the current nursing shortage, nurses are in high demand and people with nursing degrees are enjoying an unemployment rate as low as 2%. The stats sounded too good to be true — a 98% chance of staying employed and job opportunities virtually anywhere I wanted to be.

3. I Enjoyed Taking Care of People

I also determined that a nursing career would be a good fit for my personality because I’ve always enjoyed caring for others. It brings me satisfaction to know that I’m helping people feel better, so I knew that I’d have no problem working with patients. This line of work definitely isn’t for everyone. Some have theorized that one of the reasons why nursing is a predominantly a female occupation is because women tend to possess more maternal characteristics than men.

4. It Was Easy to Get a Degree Online

The cherry on top that really made me think I could easily become a nurse was the fact that you can study for a masters of science in nursing online from anywhere where there’s an internet connection. I didn’t want to be burdened with the obligation to show up at a college campus every day on time, as that would interfere with my ability to make money with my day job.

Why I Don’t Regret My Career Path One Bit

I’ve heard stories of people studying for 4-8 years and then being unhappy with their decision due to unemployment or work experiences that didn’t turn out as expected. As a nurse, I never feel like I should’ve done something else. I never have a problem getting plenty of hours, overtime pay is great, the benefits are awesome, and I always have the freedom to relocate if I really want to.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

I’ve accepted that I am where I am and it’s okay.  

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

 I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space.  I need to be mindful of my tolerance of others.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a small holding surrounded by animals.  My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?

I love peace and quiet and that’s not so easy to achieve in a world filled with people.  Read between the lines — noise gets me down.

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my space, independence, family, friends and animals

About the author

Maggie Hammond

Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations.

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