Becoming a nurse is one of the most rewarding moves you can make. Helping others, comforting them in their time of need, assisting with their health…it is an exciting field, and it takes a very special kind of person to succeed in it. Someone who sees the joy in being there for the vulnerable. If you are a nurse, here are some ways to get the most out of your career.
Get an Advanced Degree
One of the draws of nursing for many is that you can get a position with an Associate’s degree and license. But going back to school for an advanced degree, especially if you already have a Bachelor’s, is a good idea. There are plenty of online RN to MSN programs to choose from. You could study while working. Some hospitals may even compensate you for the tuition.
Get Involved In a Specialty
You know when you hear about nurses who make $75,000 or more a year? Most of them are part of a specialty, and have been working in that department long enough for a major raise. You could experience the same benefits if you choose to enter into a specific department, such as pediatrics, radiology, or OBGYN. You may have to reenter a training program, but it is worth it.
Think Outside the Box
What are your options when working as a nurse? Your mind almost certainly went to three places: a hospital, a doctor’s office or clinic, and hospice. But there are so many more opportunities than you may realize. You could work for a search and rescue team. Travel around with a mobile blood donation center. Work with non-profits in needy countries.
Really Connect With Patients
Every nurse I have spoken to who has really loved their job has done so because they really connect with their patients on a deeper level. Their bedside manner becomes one of their primary focuses, and they really work at improving their interactions with each person who comes into their care.
Get More Out Of Your Nursing Career!
Nursing is a field that always needs good people running it. Nurses themselves are a critical resource for any medical environment. Without them, nothing would run smoothly. Other staff couldn’t function. People would lose their lives. You can make the most out of your career, and take steps to advance at the same time.