101 Reasons to Be a Nurse


By University Alliance

Choosing to be a nurse is a great decision. Many nurses who complete RN to BSN or MSN degree programs already know about the great advantages, incredible career opportunities and vast possibilities of being a nurse. There are certainly more than 101 reasons why nursing is a fabulous profession. Here are a few:

  1. Nursing is a time-honored profession of great historical significance.
  2. Nursing is respected by friends and family.
  3. Nursing is respected by other professions.
  4. Use your nursing profession as a springboard for your own home-health business (nursing and business).
  5. Use your nursing profession as a springboard for a career as a legal nurse consultant (nursing and law).
  6. Use your nursing profession as a springboard for a career as a forensics nurse (nursing and the crime scene).
  7. Use your nursing profession as a springboard for a career in nursing informatics (nursing and information technology).
  8. Use your nursing profession as a springboard for a career as a pharmaceutical or medical device representative.
  9. Use your nursing profession as a springboard for a career with a medical supply/medical technology company.
  10. Work for a corporation as an employee health nurse.
  11. Work as a summer camp nurse.
  12. Work as a school nurse and have the summer off.
  13. Option to work full-time or part-time.
  14. Option to work weekends or weekdays.
  15. Option to work days or nights.
  16. Option to work over-time.
  17. Option to work with children, adults or the elderly.
  18. Job opportunities in every state of the U.S.
  19. Job opportunities overseas.
  20. Job opportunities in the active military.  
  21. Job opportunities with the VA, working with veterans.
  22. Financial stability.
  23. Infinite opportunity for advancement.
  24. Job security.
  25. Emotionally rewarding.
  26. Nurses are trusted by patients.
  27. Nurses are always needed; can be a steady flow of income.
  28. Work in the exciting world of healthcare.
  29. Have the chance to help others.
  30. Variety on the job; no repetitive tasks.
  31. Interesting work.
  32. No costly career clothes; just wear a uniform or scrubs.
  33. Gain medical knowledge to keep yourself healthy.
  34. Gain medical knowledge to help others get or stay healthy.
  35. Nursing is open to men and women.
  36. Work as a travel nurse and see the country.
  37. Work as a travel nurse and see the world.
  38. Have the ability to comfort the ill and dying.
  39. Experience the thrill of helping a baby being born.
  40. Jobs in nursing are easy to find.
  41. Jobs in nursing are always available.
  42. Help your family members when they are sick.
  43. Help in an emergency.
  44. Help in an accident.
  45. Work in disaster preparation.
  46. Work in a hospital.
  47. Work in a doctor’s office or public health clinic.
  48. Work in a college’s student health clinic.
  49. Work with patients from different cultures and backgrounds.
  50. Nursing is an interesting and ever-changing profession.
  51. Nursing is not a boring desk job.
  52. Give back: work in a free clinic at a homeless mission.
  53. Give back: work on a medical missions team.
  54. Learn interesting things about the human body.
  55. Interact with interesting people in other healthcare professions.
  56. Healthcare is constantly changing; nurses are always learning something new.
  57. Be a respected advocate for healthy lifestyles, such as smoking cessation.
  58. Many nurses are poised to retire; new nurses will have great job opportunities nowandin the future.
  59. Be a nurse manager; supervise care on a unit or department.
  60. Advance in management; supervise care of a hospital as a chief nurse executive.
  61. Opportunities for fast-paced work, like the emergency department.
  62. Opportunities for quiet and gentle work, like hospice.
  63. Vast educational opportunities; nursing schools are all over the country.
  64. Educational options: study at a four-year college for a BSN.
  65. Educational options: study at a community college for an ADN.
  66. Community colleges are an affordable way to enter the nursing profession.
  67. Advance your education with an online RN to BSN program, designed for working nurses.
  68. Many hospitals have a tuition reimbursement program for the RNs who wish to advance their formal education.
  69. Nursing professors generally care about student success.
  70. Advance your career with a master’s or doctoral degree; many are offered online.
  71. Many financial aid opportunities for nursing school.
  72. Many nursing schools offer evening and weekend classes.
  73. Programs exist for loan forgiveness for nursing school in exchange for public service.
  74. Help people fight cancer as an oncology nurse.
  75. Help Native Americans as part of the Indian Health Service.
  76. Specialize in an area of interest, such as cardiology.
  77. Specialize in an area of interest, such as patient safety and quality improvement.
  78. Advance your career: have increased autonomy and responsibility as a nurse practitioner.
  79. Advance your career: have increased autonomy and responsibility as a nurse anesthetist.
  80. Advance your career: have increased autonomy and responsibility as a nurse midwife.
  81. Nursing knowledge can be handy when you have a sick child.
  82. Nursing knowledge can be handy when you have elderly parents.
  83. Choose a 9-to-5 option as an insurance company nurse.
  84. Teach in a school of nursing as a faculty member.
  85. Write a nursing book or journal; advance knowledge in the profession.
  86. Job longevity; many nurses work for 40 years or more in their profession.
  87. Nursing is an attractive option for EMTs and paramedics who wish to advance.
  88. Help people recover from accidents or strokes as a rehabilitation nurse.
  89. Help people overcome drugs/alcohol problems as an addictions recovery nurse.
  90. Nurses are needed 24/7.
  91. Nurses can switch days or shifts with co-workers.
  92. Nursing is a challenging and stimulating profession.
  93. Work with global health issues, such as immunizations or water quality, as a public health nurse.
  94. Work on a helicopter as a flight nurse.
  95. Work with two-pound infants as a neonatal intensive care nurse.
  96. Help new mothers with breast-feeding issues as a lactation nurse consultant.
  97. Get involved in the political process as a nurse activist.
  98. Get involved in a faith community as a parish nurse.
  99. Get involved with HIV-positive patients as a AIDS Certified Registered Nurse.
  100. Get involved with wellness and disease prevention, working as a nurse in a hospital fitness center or sports injury clinic.
  101. Be a nurse; make a difference in someone’s life.

Nursing is a vital component to the health and well-being of people all over the world. Nurses work hard every time they don their uniform. If you are a nurse, know you domake a tremendous difference in someone’s life. And if you have a tough day at work, referring back to this list may remind you of what an interesting and limitless profession you are in – and renew your excitement for being a nurse!

Category: Nursing