What It’s Like To Be a Nurse and What it Takes to Become One [Infographic]

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The following infographic gives some information to those who are dabbling with the idea of nursing as a career. Most of the information is both useful and interesting. I stumbled upon this infographic at ITthing.com

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When I was decided to become a nurse, one of the most appealing aspects of the career was the stability. Unless there is a Zombie Apocalypse, as a nurse you  should pretty well be able to find a job somewhere. (And even in a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re gonna have one for a while… you know until they kill off most of society and you have to make a run for it) If nurses start becoming unemployed in large numbers that would certain be a scary scenario, with or without Zombie involvement.

If you already are a nurse, do you think that the information display in this infographic reflects the norm?

I found that the cost of an associates degree is severely deflated. An associates degree in nursing typically takes 3 years to obtain. At a rate of at $1500 a semester for tuition, you are going to spend at least $9000 on 3 years of education. That doesn’t even begin to factor in the cost of books, uniforms, and other related expenses.

What is some what sad to find is that even thought direct patient care nurses comprise 63% of the nursing workforce, they do not make the list of happiest nurses.

I wonder if in a few years nurse informaticists will be gracing that list. I enjoyed working as a bed side care nurse, but I LOVE working in nursing informatics.

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