When someone thinks about what they gain from their job, invariably salary rises to the surface. For nurses, it’s no different. However, quality of life isn’t solely about money. There’s how much one enjoys their work, and of course perks and benefits.
Many of the perks and benefits of being a nurse are monetary, either directly or indirectly helping nurses by providing goods or services that they’d have to pay for anyway. Some perks and benefits are more of the emotional variety, providing nurses with purpose that makes it that much easier to push through while working a double shift or handling some of the more difficult situations nurses face.
A cab driver can save a customer time by getting them somewhere faster than they would walking or taking public transportation. A tax preparer can save someone money by finding all possible deductions on a customer’s return. Those are important services that will always be in demand, but they don’t compare with a nurse, who can save someone’s life.
Whether it’s using CPR during an emergency or asking a patient just the right question that unlocks a critical diagnosis, there is nothing in the world like saving someone’s life. Ask most nurses about a time they saved a life at some point in their career, and they’ll probably demure and say something like, “Well, it’s my job.” However, it’s impossible to know that someone may not have made it another day without you and not feel proud. That sense of pride may not lead to boasting, but those successful moments stay with a nurse for a lifetime.
Not all of us want to work the standard 9-5. While nurses often must take less coveted shifts when they first start working at a new hospital, in many cases nurses can craft schedules that fit their lives. However, those who do prefer a traditional work schedule can find what they’re looking for while working at a clinic or physician’s office.
While working in a hospital, nurses may find it difficult to arrange for a permanent schedule (say, working swing shift every single time). However, the benefit of that is that if you need to change your schedule due to an appointment or any other commitment, nurses can oftentimes trade shifts or speak to the nursing supervisor in hopes of making a temporary change in scheduling to accommodate whatever is needed.
There are slight differences in the requirements from state to state in terms of licensing and continuing education, but they it’s hardly like practicing law in one state or another. Nurses can easily transition their skills to work in medical facilities of all kinds, all across the country. And with a nursing shortage throughout the country, it’s feasible to move from one city to another and have very little trouble finding a job.