8 reasons why you should become a nurse

January 30, 2024 · 4 min read · By ASU Online
Get the details on eight key reasons you should become a nurse, plus advice and insight from faculty members at Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

A career with meaning

Nurses are dedicated professionals who provide compassionate care, support and comfort to their patients during times of vulnerability and illness. Their role extends beyond administering medical treatments; they serve as advocates for patients, fostering a sense of trust and understanding.

The impact of nursing goes beyond the physical aspects of healthcare, as nurses often contribute to patients' emotional and psychological well-being as well. The ability to make a positive difference in people's lives, paired with the opportunity to promote health and healing, are just a couple of the many reasons nursing is such a fulfilling career.


Fast-growing, in-demand profession

The field of nursing continues to be an in-demand profession, driven by various factors highlighting its key role in healthcare. With an aging population and an increasing emphasis on preventive, personalized care, the demand for skilled nursing professionals continues to rise. Advances in medical technology and the expansion of healthcare services also contribute to the need for a larger nursing workforce.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of nurses is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 6% between 2022 and 2032.


High earning potential

A career in nursing can provide an opportunity for a high earning potential and financial stability. Factors such as your employer and the state you live in can impact the range of earnings, but typically you can expect to earn a comfortable living as a nurse.

According to BLS, the median annual salary for registered nurses was $81,220 as of May 2022. Additionally, the level of education and specializations you earn can also provide you opportunities for advancements and higher earning potentials.


Diverse job opportunities

A career in nursing offers opportunities that cater to a range of interests and professional aspirations. Nurses can specialize in fields such as pediatrics, neurology or labor and delivery, allowing them to focus on areas that align with their passion and expertise. This diversity not only enriches the professional experience, but also allows nurses to adapt their careers to align with any ever-changing interests.

Beyond clinical practice, nursing experience opens doors to roles in education, research, healthcare administration and leadership.


Schedule flexibility

Nurses often have the option to choose from various work schedules, including part-time or full-time schedules to accommodate different lifestyle preferences. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for those seeking work-life balance, pursuing further education or managing other personal commitments. Additionally, the healthcare industry operates around the clock, allowing nurses to work mornings, nights or weekends.


Excellent benefits

Healthcare institutions often provide comprehensive benefit packages that include health insurance, retirement plans and educational assistance. These benefits not only contribute to the overall well-being of nurses but also enhance the financial stability of their families as well. The fast-paced nature of the healthcare sector often results in competitive compensation packages, which may include bonuses, overtime pay and other performance incentives.


Trusted and respected profession

Nursing is a meaningful career that plays an essential role in the well-being of individuals and communities. Nurses have held the top spot in Gallup's annual ethics ratings from Americans for more than 20 years.


Support for educational growth

Many healthcare institutions prioritize professional development, encouraging nurses to pursue advanced degrees, certifications and specialized training. In some cases with certain conditions, healthcare employers will provide tuition reimbursement for nurses choosing to further their education. This access to educational development not only enhances nurses' clinical expertise, but also opens doors to career advancements and leadership positions within the healthcare system.

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Earn your nursing degree at ASU Online

Obtaining your nursing degree online at ASU provides all the benefits of higher education with the flexibility to study at your convenience and manage your education around other life commitments.

“One of the top benefits of earning your advanced nursing degree online is the flexibility,” said Kimberly Day, a clinical associate professor at ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

“Online courses allow you to complete the course when it is convenient for you and does not require you to sit in a classroom at a specific time each week.  You can take courses when it works with your schedule, taking a semester off if needed while continuing to work during the program.”

“When looking for the right ASU Online nursing program, look for the one that suits you and aligns with your career goals,” said Christina Penn, a clinical assistant professor at the Edson College. “Always take into consideration where you are at in your nursing career and where you want to be. No matter which online nursing program you choose, our faculty are always here to support you through your nursing journey.”

Talk to an ASU Online enrollment coach to find out which nursing degree is right for you.



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