You know its got to be more than just the money that keeps you coming back for more. Nobody would keep doing this job just for the cash.
So what’s good about nursing, and what are some of the job perks? Here are the first 9 that come to my mind today.
- Friendships among peers – You probably made friends in nursing school. And its easy to make friends with coworkers. With so many similarities, you would have to try hard to not make friends at any nursing job.
- A way to express a caring spirit – Some are born with gifts and abilities to nurture others. For these, a career in nursing is often just the thing that fulfills their heart. The associated sensitivity also makes one vulnerable to others’ negativity. But that same sensitivity is a key element in caring well.
- Reputation for excellence – It just feels good knowing that doctors ask for you, by name, to care for their patients. When you have proven yourself to them, they want you above all other nurses to take care of their especially difficult cases.
- Pride in knowing how to do your job very well – Intimately knowing your specialty’s expectations feels great! For instance, correctly coaching total joint patients through sitting and standing precautions makes a huge difference in their successful recovery.
- The knowledge that you are trusted with complex treatments – Doctors give complex orders sometimes. And it feels pretty good to confidently carry them out – and maybe also explain them to a new nurse that you are training.
- Respect from the community – How many times have you gained immediate admiration of a new acquaintance at the news that you are a nurse? Its astounding how impressed the general public is with nurses! They always say, “Oh, I could never do what you do!”
- Honor received from police and firemen – When you get pulled over for speeding, while wearing your scrubs, you are more likely to receive a warning than a ticket. Cops and firemen know you will be treating them when (not if) they get injured on the job. So they treat you with special honor.
- Being trusted by vulnerable patients and families – When patients receive a new diagnosis, and have no clue how to comprehend what the doctor has just said, you break it down for them. You give them bite-sized pieces that they can manage, and you teach them how to help themselves. When they trust you, you can empower them.
- The hope of maybe making a real difference in somebody’s life and outcome – There is nothing like the feeling you get when you find out you have said or done something that impacted a vulnerable person in a positive and permanent way.
What other nursing job perks can you think of?
Need some encouragement? Check this out. I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse