3 Ways a Nursing Degree Can Transform Your Life
How often have you wondered why everything in life just seems so mundane? From the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed each night, it seems like nothing feels as though it makes a difference. You go to the same old job with the same old duties and this is not where you pictured yourself at this point in your life. You are still young and looking to make some radical changes in your career path. Have you considered the field of nursing? Let’s look at just three ways a nursing degree can transform your life...
1. Personal Fulfilment
Nursing has always been considered to be a “helping career.” This means that you are in a position to help more than just the patients you are charged with. You assist doctors by carrying out their orders as well as being their eyes and ears. You help families of patients who have difficulties dealing with illness and the possible passing of a loved one. Of course, you know that, as a nurse, your focus is on the patient, but there is a sense of personal satisfaction and fulfilment when you realize you played an important part in that patient’s life.
2. Better Than Average Salary
While RNs make an annual median salary of roughly $57,000 a year, a Bachelor of Science in nursing salary is listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as being just about $71,000. That’s the difference between a two-year degree as an RN and one who holds a BSN. Now then, when you are comparing comparable degrees, nursing shows just how financially rewarding it can be. A teacher with a four-year degree who teaches K-12 makes roughly what that nurse makes with a two-year degree and that would be about $57,000 per year. That’s a median pay difference of about $14,000 for an equivalent length of study. That’s better than average, wouldn’t you say?
3. Room for Professional Growth
Whether you enter the field as a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant), an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or an RN (Registered Nurse), there is always room for professional growth. Nurses can go on to graduate school to become educators, nurse practitioners or even administrators. There is plenty of room for professional growth that leads to a transformation in life that comes along with growth. The transformation in your financial status as well as in personal gratification will do much to alleviate this sense of ‘going nowhere in life’ you are now experiencing.
It all begins with a mindset that you can do more and be more in life. It takes knowing who you are and what you’d like to accomplish. There is no need to settle for complacency when there are so many avenues to explore. Nursing is a helping career, that’s true, but it is also a way to help yourself realize your full potential. It’s a fulfilling career and one with plenty of room for upward growth. Did you know you can help yourself best by helping others? That’s nursing, a passion for life – yours and those you serve!
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