Why would someone go into nursing? If you ask yourself this question, you are probably very familiar with the downside of the nursing profession. I have been a nurse for about 8 years now and I am well aware of the downsides as well. Fortunately, I have also been made aware of the many benefits of being a nurse. Let me enlighten you on both sides of the corner.

The cons of a career in nursing

  1. Ignorant people will see you as a glorified waiter or waitress. They probably picture you picking up potties all day. Which brings me to con #2

  2. You will have to bring a lot of potties.

  3. Sometimes you will feel underpaid for the work you do. Just remember the difference you are making.

  4. You will be understaffed most of the time. This is something you have to deal with in many fields now.

  5. You will work long hours, half the time on holidays and weekends.

  6. Nursing school is very challenging. You will have to study more than most college students.

  7. There are health risks when working in the medical field. You could be exposed to any amount of food. However, there are many resources and safeguards to avoid it.

Don’t let this list scare you just yet. There are still many benefits to being a nurse. Read a little more before making your decision.

The pros of a career in nursing

  1. You will positively impact the lives of your patients and their families. Even when your patients have poor outcomes, you can still make a positive impact. This alone could be enough of a reward to go to the field.

  2. There are so many different areas to work in nursing. You can do GPN in dozens of different roles, or you can do something like case management. You can go into administration, research, or even write a blog like I did.

  3. The nursing field has some of the best job security of any profession. If you can’t find a job in a specialty, there is always another option.

  4. Most nurses only work 3 days a week. I prefer to work a regular schedule, but this type of schedule gives you the ability to get things done during the week.

  5. You will be constantly challenged to grow and improve. This is something that may seem difficult at first, but it will help you tremendously later in your career.

  6. You will have a whole community of fellow nurses. Nurses tend to stick together. They’re your band of brothers… or sisters. Nurses have to depend on each other constantly. This creates a unique closeness that is not always found in other fields.

  7. Last but not least, you can wear scrubs to work, leading your friends to think that your life is like Grey’s Anatomy. I assure you that it will not be like that. Actually, there are no nurses on that show anyway.

There are many more professionals than I could put on this list. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career. Unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. If the “Pros” didn’t buy you in and the “Cons” scared you off, then nursing is probably not for you. It takes a unique person to be a good nurse.