The 9 Best Things About Being a Nurse

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Nurses are in huge demand in Australia, especially as our population continues to age and grow. While it is by no means an easy career to undertake, yet it is absolutely a rewarding one. Whether you are nursing in professional practice or in a hospital Here’s a look at 9 of the best things about being a nurse today.

Job Security is High

According to a report by the Australia Bureau of Statistics in 2011, 257,200 nurses were employed in Australia, up from 191,100 in 2001. And while that might seem like a staggering amount of competition when it comes to vying for the same jobs, the reality is our country will always be crying out for more nurses. This is especially true considering our ageing population.

Wonderful Patient Relationships

Nurses are renowned for forming far closer bonds with patients than physicians – mostly due to the fact they spend a lot more one on one time with the patient than the Doctor does. These bonds are often everlasting and remain strongly in place long after the care has been completed. In such traumatic situations it can be easy to form a strong and enduring bond with someone so instrumental in saving your life or helping you recover from an illness or injury. Nurses are the most compassionate people you will meet so nurturing these relationships is absolutely a career highlight.

A Rewarding Career Awaits

Could there be any more of a rewarding career than being charged with keeping someone alive? When a nurse goes to work each day it is with the implicit knowledge they will help save a life or make the passing on from a life as gently and dignified as possible.  Ultimately, humanity is at the heart of everything a nurse does, and there can be no more rewarding career than that.

Transferrable Life Skills

The skills you learn in your profession as a nurse also translate well into everyday life. Nurses are excellently equipped to cope with a range of stressful situations and all manner of sicknesses – not to mention people skills, with the many walks of life they will come into contact with on any given day. You’ll also never meet a better listener than a nurse – it is all part of their daily role to play the part of an excellent communicator with patients and families, as well as being empathetic. Finally, if an emergency arises – perhaps on a plane, your son’s soccer match or even while you are doing your weekly grocery shop – a nurse carries with her the on the job knowledge which daily saves lives.

You Command Respect

The centuries old profession of nursing will always be considered noble. Viewed as an upstanding member of the community people are in awe at a nurses ability to be empathetic, compassionate, intelligent and a quick thinker. There are not so many roles which require so much of someone as a nurse, and the community will always admire someone who gives so selflessly of themselves to ensure another’s wellbeing.  It’s also important to note nurses give as much respect as they command. Not only do they value rules and order, but they are the discreet and revere different cultures and traditions.

Flexible work arrangements

Nurses in hospitals work on a shift rotation, something which can provide flexibility. Skipping the mundane 9-5 corporate treadmill can equate to time off during the day to run errands, schedule in appointments or spend time with family and friends. As well, nurses in the public sector in Queensland enjoy such benefits as paid annual leave (with loading), paid parental leave as well as the ability to take up to 12 months off for career advancement study. This flexibility is undoubtedly a bonus to those thinking about this as a career.

Remuneration

Ask any nurse and they will assure you this isn’t a career all about money – it’s far more about caring and people and making a huge difference in their lives when they most need it. But, thankfully, this is a sector which is compensated well. According to the Australia Bureau of Statistic Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, in 2004, full-time adult non-managerial nursing professionals earned $1028.30 per week on average (excluding overtime) while enrolled nurses pocketed $715.30 per week.

Career advancement

There are ample avenues to explore when it comes to career advancement as a nurse. Starting out as a Registered Nurse (after you have graduated and obtained your nursing licence), you will be able to explore many options if you’d like to specialise.  Some of these include:

  • Paediatric Nurse
  • Aged Care Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Midwife

Yes, you will be required to obtain the necessary skills in order to do one of these specialist roles, but it always heartening to know there is room for career progression if that is what you seek.

Inspiration

There is no career more inspiring than nursing. You are privy to amazing miracles and feats of human nature which will live with you forever. Or you get to see people who have been hurt in the most traumatic way rise up and defeat the odds. These everyday people will bless you will an abundance of heart-warming moments which will last you a lifetime.

If you are a nurse, or are looking to hire one, Best Practice Nursing is the name you need to know. Established in 2011, we have forged strong relationships with health care organisations in NSW. Contact us on 1300 687733 to find out more.


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