The Allure of Nursing as a Lifelong Profession

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When we talk about the nursing industry, a lot of what we hear is about how tired nurses are, how hard they work day in and day out and how involved they are in their practice. What many non-nurses miss is the “why.” Why would someone choose to be a nurse?

Paula Marantz Cohen, professor of English at Drexel University, asked this exact question as she watched two acquaintances leave their professions for nursing.  

My other acquaintance, Katie Fitzpatrick, a younger woman and an Ivy League graduate, has worked for three years since her graduation at a New York hedge fund. She doesn’t dislike her job, she says, but she doesn’t feel suited to it. ‘I had never before considered nursing,’ she told me, ‘but one day I came across an article about nurse practitioners and everything sort of clicked. It was the first time I said – I want to do that!’”

What is it about the nursing industry that’s pulling professionals out of all types of fields and into the medical world? We have answers! Here are the top 5 reasons being a nurse is 100% worth the blood, sweat and tears.

You have the ability to support people physically AND emotionally.

Nurses put their all into their patient’s lives. How great does it feel to send a patient home happy and healthy, knowing you nurtured he or she back to health? An ancient Chinese saying has been proving happiness through helping others for ages, If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Scientific studies have proven the pleasures of giving are the same of those stimulated by food. What’s better than food and making the world a healthier, happier place? Nothing.

People respect your duty as a nurse.

When someone finds out you’re a nurse, their face automatically reads a discovery of newfound respect. Nurses work long hours, see and care for many special cases a day, are highly educated and make huge contributions to the well-being of their patients. You can’t deny the incredible feeling when your parents, friends or loved ones brag about your practice of taking care of the world, one shift at a time.

There is never a job shortage.

While we’re seeing a growing number of heros entering the practice, there remains to be a shortage of nurses in America. We currently have 3 million nurses in our country, making up the largest segment of healthcare workforce, yet, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 1.2 million vacancies emerging RN positions. Hello, job security!

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You’ll never get bored.

There’s a reason you can’t stand working a desk job. You need something fast-pace, something that will keep you on your feet and always thinking critically.

I love the idea of working in a fast-pace OR, where you need to think on your feet and solve problems as a part of a team,” said Sadaf Gharesi, RN.


You’re the hero of every unusual situation.

Whether you’re at a baseball game and someone gets hit in the eye or you’re walking down the street when someone falls and can’t get up, nurses are always there for those movie moments to save the day. Sometimes the best moments as a nurse are having the experience and training to be the first responder in everyday situations. When you hear someone yell, “Is anyone here a nurse?” You whip out that nurse cape and get to it, with pride in your eyes and warmth in your heart.

When were your best moments as a nurse? Share with us your heroic adventures! @TriageStaff

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