2. You crave job stability
During uncertain economic times, a career with job stability is hard to come by — but the demand for nurses remains steady.
Sun Jones, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Systematic Plan of Program and Curriculum evaluator for the University of Phoenix College of Nursing, explains: “Even before the pandemic, there have been persistent staff shortages in all nursing fields. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the nursing shortage and is challenging the current workforce due to increased demand for healthcare-related services.”
For the 2021-2031 decade, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 6% growth rate for registered nurses, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations, and a 40% growth rate for advanced practice registered nurse careers such as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.
3. You seek a competitive salary
Nursing is a well-compensated profession. According to BLS, RNs earned an annual salary range between $59,450 and $120,250* in May 2021, although experience, specializations and location can greatly impact a nurse’s salary.
Jones adds that many companies offer certain benefits to attract nurses. Typical benefit packages for nurses can include paid sick time, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, and health and life insurance.
*Salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level or career advancement. BLS data is geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.
4. You like career options and flexibility
One of the most appealing aspects of nursing may just be the variety of nursing jobs available. Depending on your nursing education level, experience and additional certifications, careers such as direct patient care, research, nurse practitioner, administration and nursing education are available. An RN can work for hospitals, schools, clinics, community health sites, and government and private agencies. Different specialties include oncology, pediatrics, hospice, emergency and more. Options for an RN with the proper education and experience are extensive.
Flexible schedules are also a huge perk for nurses. Shift work often ranges between eight and 12 hours and is not limited to business hours, which can be beneficial for parents and caregivers. Some hospital units even offer their employees the ability to self-schedule. And as advanced technology continues to evolve our workplaces, nurses can now join the remote workforce. Practically unheard of a decade ago, remote telehealth nursing is now a viable option.