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10 Perks of a Nursing Career

Steve Berman | NursingLink

10 Perks of a Nursing Career

10. For nurses, the money isn’t bad (in fact, it can be pretty good)

While nurses can hardly be considered overpaid, they make a pretty respectable living for attending school for 2-4 years. The median annual wages for registered nurses were $62,450 in May 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, that’s just the average for a registered nurse. Salaries climb higher when nurses gain more education and experience, leading to advanced degrees and jobs with more responsibility. Some of the highest paying nursing specialties include certified registered nurse anesthetist ($135,000), nurse researcher ($95,000), psychiatric nurse practitioner ($95,000), and certified nurse midwife ($84,000).

So there you have it, 10 perks of a nursing career, and we didn’t even mention things like getting to wear comfortable clothes (scrubs), medical knowledge that trumps anyone you’ll meet on the street, and the ability to work on a team that helps each other through the tough spots.

For you nurses out there reading who have some secret perks you can share with us, don’t be shy – let us know why you love being a nurse in the comments section!

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