If you’re currently doing A Levels and are thinking about applying to University, I’m here to give you 5 Reasons to Study Nursing in 2020.
It is undoubtably a very uncertain time in the healthcare field, and the NHS has never featured more in the news than it has in 2020. There have been Nurses heralded as heroes, Nurses protesting and Nurses dying. This definitely makes considering a career in Nursing a daunting prospect.
Additionally, when talking though your University options at college or sixth form, many people struggle to understand why anybody would want to study to be a Nurse! Especially to work in the NHS at the moment. If you’ve found this page because you’re unsure wether nursing is right for you, you’ve come to the right place.
Hopefully reading this list will help inspire you, restore your confidence in pursuing a career you know in your heart you want to do! Here is why studying Nursing in 2020 is still a good idea.
5 Reasons to Study Nursing in 2020
To say 2020 has been a difficult year would be an understatement. Covid-19 has not only caused tragedies, it has also left us with many uncertainties about the future. Many people working across a broad spectrum of industries are facing job insecurity in addition to economic uncertainty.
However, Nurses never struggle to find work! You can confidently stay assured that whatever place you are at in your life and whatever situation you are in, you will always be able to find a job. This goes for the state of the world and economy too. It is one of the few roles that are absolutely essential to life and society. Your job security is always guaranteed as Nurses.
I am an A&E nurse who is also a blogger. I also volunteer with Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity as part of the digital marketing team. The options of where Nursing can take you, are quite literally endless. If you finish University and never want to go into a hospital ever again? You don’t have to! You could work in a private clinic! Ever thought of starting your own business? Many Nurses train in Aesthetics! Additionally, you could work in an edgy IV bar in Shoreditch! You could be a District Nurse! You can be the Heart Failure Specialist Nurse!
Whatever interests you hold in your personal life, there is no doubt you could find a job within Nursing that inspires you every day. (Think Sepsis Nurses, Palliative Care Nurses, Cruise Ship Nurses, GP Clinic Nurses etc etc etc I could go on forever!).
No one would try to claim that being a nurse is easy. However, in terms of making a difference you can’t really top it. The job is challenging, especially when you have to juggle many priorities at the same time. However, as you gain experience, you will feel your confidence growing. There will be some days when you just KNOW you’ve smashed it?! and that’s a great feeling.
You have freedom to travel anywhere in the world. This point ties in with the first point. However I thought it deserved a special mention. If you train in the UK, the Registration is internationally recognised as one of the best Nursing qualifications in the world! This means if you want to move to Australia and earn £60,000 a year? The job. Is in. The bag.
Many people go into nursing with the immediate intention of progression. The starting salary of a band 5 RN in the UK is now £24,907. If you are willing to dedicate a few years to your career there are many progression opportunities within nursing, allowing you to increase your salary if thats one of your aims! Due to staff shortages many jobs offer guaranteed progression pathways within 1-2 years as an incentive to retain staff. I myself know people who are motivated and exceptionally good at their job who become Managers and specialist Nurses within a few years of qualifying.
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