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Turn Your Hobby into a Nursing Career

When you first start thinking about your future career, you may immediately be inclined to choose one based on pay and a positive job outlook. But what about choosing a profession that also keeps you interested and happy for years to come? Consider your hobbies – what do you like to do for fun? By narrowing down a few of them, it could lead you to a career in nursing.

How Your Hobby Could Relate to Nursing

Hobbies are important. They provide you with an opportunity to really express yourself. For example, whether you enjoy scrapbooking or drawing with your child, it shows your love for detail and quality time spent with others. The same goes for a job in nursing. If you enjoy getting to know and spending time with others and have an eye for detail, you may want to consider a career in nursing. A nurse often chooses the field because of the interaction with patients, as well as the opportunity to be a leader and help others.

It may help to write down the hobbies or activities you enjoy and what motivates you. Or, you may want to take a peek at nursing Pinterest boards or nursing Facebook pages to see if anything their sparks your interest. Taking a deeper look at those will allow you to determine whether a career in nursing would be the best fit for you.

Why it’s Important to Find Happiness in Your Job

When you participate in a hobby, it is something you are choosing to spend your time on. There are only so many hours in a week we get to truly spend time doing what we want to do; a job could be included in this.

Bill Hartman, Nursing Dean at Rasmussen College Green Bay Campus, chose to become a nurse because he was passionate about it.

“I began my nursing career over 30 years ago because I was very interest in the areas that can go wrong in a human body,” said Hartman.” [Also,] I was easily able to interact with both male and female patients in a caring role as opposed to a diagnostic role.”

Does this fit you? Do you have a strong desire to learn more about how the body works? Do you have a caring and compassionate personality? These are all reasons why many nurses find happiness in this profession.

Choosing to follow a career path that will satisfy you to the fullest extent, including happiness, are something worth striving for if afforded the opportunity. A Kansas State University researcher performed a study in 2009 that found when employees were happy and were satisfied with their job, they were better performing and were less likely to leave their job. Therefore, employers have realized happiness is important, which is another reason you may want to search for what inspires you, which will in turn create a better outcome.

Hobbies Bring Out Your Skills

When considering your hobbies, also keep in mind the skills you use while taking part in that activity. Maybe you enjoy the discipline yoga brings you. For example, you must be at a yoga class at a particular time, and go frequently to achieve the best results. A hobby that includes discipline is great for someone working in nursing. For example, a disciplined nurse must obey rules, be prompt, flexible and display endurance. Or, maybe being a parent has provided you with a high level of patience, another skill much sought over in the nursing profession.

Still Need a Little Help?

If you still need suggestions on how to figure out a career path for you, you may want to consider taking the StrengthsFinder assessment to help you find a job that bodes well with your strengths.

In the mean time, tear that tablet or notebook out of your bag, and begin jotting down your best attributes, as well as brainstorming your hobbies to see if it relates to a career as a nurse.

Jennifer Pfeffer

Jennifer is a Content Marketing Specialist at Collegis Education who researches and writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about learning and higher education and enjoys writing engaging content to help current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.


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