Bedside Nursing as a Legitimate Career Choice for RN’s
We have all listened to that jaded nurse exclaiming how they wish they had gone into a different field. But, disregarding that nurse's bad day, I am here to stand up for the profession of bedside nursing as an excellent career. A field with endless opportunities and options.
What can replace the reward of working among a community of people whose purpose lies in healing the sick? The nurse is a special type of person that wants to help and serve those who are not having their best day. RNs are there as a liaison between the patient and the doctor, a listening ear in times of distress, and a sounding board when patients are unsure of treatment plans made with the doctor. It is a high calling to be sure, but one that can be fully embraced.
There are numerous career advantages to bedside nursing, including being on the cutting edge of medical advances. You keep your skills sharp working at the bedside with new innovative technologies, while continually updating your research abilities with the current best practices.
Thanks to the twelve-hour shift, most nurses work their regular schedule within three shifts a week. While RNs work long days, at the end of the day, they may have more opportunities to spend extra time with family and friends, explore new hobbies, or even pursue a second career.
Besides competitive pay and job security, many nurses find time for a side business to support their newfound love for cake decorating, to save pennies to take that trip across the ocean or to put money away for a child’s college education. But isn’t that the best part of this industry? You can keep your hobbies and have the funds to support them in your downtime. What is there not to love?
We have all seen those nurses working into their sixties at the bedside – those are the RNs to be praised! It is not an easy job running around for twelve hours straight. Boosting patients here, bending over to empty foley catheter bags there, hopping up to help another nurse walk a patient down the hall. The day can be tiresome and long. But when you make that trek back out to your car to drive home, thinking over the day and what could have gone smoother, or which conversation should have happened, you can’t help but feel grateful to be a part of a network of people with a common goal. Healing someone. It is an extraordinary feeling and a career to be pursued with excitement and respect.