Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why a Nursing Career is the Most Highly Rewarding Career You Can Choose

Why a Nursing Career is the Most Highly Rewarding Career You Can Choose

Nursing careers provide a richly rewarding career option. If you
enjoy helping people and making a difference in their lives, then
nursing is a wonderful career choice for you. The life of a nurse
is that of selflessness and giving. Each and everyday you will
come across people in need; sick, injured, or elderly. As a nurse
you must be personable and friendly as well as caring and
supportive. Nursing careers go beyond just knowing the technical
side of nursing; it involves you being a friend and guide to your

Nurses conduct some or all of the following tasks on the job:

* Assess and gather patient information
* Diagnose patient problems and needs
* Implement nursing plans
* Provide emotional and physical support to patients
* Evaluate patient progress and results
* Communicate with the patient's family members

These are just a few of the tasks that nurses do at work. Of
course your tasks will totally depend on where you gain
employment. Not all nurses work in hospitals. There are also
options to work in schools, nursing homes and other locations.

You can also choose to specialize in particular nursing
departments. These can include child birth, palliative care,
children's wards, counseling and more. As you study to become a
nurse you will be exposed to options on each career path which
will make your decision easier. However the best way to choose a
career is to undergo work experience in a hospital or other
medical facility. Here you become exposed to all the different
specialties so that you can make a wise choice based on your area
of interest.

Nurses often work very long hours involving shift work so you
must be prepared for this and take it into consideration before
embarking on this richly rewarding career path. Although nurses
get paid a fairly high salary, nursing is not a career that
people choose for money; it is usually chosen due to a passion to
turn people's lives around.

Whether you are helping to deliver babies, helping injured people
or assisting the ill, nursing careers are highly satisfying and
rewarding. No other career offers the opportunity to make such a
profound difference upon the lives of people who truly need and
appreciate it.

Nursing Salaries

Nursing salaries are often at the center of controversy, with
most people believing that they are not high enough. Thankfully
improvements are being made to increase nursing salaries which is
good news for you if you are considering going into this

Nursing salaries are on the rise, with 2004 seeing a 14% increase
in nursing salaries. The average is said to be around the $64,000
mark with 11% of nurses in 2004 earning $75,000 or higher.

Nursing salaries for graduates differ widely between locations
but the average is around $40,000 for an entry-level nurse.

The areas with the most nursing jobs available are those in
large, major cities. These include Chicago, New York and Los
Angeles amongst others. You can also expect higher nursing
salaries in bigger cities as well as better employment benefits.
Nonetheless it can be very beneficial and rewarding to be a nurse
in a rural area. Sometimes you may be the only nurse on staff so
you provide an exceptional service to the local community. Often
nurses in very small towns achieve almost celebrity like status!

Nurses in larger cities may get paid more but their jobs are
often much more stressful. There are a much larger number of
patients and a variety of cases that come in. This can lead to
very long hours.

Nursing salaries are heavily affected by a number of factors.
Because nurses tend to work a lot of overtime their salary can
rise significantly on a week per week basis. Night shifts usually
pay more than day shifts, sometimes $5 or more extra per hour.
Most hospitals impose 12 hour shifts on nurses so night shift
workers generally start at around 7.30 pm and finish at 7.30 am.
The benefit is a four day weekend and a 36 hour week which is
still considered full time.

Nurses can work in a particular ward of the hospital such as the
maternity ward, intensive care unit, and children's ward, among
others. Nursing salaries generally do not depend upon which ward
a nurse is placed in.

Nursing salaries are on the rise and provide a good standard of
living for nurses who are one of the most important groups of
people in our society. If you are seeking a highly rewarding
career in the medical field, then working as a nurse is something
for you to consider.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Psychiatric Nursing - It Could Be Just What You Are Looking For

Psychiatric nursing can be a challenging, but rewarding profession for those that love helping people with mental health issues. Psychiatric nursing can be one of the most challenging aspects of the nursing profession. Read on to learn more about psychiatric nursing.

Any nurse can go into psychiatric nursing on a basic level. This basic level may take you into a hospital setting that has a psychiatric unit for those in crisis. It may be an adolescent psychiatric unit where you will be working with young people that have mental issues or it may be an adult psychiatric unit where you will be working with all age groups.

Go here for the full article:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

15 month nursing degree programs

There are many schools offering the 15 month nursing degree program.

Here is a short list of schools:

Monday, February 4, 2008

How much money do nurses make?

I did a review of the salaries for nurses by designations. This survey is for California but the results are close to the rest of the US, though California is in the upper rung for salaries.

Click this link to see the salaries:

see you next time!


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Nurse career videos

Here are some neat nursing career videos:

Scrubs get fancy

I bought my wife a valentine scrub the other day. I think she will get a kick out of it.

I think it is good to have these colorful scrubs on happy nurses around the hospital./

Check it out:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Start Your Career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

You have to start somewhere. If you are not ready for the 3 or 4 year route, why not try becoming a Certified Nurse Asssistant? You will learn a lot about what it takes to be an RN or to get your BSN degree. Or you just may enjoy this position forever!

Read more here....

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


There are big differences in the pay scales. I know some RNs who earn over $100,000 per year.

But money isn't everything. As my grandfather used to say: "That's true. But it sure beats what is coming in 2nd!"

This articles addresses mainly what a LPN does:

Sunday, January 6, 2008

HIV/AIDS Nursing

One nursing career that is not mentioned very often is helping people with HIV/AIDS. These folks are chronically ill and need special care, of course.

Your employers will be hospitals, hospices and long-term care agencies. This can be a very rewarding line of work but you need to be able to handle the stress of deaths.

Read on....

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Working with cancer patients

If you love to care for people and comfort them, then maybe a career as a cancer patient nurse is a good choice!

Read on....