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10 Perks of a Nursing Career

Steve Berman | NursingLink

10 Perks of a Nursing Career

9. Nurses play an important role in the lives of others

While saving a life sounds glamorous, every single task a nurse undertakes can help a patient’s wellbeing, and the standard job duties of a nurse put them right in the middle of life-changing events for the patients in their care. Where else can someone say they helped someone through a broken bone, serious illness, and childbirth in the same day?

Like any job, nurses can find themselves taking what they do for granted, and sometimes patients do, too. It can be disheartening when patients are rude, resist treatment, or generally try to make nurses’ lives difficult. But patients do come along who are so grateful, so thankful and kind, that it makes all the bad patients seem worthwhile – at least for a little while.

Perhaps that’s why the U.S. News and World Report named “registered nurse” as one of “The 50 Best Careers of 2011.” As they noted:

From the squeal of a newborn facing the world for the first time to the final heartbeat tolling the end of a life—and all the flu shots, broken bones, mammograms, weigh-ins, and check-ups in between—nurses play a central role in the milestones and minutiae of most Americans’ lives.

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