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


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.

3 thoughts on “What It’s Like To Be a Nurse and What it Takes to Become One [Infographic]”

  1. Great Post! After years and years of contemplation working at an investment bank as a computer programmer I am started an accelerated BSN program in another month! Interested in so many fields within nursing and nursing informatics is certainly one of them, also see myself eventually becoming a nurse practitioner.

  2. to all of my fellow nursing friends out there, I was told about a new program with Mollen Immunizations, where nurses can become independent contractors by creating their own flu shot businesses. The company is based out of Arizona, but this program is available nationwide because most of it is set up online as well as over the phone with one their Community Care Nurse Network recruiters. Their number is 480-214-1030.
    Here’s a link to the job posting: https://jobs.flushotsusa.com/Registration/PersonalInformation.aspx?associatetypeid=34&key=ac59744a-90ff-494d-b220-7c388f7be0ee
    Just thought I’d pass the info along incase anyone is interested! 🙂

  3. Well – I will be joining the nursing crew shortly and do not hope for a zombie apocalypse. The games show that I’ll last about 5 hours when this occurs so I’m pretty much zombie fodder. This was a great post and very informative for career path selection. Thank you!

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