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what do you like about the RN career?

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Simran’s Answer

2 of the biggest things I really like about the nursing career is a) the flexibility that's offered and b) bedside care.

Nursing is one of those professions where your skills can be transferrable. For example, if I became a doctor and spent many years of my residency training to be a general surgeon. I can only do general surgery after that or sub-specialize. If I want to become a dermatologist after that, I will have to go back to residency. As a nurse, if I started out in the ER and now I'm too comfortable and want to go elsewhere, I can apply for a job, do a mini orientation of a couple of weeks, and start working as a nurse in another area.

Another part of nursing that I really like is the bedside care we get to provide. I like being the person that knows about their patient on every level... I'm the first to notice any change in their mentation, respirations, changes in their vitals. RT, PT, and any other medical team members have to go through the nurse for any updates or changes in patient status. So... I really like that aspect of nursing that you don't really get to experience in other professions.
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Richard’s Answer

Nursing is a great career. They have an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of patients during their most vulnerable times in their lives. After obtaining a nursing degree, there are so many pathways open to nurses: jobs in hospitals or clinics, working with critically ill patients or providing preventative care for healthy people, working in procedure oriented specialties such as surgery or cardiology, management or clinical medicine, even pursuing advanced degrees such as becoming a nurse practitioner or CRNA.
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Erika’s Answer

There are a lot of things I enjoy about being a RN. The biggest is the relationships you build with patients and their families. Of course, this is dependent upon what you choose to do as a RN. Another thing that is great about being a RN is the wide range of options/specialties you can go into as a RN. I always recommend everyone do their research on nursing if they are considering it as a career. A lot of people think that being a RN means only being a bedside nurse in the hospital, but this is far from true. The options are almost endless as a RN. Plus, there are also extra certifications you can receive when you are a nurse depending on what field you choose within nursing.
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yoonji’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Keorah! I would highly suggest you check out our Instagram, @careervillage, and watch our latest Story. We had a great CareerVillage volunteer, an ICU nurse at Stanford, show our community what a day in the life of an ICU nurse is like. She also highlights her colleagues and how they got interested in nursing and what steps they took to get to where they are today. They share what they like and what they dislike about the field, which I think would be helpful for you as you decide whether or not you want to pursue their career path. It seems like it can be a challenging but incredibly fulfilling, meaningful career to help those in need of care and encouragement. Good luck!


yoonji, CareerVillage.org Team recommends the following next steps:

Watch "A day in the life of a nurse" on CareerVillage's Instagram Stories to learn more about the field. https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18018688315197171/?hl=en
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