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The Perks of Being a Registered Nurse: 5 of the best things about being a RN

The Perks of Being a Registered Nurse: 5 of the best things about being a RN

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by Greta Kviklyte

Life Saver, AMC
Co-authored by Kim Murray, RN, M.S.

posted on Nov 11, 2015, at 9:41 pm


KELLEY JOHNSON IS STILL INSPIRING US. Her monologue during the Miss America 2016 pageant remains an encouragement to nurses nationwide, prompting an entire hashtag (#nursesunite) all about celebrating the irreplaceable responsibilities and compassion that nursing entails. Seriously Kelley, you rock!
Nursing is about much more than the salary. If you ask an honest nurse why he or she wanted to pursue nursing, you probably won’t get an answer that has to do with salary. Instead, you’ll receive an answer that comes from the desire to help others.

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5 of the best things about being a RN

To celebrate the compassion and dedication of registered nurses, we’ve gathered what we think are the top 5 best things about being a RN:

1. Your patients will inspire you in ways you may not have been before.
infographic thumbnailWhile many people claim working in a hospital or healthcare facility may feel gloomy due to the nature of the line of work, most nurses will actually claim the opposite. Nursing is one of the most inspiring career paths you can take, filled with people who, despite their disease, injury or condition, are able to stay strong, live inspired lives and fight disease regardless of circumstances.

2. You are always learning new career skills that can transform both your work and personal life.
Nursing is an ever-growing career path, filled with opportunities to advance in seemingly countless ways. You are always learning as a nurse, it’s inevitable, and in turn, your personal life will be affected as well. Your personal health standards, way of life and even abilities to respond in situations outside of the hospital will be affected. What if a family member falls and becomes injured? What if a friend collapses? You know how to respond in these situations, and those around you will be so grateful for your lifesaving knowledge.

3. Your job is always in demand
Nurses are needed. In fact, there is a national nursing shortage and the RN workforce is expected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, hello opportunity! This amazing news means you can be rest assured that your nursing certifications and education is well worth it. (source: AACN)

4. You get to work with a diverse group of people, some may turn into everlasting friendships
More often than not, registered nurses find a best friend (or several) at work. Nursing means working long, challenging hours that may make you feel isolated at times, but you don’t have to! The co-workers surrounding you are like-minded people who most likely think like you. Hello new BFF!

5. Your patients and their families will remember you even after care
The people you care for will appreciate you so much and so will their families. People will remember the care you gave them for the rest of their lives. In fact, your previous patients and their family members may even recognize you outside of the hospital, continually expressing their gratefulness for your help. How amazing is that?

We want to know your favorite thing about being a registered nurse!

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About Greta

Greta is a dedicated life saver and a distinguished expert in the field of medical content creation and editing. Her impressive array of certifications in ACLS, CPR, PALS, and BLS underscores her commitment to excellence in the medical field. With over four years of invaluable experience in medical education, Greta plays an indispensable role within the Advanced Medical Certification team, shaping the way healthcare professionals around the world acquire and apply vital knowledge.

Greta's profound expertise serves as the driving force behind the development and distribution of medical content that has significantly enhanced the capabilities of countless healthcare practitioners across the globe.

In addition to her medical qualifications, Greta holds a prestigious academic distinction in Marketing and Global Business from Vilnius University. Her academic journey has been enriched by immersive studies in Slovakia and Portugal during her time as an exchange student, providing her with a global perspective that complements her medical expertise.

Beyond her professional commitments, Greta possesses a genuine passion for global exploration, with a particular focus on immersing herself in diverse cultures and appreciating the intricacies of the natural world. While residing in Vilnius, Lithuania, she continues to make substantial contributions to the field of medical education, leaving an indelible mark on the sector.

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  1. Alice Carroll says:

    I like that you mentioned that getting to meet all sorts of people can be a good way to form meaningful friendships when working as a nurse. My boyfriend’s dream is to become a registered nurse someday and it’s a good thing that I wouldn’t have to worry about his social with such a demanding job. On the flip side, I know that there are a lot of registered nurse jobs out there so it’s an in-demand job that will ensure that he has somewhere to go with such a career.

    1. Mackenzie Thompson says:

      Thank you for the comment, best of luck to your boyfriend in his endeavours!

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