Reasons Why You Should Study Nursing.
Reasons Why You Should Study Nursing
Still trying to decide what to study at university and never considered nursing? Or thinking about a health career and not sure what profession is right for you?
You’re Almost Guaranteed a Job at the End of Your Degree
Did you know that nursing is one of the most highly employable degrees?
In fact, a huge 94% of graduate nurses find employment in a nursing job within six months of finishing their degree.
What’s more, as nursing degrees include a variety of hospital placements, many students, like myself, find themselves with a job offer or even multiple job offers before they’ve graduated. So, if you’re worried about being able to find a job after all your hard work studying, nursing might be the career for you.
Nursing Careers Can Be Hugely Rewarding
Despite what you might read about nursing in the papers, I and most of the nurses I know find our jobs hugely rewarding. Nursing is all about doing your utmost to provide the best possible care for your patients, whatever their illness or problem. There aren’t many jobs where you can go home at the end of the day knowing you’ve made a real difference to your patients’ lives.
Freedom to Work Anywhere
like some professions, where you have to work either in the capital or a major city to progress your career, nursing allows you to work anywhere in the country, giving you freedom and flexibility over where you live and how you live your life.
You’re a Specialist
A lot of people don’t know that when you do your nursing degree you usually specialise in what is known as ‘field’ of nursing. There are four fields – adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health nursing and learning disability nursing – which allows you to become an expert in the one you choose!
There are also some degrees which allow you to combine two fields of nursing too, so it’s worth exploring those if you want to work in more than one type of nursing.
You Won’t Have to Spend Clinical Years in the University Library
Nursing degrees are really hands on and mix academic work with real life hands on experience. Typically, whichever type of nursing degree you study, you will spend about half your time on different types of placements, including hospital and community based, allowing you to work with different types of patients and discover what sort of nursing you prefer, for example working on an A&E ward or working with vulnerable older people.
Flexibility and Variety
people assume that nurses just work in hospitals but actually there a huge variety of different places you can work in and different career paths open to you.
You can go into teaching, management, forensic nursing, prison nursing and many more. Who knows, you might even end up in politics, or being the next chief nurse.
Another option is to go on and do your Master’s or a PhD, dual qualify in different fields of nursing or specialise within an area like cardiac, oncology or palliative care. The opportunities are endless, as long as you’re willing to take them!
It’s important to know that not only is nursing rewarding but also nurses are really valued and often work as highly respected members of multi-disciplinary teams. Their views and opinions are listened to just as much as those of the doctors and surgeons they’re working with.
We Need More Nurses!
Unfortunately, not enough students are applying for nursing degrees at the moment which means we might not have enough nurses in the future.
It’s such a fascinating and rewarding career, enabling you to meet so many different people, that I would really urge more people to consider studying one of the four types of nursing degrees.