Nursing 101: What to Know Before Becoming a Nurse

It’s easy to assume that people know everything there is to know about the nursing profession. But do you truly understand this profession or the people who carry the title of nurse? Here are six things you should know before becoming a nurse.

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1. Don’t believe everything you see on TV

Hollywood can get it wrong. Nurses aren’t there to just take a doctor’s orders. Nurses are hardworking and independent healthcare providers who are a vital part of any healthcare environment.

2. The most trusted profession for 17 years…and counting

For the 17th consecutive year, nurses have earned the top spot as the most honest and ethical profession, thanks to the annual Gallup poll. Nurses will always be there for their patients and are known for their honesty, even when it’s tough.

3. It takes heart

There’s a reason not everyone can do the job. It is a challenging field both mentally and physically, but it is also one of the most rewarding.

4. It’s not just for women

Although male nurses only make up about 10% of the nursing workforce, the profession for men is growing.

5. There are a lot of acronyms and credentials to know

RN, CRNP, CRNA, DNP, MSN and BSN…All are nurses. All are awesome.

6. Endless opportunities

An attractive part of the profession is that you have a lot of options. You can pursue a variety of certifications and can choose to work in multiple areas of the field.

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