My name is Elio Gianetti and I’m studying communications here at Onondaga Community College. As an aspiring Journalist, I’m passionate about reading, writing, and investigating important topics and other things of interest. That being said, I still paused to reconsider my current career decision after learning about some of the facts surrounding the registered nursing profession. Although still fully committed to becoming a journalist someday, here are the ten biggest reasons I think you should also consider nursing!
- Great Pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for registered nurses with a Bachelor’s degree in 2017 was $70,000 per year or $33.65 per hour [BLS-RN].
- Multiple Workplace Settings. Nurses don’t just work in Hospitals! As a Nurse, you can also work as a school nurse, educator, consultant, conduct research, and even in a professional office such as an administrator!
- Great Job Outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for Registered Nurses from 2016 – 2026 is 15%. That’s an expected 438,100 more jobs, which is “much faster than average” [BLS-RN]. Just for comparison, the expected job growth for journalists is -9%, or 50,400 new jobs BLS-Journalism with the same amount of education!
- Traveling. Don’t like to stay in one place for too long? Love to explore new places? Registered Nurses can choose to work for travel nursing agencies where you get to pick from a variety of different assignment locations all over the world!
- Many Schedule Options. Depending on what field you decide to work in, Nurses can have extremely flexible schedules. In hospitals, most nursing positions are needed 24/7, 365 days a year. However, if you work in an office setting or as a school nurse, you could have a Monday – Friday day-shift work schedule. If you chose to work as a consultant, you may even be able to work from home!
- Wearing Scrubs. Are you one of those people who’d rather not have to get dressed-up to go to work? Then Nursing may be for you! Depending on where you choose to work, Nurses get to wear scrubs – which are kind of like professional pajamas.
- Affordable Education. Many state schools across the country offer registered nursing degree programs, including community colleges. These programs are far less expensive compared to private schools and offer a variety of financial aid options that can help pay for tuition. They can also be just as good! For example, in 2017, 95.56% of graduates from SUNY Onondaga Community College’s Nursing Program passed the New York State Licensure exam compared to the National Average of 87.12%.
- Active and Exciting Career. If you’re someone who likes to keep busy and enjoys a constantly changing environment, then nursing could be for you! Nurses are usually responsible for multiple patients and often work as a team. No shift is ever the same and there’s almost always something exciting going on!
- Make a Difference. As a nurse, you will often be the first-person patients see and spend the most time with. The quality of care you provide can make all the difference in that person’s experience and even ability to recover.
- Many Career Advancement Options. As a registered nurse, there are many different ways for you to continue to grow your career. You can get certified in specific specialties, go on to graduate school, and there are even doctoral degrees in nursing!
So, whether you’re going into college for the first time, a current student who’s unsure about their major, or are already working and thinking about a new career altogether, then do yourself a favor and consider nursing. You can explore the nursing program at our upcoming Facebook Live session for the Health Professions offered throughout the year at Onondaga Community College or by visiting the campus and meeting with an academic adviser. Good luck and happy exploring!