Career Description

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they can maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.

Nursing is the protection, and promotion of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Required Skills

As a nurse you're a listener, a manager, and a knowledgeable skilled professional. Some skills needed to be a nurse is you have to have excellent people skills. You will be giving care  for people of all ages and backgrounds. Nurses should be able to put people at their ease, gain their confidence and deal sympathetically with their problems and fears.

You also must have good communication. You need to be good at listening as well as talking and you have to be constantly alert to changes in patient's conditions and the terms of care.

Nursing can sometimes involve managing distress. You'll play a key part in helping patients and families come through their crises.  You must be able to deal with emotional charged situations.

Educational Requirements

Nurses perform numerous tasks, from providing fundamental healthcare to assisting surgeons with advanced and critical procedures. RN education degree requirements range from a diploma to a bachelor's degree.


The average yearly salary for a nurse is $66,200., but the best 10% of nurses made $96,320. The bottom 10% made $45,630.

Future Outlook

Nurses job outlook will continue to be Above Average because

1. The employment growth will likely be above average because of a growing and ageing population that requires increased health services and increased government funding for health care.
2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.
3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers


The main benefit of being a nurse is the joy that fills your heart knowing you are caring for others. You also get a flexible schedule to be with your family. The work is very meaningful and the gift of saving someone's life is the best gift out there.

Similar Careers & Why?

Similar careers include doctor, caregiver, surgeon, and many more. Nurses treat patients and help in their well being and getting better. They make the earth a better place by helping the people on it get back to the best health they can be in.

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