Why Choose Nursing

Nursing has broadened my horizons, it's caused me to focus outside myself and my own little world. I like being in a profession that helps people. And I find the body of knowledge I've gained is helpful in everyday situations. Plus, nursing gives you lots of varied opportunities for a career, you can change from one realm of nursing to another and the flexibility of the schedules offered is a definite plus for those of us trying to balance family life with work.

As the nurse quoted above states, there are many reasons to consider becoming a professional nurse. In addition to the career advantages and personal satisfactions, the demand for registered nurses in the U.S. health care market has never been higher. Today people ranging in age from their 20s to their 50s are changing careers and moving to nursing. They're finding that when they've already trained and worked in another field, they can leverage their knowledge and training in a new career that offers them challenge, stability, and fulfillment.

One profession, lots of possibilities

As a professional nurse, you can use your knowledge and experience in so many different ways. You could organize a disaster relief effort manage a hospital educate the community deliver babies shape public policy or make
new discoveries doing critical research. Each day is anything but routine nurses must always be ready to think on their feet.

Check out some of the specialties and career paths available for nurses today.

You'll find the question should be less about Why be a nurse? and more about What kind of nurse do you want to be?

Consider all the benefits of professional nursing

Personal satisfaction and growth. As a nurse, you're making a real difference in people's lives every day. No two days are the same, and nursing provides you with knowledge and experience you can use for yourself, your family, and your community, in addition to your patients.

Career mobility. Once you become a registered nurse (RN), you can take your career in other directions, too. You could work on the front lines in trauma care or in the justice system as a legal nurse consultant. You can work as a teacher, a writer, or as a researcher…interact with children or the elderly…work directly with patients or direct a health care agency. The opportunities are virtually unlimited—especially for nurses who continue to learn and educate themselves in their fields of interest.

Job security. Because there's a shortage of nurses nationwide, you can
find career options no matter where you want to live in the U.S. If you're married and your spouse is transferred for work, you won't have to worry about finding nursing work in your new community.

Scheduling flexibility. More than half of the nation's professional nurses work full time. You could work the day, evening, or night shift. Nurses can work three 12-hour shifts and have four days a week off! Some professionals are part-time or per-diem nurses. Many nurses like the fact that they can combine a real career with the demands of raising a family.

The best of both worlds—a profession that offers both collaboration and independence. Yes, nurses often work in teams. But they also have a great deal of autonomy. With advanced education, many nurses enjoy a great deal of independence as managers, educators, researchers, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and more.

Nursing is a great second-career choice. In fact, nursing has become one of the most popular choices as a second career, in part due to salary levels. Nursing allows single parents to support their families on one income, and for two-income families, nursing provides an additional and flexible financial resource. And as people are laid off in other industries or decide to find more personal satisfaction in their work, nursing offers the chance to fill that need and help them make a real difference every day. The University of Rochester School of Nursing has a program specifically designed for students who already have
at least a bachelor's degree in another field and want to become registered nurses. It's called the Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Programs for Non-Nurses (APNN), and it provides the education you need to enter a wide range of generalist nursing roles in just one year. There is even a three-year option for those who wish to become nurse practitioners. Find out more.

Competitive salaries. More job opportunities for nurses translate into higher salary and competitive benefits for you as a future nurse. According to the U.S. government's Occupational Outlook Handbook, earnings for registered nurses are above the national average. The median annual salary for registered nurses was $48,090 in 2002. The median annual salary for nurse practitioners is well into $60,000 nationally. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) can expect annual salaries of $60,000-$90,000, depending on their geographic location and previous experience, according to the Nursing Programs 2005 10th Edition.

What other profession offers you as much mobility, challenge, personal satisfaction, and job security? Once you become a registered nurse, the opportunities are virtually unlimited.

We're always available to speak to prospective students about nursing as a career. Simply call (585) 275-2375 or email (Elaine Andolina) our Admissions Director for a personal chat about your options in the field of nursing.