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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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    MBakerRN

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    Nursing can be a fulfilling career, but unfortunately many seasoned RN's can become unbearable. In fact many of the nurse managers I work with seem be be very nasty, rude, and out of touch with reality. I am hopefull towards my future in nursing, and I am happy that I became a registered nurse.

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    andreana

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with others that this is not a guaranteed secure profession. It took me 4 years to get a full time RN job offered to me. I spent hours upon hours filling out applications and trying to network in a profession that is "so short on people", I even have a Bachelors degree. Maybe it has something to do with what area you happen to live in also, I'm in southern California. Don't let this article fool you I lost my home while looking for work as a nurse.

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    NurseT2009

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    For the people complaining about not finding a job you must be new grads. I agree new grads are finding it very difficult to find a job. However, once you have a year under your belt the sky's the limit. I know I'm a traveler and can travel to all 50 states not mention overseas. If you have a year or two under your belt and can't find a job there must be another reason than no job market. For the LPNs. I would highly recommend going back for RN. Most hospitals are pushing the LPN out which makes it very difficult to find a job unless you work in a nursing home. There can only be so many Dr. Office jobs. Check out indeed.com in any state.

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    BeckyJN

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I take it as a perk to just have a career. With the way the job market is becoming nowadays, we are fortunate to have jobs, especially one that is in such high demand.

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    workingnurse

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    Nursing generally rates high in respect from communities. Now, if we can just generate more respect among ourselves.

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    Sceaminay

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    stupid article. its not that easy to find a job. take this thing down and stop misleading people please, steve berman

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    Pollyanne1961

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Job security isn't always a sure thing. Where I live, it's hard to find a job as a nurse. I expirienced this first hand. The clinic I worked at was being purchased by another bigger clinic and they laid about 50 people off, me being one of them. I'm an LPN and for 6 weeks I looked hard for a job. I couldn't "buy" a job if I tried. No one wants LPNs anymore. I'm lucky that I was able to get on at an Agency which, I'm now considering a blessing. I plan to work about 6 mos to gain some funds to go back and get my RN. I hope that w/in the next 2 years to have my RN and become a traveling nurse.
    Moral to the story: just because you're a nurse doesn't necessarily mean job security. At least not in Kansas.

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    tabbigirl87

    over 3 years ago

    64 comments

    Free band-aids? Seriously? LOL. I had known some of these perks when I decided to become a nurse. My main reason for chosing this profession over architecture or engineering is because I like helping people feel better, it gives me more personal satisfaction than say, designing and building the newest high-rise. I can't stand desk jobs, I'm the kind of person who needs to move around and daily repetition of the same exact things annoys me. The salary, benefits and flexible schedules are also big pluses.

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    jenandbill8605

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Free band-aids!!!

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