I spent 15 hours in labor with my son. But after all that time my husband and I spent searching for the “right” doctor, I spent a total of about 30 minutes with her.
My nurse, on the other hand, was the healthcare professional that was by my side coaching me through one of the most difficult and amazing experiences of my life.
I’m willing to bet that we all have a story of how a nurse has touched our lives in one way or another. Helping make someone’s life better is practically synonymous with the definition of “nurse.”
Americans spend about a third of their lives at work, but a career spent making the world a little better takes the sting out of all that time away from family.
The benefits of being a nurse don’t stop there. There are plenty of perks even beyond the feel-good moments. We talked to nurses working in the field and found seven other spectacular benefits of being a nurse.
Perk #1: Flexible schedules
Like many medical professionals, nurses work in shifts. Whether they choose 8- or 12-hour increments determines how many days a week they are on site. For nurses who work 12-hour shifts, they end often end up working just three days a week. Having days off in the middle of the week can save you valuable time in running errands, considering a lot fewer people buy groceries on Tuesdays, says Lauren Danforth, RN, BSN at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Perk #2: Return on your investment
Registered nurses earn a medial annual salary of $65,470, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This wage makes the professions one of the highest paying job opportunities for associate degree holders. And since salaries are often calculated hourly, there is opportunity to earn time-and-a-half pay for overtime work says Courtney Cushman, RN, BSN at WFH All Saints. This can definitely come in handy if you’re looking to save up some cash for a family vacation or gifts for an upcoming holiday.
Perk #3: Wear PJs to work
We’ve all had days where we stare at our closet and throw our hands up in frustration at the lack of suitable options. Nurses never have that problem while dressing for work since they get to wear an über-comfy uniform of scrubs every day.
Perk #4: Variety of career options
The average person stays at a job for only four years, according to the BLS. The vast number of specialties within the nursing field means there are a lot of opportunities to change scenery throughout your career. In fact, with more than 100 nursing specialties, you can switch jobs without having to completely switch careers, says Brian Short, RN and founder of allnurses.com.
Perk #5: Hidden health benefits
A nurse travels as much as four miles during a 12-hour shift. That’s a lot of steps that come from checking patient vitals, collecting supplies and checking in with staff. While you’ll want to invest in a quality pair of walking shoes, you will never have the problem that your cubical-based friends have, wondering how they can possibly improve their stationary lifestyle.
Perk #6: Hear more from family and friends
There is never a shortage of people looking for free medical advice. The upside of that is that your friends and family might stay in better touch with you if you are the one that can help them. From the minute you are enrolled in school you will become the medical expert in the family, says Amy Matthys, nursing dean at Rasmussen College’s Bloomington campus.
Perk #7: Something you can be proud of
All of the nurses we spoke to for this post said one thing over and over again: they love their jobs. Nursing is not only something that provides a service people need, it has been consistently rated as a profession that people trust, according to Gallup.
To sum it up …
There are many benefits to being a nurse and there is no better time to start than right now. If you are interested in learning more about lthe nursing program at Rasmussen College, check out this video on a day in the life of a nursing student.
For more about what degrees are offered, go to the School of Nursing home page.