Nurses are finding they are in higher demand now than ever before; with the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) aging in great numbers healthcare providers are scrambling to find enough professionals to fill empty positions.
Registered nurses are healthcare professionals who will access a patients’ health issues, helps to maintain medical records, and provides nursing care plans for those in need. A registered nurse has successfully completed a nursing program and has obtained their licensing after passing a national exam. These exams vary from country to country, for example in Canada (with the exception of Quebec) nurses that are registered are also required to obtain a BScN, or Bachelors of Science in Nursing. This degree is normally obtained through a four year university, or through a bridge course that is designed specifically for LPN’s and RPN’s. In the United States one can become a registered nurse by completing an associate’s degree in nursing and taking the NCLEX-RN exam for licensing.
A career in nursing can be personally rewarding for a few different reasons; there’s the satisfaction of knowing that what you do every day helps people who are in need, and there are monetary rewards as well. A registered nurse can make a very nice living, and those who choose to further their career in nursing through a specialty field will be able to earn even more. There are literally dozens of specialties available such as emergency and trauma nursing, home health nursing, pediatric nursing, nursing management, flight nursing, the list goes on and on. For someone who enjoys travel becoming a “travel nurse” could be the perfect career. Nurses are in demand all over the world and for those who are willing to travel the compensation can be quite attractive; travel nurses often receive housing and travel costs above their normal salary.
Another nursing specialty with good compensation is a Nurse Anesthetist, who will administer anesthesia to a patient, monitor their vital signs while under anesthesia, and assist the patient as they are recovering from anesthesia. A Nurse Anesthetist may work in a situation where they are assisting an Anesthesiologist, a dentist, or other physicians. The annual median wage for a nurse anesthetist in Canada is approximately C$160,000, and in the United States is approximately USD $155,000; those with more experience will command a higher wage.
For someone who enjoys working with and caring for people a career in nursing can be very satisfying. Interestingly enough, research has shown that those who perform work as caregivers are less prone to depression, perform better on physical tests such as the strength of their grip, and even performed better on tests involving memory. Caregivers such as nurses are a much needed component of the healthcare system; nurses usually spend much more time with patients than doctors and help to bring a high quality of care to their patients. There is no doubt that becoming a caregiver has its demands and can be draining both emotionally and physically, but the rewards of becoming a caregiver can be great as well.