6 Reasons Why Nursing Careers Can be Highly Rewarding

Nursing is an essential profession and always in demand. Nurses might appreciate job security and good pay, but the additional intrinsic rewards mean many nurses truly love their work. For a lot of people, the prospect of a job that’s both personally fulfilling and pays well is very attractive. So for those weighing up pursuing employment in nursing, what are some of these additional, intrinsic rewards to think about? We outline the top reasons why becoming a nurse could be an extremely rewarding career path. 

Nursing: a rewarding career path

The personally fulfilling aspects of nursing include making a difference, an abundance of career opportunities, and teamwork. 

1. Make a difference in others’ lives

Nursing is considered a noble and highly trusted profession. According to nurses, nursing can be extremely meaningful work, though it can be physically and emotionally demanding at times. Probably the most rewarding aspect of becoming a nurse is the emotional rewards you can receive from caring for patients. You’re supporting people who are at a vulnerable point in their lives with kindness, care, and respect. You have the opportunity to connect with patients and build wonderful, caring relationships, and the assistance you give to the injured and sick – potentially saving their lives and healing them – and their loved ones, truly makes a difference in the world. 

2. Career, learning, and growth opportunities

Nursing is constantly evolving and you have the opportunity to keep learning, growing, and training. Once you have established yourself as a registered nurse, you have the option to choose different career pathways throughout your career. For example, you could work in pediatrics, intensive care, aged care, neonatal, home care, informatics, leadership, clinical practice, ambulatory care, case management, administration, and much more. You could become a nursing instructor and train other nurses on the latest best-practice trends. 

3. Teamwork and hands-on experience

Nurses have the opportunity to contribute to teams to care for patients. You could be working with other nurses, patient care associates, social workers, care managers, and doctors to provide coordinated care programmes for patients. These mutually collaborative relationships with colleagues can be enormously fulfilling as you’ll be learning and gaining insights from others with different specialties. Additionally, there’s the opportunity to apply practical skills and gain hands-on experience every day. 

4. Job security and high demand

Nurses tend to enjoy high demand no matter what part of the world they’re working in. An ageing population is just one of the factors behind consistent high demand for skilled nurses in the UK. This means job security tends to be high. If you decide to train as a nurse, knowing you’ll likely benefit from stable employment and strong demand for your skills is another advantage of opting for this career pathway.

5. Flexibility

Nursing can be a highly flexible role, and you may be able to work when you want and where you’d like. For example, you could choose to work part time, full time, or as a temp. You could work in hospitals, aged care, home care, schools, or universities as a lecturer. As a nurse, you could work in a bedside role, as a nursing professor, scientist, educator, consultant, or even wellness practitioner. Rural, suburban, and urban areas alike all have demand for skilled nurses. Nurses work in shifts and this lets you skip the nine-to-five treadmill. You can choose shifts to work around your personal lifestyle needs. 

6. Remuneration

As an in-demand profession, nursing pays well and offers job security. As such, in addition to the satisfaction of caring for those in need, you’ll potentially benefit from stable, guaranteed employment and good pay. 

Become a nurse

Nursing might not be the easiest of careers to undertake, but it can potentially be a highly rewarding and fulfilling vocation. Being highly respected by patients and their families, making a difference to people at all stages of life, and using your practical and soft skills to provide excellent care are some of the reasons why nurses love their jobs. In addition, nurses are always in demand, are paid well, and have a good degree of flexibility when it comes to work and location. For those considering a career in nursing, these compelling reasons could see them succeeding in this field. 
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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.