In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re taking a moment to shine a light on what makes nursing such an invaluable and fulfilling career. Join us as we give thanks for all the big and little things that make working in the healthcare industry so rewarding.
10 Reasons to be Thankful You’re a Nurse
- You command respect.
Let’s face it: Nurses are seriously respected (and for good reason). You have the unique ability to help others in their time of medical need, and you’re calm, cool and collected in stressful situations. Plus, you’re not afraid of needles or squeamish at the sight of blood, so you’re basically a superhero in a lot of people’s eyes.
- You help others.
As a nurse, you’re in a position to help others in a myriad of ways each and every time you put on your scrubs. That’s something to be grateful for, and it’s a wonderful contribution that you make to the world around you. From the simplest acts of kindness to helping someone through the most humbling experiences, you’re a godsend to so many in need.
- You have a good head on your shoulders.
If you’re a nurse, then you’re highly educated (and you probably have the student loan debt to prove it). But that education is something that no one can ever take away from you, and you obtained your credentials through intense coursework and grueling clinicals that would surely intimidate others. So go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work and dedication. You earned it.
- You have a big heart.
It’s ideal for those who work in any service industry to have compassion and empathy, and these traits make good nurses exceptional. The fact that you entered into a profession that’s so selfless shows that you truly care about others, and that’s definitely something to be proud of.
- You have a special set of skills.
You know medical lingo, can handle an IV like a pro and know how to de-escalate all kinds of emotional meltdowns. This mix of higher education and interpersonal know-how is rare, indeed — and you have it in spades.
- You have amazing co-workers.
They’re the people you rely on day in and day out — and they understand that the struggle is all too real. You vent to them, you cry with them and you look out for them just like they look out for you. If a work family isn’t something to be grateful for, what is?
- You have a stable job.
Nurses are in demand, and we have the stats to prove it. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations nationwide.
- You’re constantly learning.
Any nurse who’s “seen it all” probably hasn’t been paying attention. The medical field is full of surprises, and no two days are ever quite the same. You get the distinct privilege of constantly learning more and more through the unexpected situations you encounter on a regular basis, and that means you get more knowledgable as a nurse each and every day.
- You save lives.
As a nurse, you have the incredible ability to not only treat medical conditions but to also save people’s lives. There’s nothing more meaningful in the world than to help save someone in dire need — and you have the ability to give that special gift to your patients and their loved ones.
- You’re greatly appreciated.
Nursing is stressful work, and people know that you have a tough job. And while your patients and their families may have a thousand other things on their minds, you can rest assured that the great work you do doesn’t go unnoticed. To so many people out there, you’re an angel on Earth. Always remember that you’re greatly appreciated and deeply respected by those around you and society as a whole. (And that goes for us, too.)
What are you most thankful for in your nursing career? Share your gratitude in the comments section below!
From all of us here at Lydia’s Uniforms, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!