Why Be a Nurse
Big decisions, exciting locations, new challenges—they’re all in a day's work for today’s nurse. Find out why this career can be a such a fulfilling choice.
Dynamic profession
Nurses are independent. They’re leaders. They drive change and play a bigger role in the healthcare system than you may ever have imagined.
  • Did You Know
    Nurses can be primary and specialty health care providers. Like a nurse practitioner, who serves as a key caregiver for patients in hospitals, schools, and private practices, with prescribing capabilities.
  • Did you know
    Some nursing specialties are quite highly paid. Nurse anesthetists, for example, have an average salary of $133,000.
  • Did you know
    Nurses today publish scientific research, develop mobile medical applications, give TED Talks and drive healthcare policy.

Career growth

Nurses never need to stop learning and growing, as healthcare is ever changing. There’s always an opportunity to study further and elevate your career.

  • Taking continuing education classes or pursuing an additional degree are just two of the ways that you can keep building on your knowledge and skills.
  • With more than 90 nursing specialties, you’ll have choices, challenges, and so many opportunities to take on bigger responsibilities and potentially a salary to match.

Flexible schedule

Nursing doesn’t have to mean a 12-hour shift. Many roles let you work 9 to 5 or be your own boss and set your own hours.

In their own words
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With my expanded roles outside of the operating room, I cap my clinical day to 8-10 hours.”
Thomas
Nurse Anesthetist
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I work 2–3 days a week in our women's health clinic, seeing primarily pregnant women. Those days are roughly 8-hour days and I'll see anywhere from 20–45 patients.”
Jamie
Certified Nurse Midwife

Diverse opportunities

Hospitals and medical offices? Of course. But also airplanes, schools, television studios, legal courts, racetracks, resorts, corporations, and more. The places you can work as a nurse are almost unlimited.

In demand

As the US population ages, there’s an ever-greater need for qualified nurses to provide the necessary care.

Demand for nurses varies by region, population density, demographic trends, number of healthcare facilities, and more.
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