Why Become a Nurse?

A nurse caring for a pediatric patient in a hospital setting.

There are countless reasons why you should become a nurse. Not only is it a rewarding occupation from both a personal and financial standpoint, it’s also a diverse profession that’s expected to be in demand for decades to come.

Between the years 2014 and 2024 alone, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates registered nurse employment to grow by 16%, a faster rate than the average growth for all occupations. As of May 2016, the bureau lists the annual mean wage for registered nurses in Illinois as $70,890.

High Demand

For several years now, there’s been mounting demand for registered nurses all over the country. You’ll find a number of nursing shortage statistics on the American Nurses Association website, along with reasons why our nation is experiencing a health-care talent shortfall. Our 16-month ABSN program helps close the nursing shortage gap by teaching the skills health-care employers demand and allowing qualified individuals to fast-track into the profession.

Job Diversity

A career in nursing can take many forms. From working in a traditional hospital setting to serving as a corporate health coach, the nursing role is more flexible and diverse than ever. But no matter where you decide to practice, our ABSN program prepares you to enter the workforce with confidence. You’ll also find that nurses tend to have more say in patient care these days, with a growing number of health-care providers understanding the value they bring to public health improvement.

Job Flexibility

Not only does nursing provide diverse career opportunities, it also comes with a lot of flexibility. As a nurse, you have access to part-time and full-time work schedules. Should you want to take a break from the profession, it’s easy to get back into the workforce. Depending on your specialty, you’ll be able to work different times of the day and in shifts that range from four to 12 hours. This type of flexibility is especially helpful for nurses with children.

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