Pros and Cons of Nursing

Nursing is a career that takes a passion and commitment. Being a Registered Nurse, I have had the chance to see the good and bad in the nursing field. Like every profession, pros and cons exist.


* Rewarding: Becoming a Registered Nurse is the most humbling experience that I have had. Some days I am not in the mood to come into work and then I get to work and that changes. Working in critical care has shaped me to be grateful for everything that I have. There are people in the hospital spending their birthdays or holidays attached to wires and being monitored constantly. But the best feeling is to be able to see your patients well and discharged home to be with their loved ones.

* Only have to work 3 days a week for full time employment. 36 hours a week is considered full- time in most hospital settings for nurses. With only 3 days a week to work, you have 4 days of free time of being off.

* Have the ability to get as much overtime as you want. Anything after 40 hours is considered overtime. As you all may know, nursing has a shortage. YES a shortage! There are opportunities to get overtime pay simply because units are often short of nurses. This could be in your unit or a unit you may float to. Since hospitals are 24/7 and patients are getting sick year around, there will always be a need for nursing staff. As soon as your are off of orientation as a New Grad Nurse, you will be able to pick up as many shifts a week. But the safety of your patient(s) is always priority.

* There will always be job security in nursing. Securing the bag is a must. No matter the experience or the background someone may have, as long as they have a license and certifications, there will always be a job out there that needs them. Nurses are very scarce and many places will accept a nurse under certain circumstances.

*Make your own schedule. In my hospital, we, the staff, are able to make our own schedules. We have certain holidays that we are mandated to work, but that is the only restriction. Some facilities makes it mandatory for nurses to work every other weekend. My facility, on the other hand, does not mandate set weekends for nurses to work.

*Can climb the ladder in management and have multiple specialties to choose from. The opportunities are endless in nursing. Once you get about 6 months to a year of experience, you are able to work in any specialty you want. Most units, like ICU, requires a year of experience in an acute care setting before