5 Reasons You Should Become A Nurse – Even During A Pandemic

Nurses Change Lives

Nurses can make a huge impact on a patient’s life, especially with the current state of the world. Currently there is a no visitation policy at hospitals across the nation. As a nurse, this means that often you will share your patients last moments since their loved ones cannot be there.

There Is A Need for Nurses

Now more than ever, nurses are essential in all forms of healthcare everywhere in the world!  The World Health Organization (WHO) report, State of the World’s Nursing, estimates that “the total number of nurse graduates would need to increase by 8% per year on average, to address the shortage by 2030 in all countries.”

Nurses Can Work Anywhere – Literally!

Nurses work in different settings including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, government agencies, etc. You can freelance, work for insurance companies, law firms, or use your nursing career to help you travel the world; the possibilities are endless!

Nurses Can Make Excellent Earnings

As a nurse, your annual salary will vary based on numerous factors including education, specialty, location, and years of experience. Currently, nurses of all specialties stand to make some serious money. Nurses who opt to work with COVID-19 patients are making anywhere from $5k-$8k/WEEK in some states like NJ.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2019-2020 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average salary for LPNs & LVNs is $47,480. For Registered Nurses it is around $73,300, and for advance practice nurses the potential salary increases even more. For example, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioner’s median salary is upwards if $115,800.

Nurses Can Specialize In Anything

In my opinion, the best thing about nursing is the flexibility. There are opportunities to fit any lifestyle.  Typical areas of interest include Critical CareEmergency MedicineGerontologyNeonatalHospice, Public HealthOncology, and Pediatrics. You could also go the business route or go into other areas such as quality control and informatics if you do not enjoy direct patient care.

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