Given the high value placed on medical staff during the current pandemic, it's understandable that many people may be considering a career in nursing. While this is a position that is valued at all times, during any kind of crisis, we realize just how indispensable this profession is to the functioning of our society.
Nursing is a career that opens up opportunities and challenges in a rewarding and varied environment. As a nurse, you have the chance to make a real difference in peoples lives, at a time when they are often at their most vulnerable.
It's A Job That Brings Value to the Lives of Others
Nurses literally save lives, and there is nothing that can be of more value. Without nursing staff, doctors would not be able to do their jobs; in addition, nurses bring happiness to their patients and are of great comfort to those in need.
Through a career in nursing, it is possible to make a positive impact in a variety of fields. From midwifery to after-surgical care to pediatrics, there are a number of ways that nurses come to the forefront of medical care. Patients will often remember their nurse more than any other member of staff following a stay in the hospital, largely due to the compassionate nature of the job.
Degree Programs Exist Everywhere
Not only can you select any state to complete your nursing qualification, but you also have the option to study online, making the profession accessible to people who already have a full-time job. It is also possible to secure financial aid for a qualification in nursing, and a diploma in nursing can be completed in just two years.
Nurses Are in High Demand
With a population that continues to grow, nursing is an occupation that often struggles to meet demand. This means that jobs are available all over the world, and once you have studied and gained your nursing qualification, you will be able to enter the workforce very quickly.
Nurses Experience High Levels of Job Satisfaction
There is a lot of variety in a nursing career and many options for qualified nurses to choose from. Schools, government agencies, and home-care facilities all require the services of nurses, and as such, this career offers masses of interesting diversity. Indeed, no two days are ever the same, and nurses can even specialize in order to advance their careers.
Nursing is also a stable industry, with plenty of travel opportunities due to the global demand. Agencies like Fusion hire nurses all over the United States; nurses can literally pick and choose jobs by location. Nursing is also a profession that has the appreciation and respect of the general public.
Nursing is a Sociable Job Working with People
Nurses come into contact with both colleagues and patients on a daily basis, meeting new people every day from all walks of life. This makes it sociable and interesting, as well as developing your skills, since communicating effectively with people is an integral part of the job.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist