Bad Reasons To Go To Nursing School

Reasons not to go to nursing school

Just about everyone has heard the good news about going to nursing school and entering the field. The job outlook is strong and only getting stronger. You can graduate and sit for your RN license exam in as little as two years. Annual salaries can get as high as $50,000 even during your first year on the job.

While many of these things are true, nursing school isn’t a fast or easy solution. The career takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and many people who aren’t in love with the job burn out fast. If you’re thinking about going to college to get your nursing degree, here are a few red flag reasons that might indicate the job isn’t right for you.

Unrealistic Employment Expectations

In terms of job growth, health care and nursing are the most stable in the United States right now, and many hospitals are having a hard time holding on to qualified staff. But that doesn’t mean every graduate who walks out the door is guaranteed a job. Many jobs require a certain kind of degree or specialty, or the company in question only wants a nurse with experience.

The problem, therefore, isn’t that there aren’t enough nurses to fill the position—it’s that there aren’t enough qualified nurses. Don’t expect to skate through school and still land an incredible job. Your dedication, grades, and ability to be flexible and work your way up through some not-so-desirable jobs to get to the one you want are all part of the overall nursing package.

Easy Money

Yes, nurses can make good money—but this usually happens after twenty-five years of dedicated service with a single employer. Nursing isn’t a get rich scheme by any stretch of the imagination.

Like any career, you start out at the bottom of the totem pole and work your way up. More money only comes after you get raises based on merit and longevity, and sometimes only after you go back to school and get advanced degrees.

An Easy Paycheck

Nursing is hard work—and by hard, we mean physically exhausting and grueling. Nurses often work eight to twelve hour shifts with minimal breaks, spending most of the time on their feet and doing difficult tasks like lifting patients. Burnout is high in this job, whether due to emotional strain or a physical inability to get through another day.

Those who stick with the job for decades are the ones who know from the start that it will be hard work—and who know that for them, the personal benefits outweigh the struggles.

Another good indication that you might not be ready for nursing school is if you’re basing any of your goals and dreams on televised versions of the medical community. Real life is not Grey’s Anatomy or Nurse Jackie, and the truth is a lot less glamorous.

If your heart isn’t in it from the very start, nursing probably isn’t the career for you. But if you’re willing to work hard and open yourself up to incredible opportunities in helping others, nursing school is just an admissions application away.



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  1. Curtis William Price LVN says:

    Just released. ‘Resume of a Male Nurse’. A tell all, true experiences of sexual harassment, criminal neglect, wrongful death, administrative deceit ect… A must read for aspiring medical professionals.

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