There are a lot of myths about nursing. As a result, people who are interested in the field may decide to steer clear of a nursing career. Here’s a breakdown of the top 7 nursing myths and why they simply aren’t true.


1. Nursing is a job for women.

Back in the day, the field of nursing was predominantly filled with women. But that’s all changing—and fast! Nowadays, gender discrepancies are less prevalent in nursing, and it is much more common to find men working as a nurse. For all the men out there looking to pursue nursing, I say GO FOR IT!


2. Nursing is easy.

Nursing is a challenging and rewarding field. Nurses are part of the frontline in healthcare. We’re constantly assessing, planning, and evaluating patients, making sure that everything is in order and nothing goes wrong. When things do go wrong, we must respond quickly and accordingly to save our patients.


3. Nurses are just doctors’ assistants.

One of the most important things I learned in nursing school was patient advocacy. As nurses, it is our duty to help our patients and be their voice. In doing so, we work WITH doctors/providers to help our patients get better and back on their feet. When faced with challenges or disputes, nurses follow a chain of command: Charge Nurse, Nurse Supervisor, Department Director of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer.


4. Nurses only work in hospitals.

Outside of the hospital, nurses have plenty of job opportunities to choose from. These range from public health, to correctional nursing, school nursing, or even being a nurse on a cruise ship! Most of these options do require some work experience in the hospital.


5. Nurses do all the grunt work.

Nurses take on a lot of responsibility. The majority of our work involves assessments, documentation, medication passes, and communicating with other healthcare professionals. Having to do all the grunt work would hinder our actual day-to-day tasks. Part of being a nurse is delegating certain tasks to others.


6. Nurses work crazy hours.

It is true that your hours may fluctuate during the first few months working as a new nurse. Aside from that transitional time, nurses actually have pretty stable hours. Depending on the job, nurses can work 12 hour shifts for three days, or a standard eight hour shift for five days. Imagine this: three days of work, and four days off! Don’t get me wrong, the 12 hour shifts can be demanding, but it is great to have four days of personal time each week. If you want to take on more hours, there are often opportunities to pick up an extra shift.


7. Nurses don’t make much money.

A nurse's salary can range from 60-100K per year, depending on your degree, specialization, years of experience, and other varying factors. According to BLS.gov, the median pay for a registered nurse is $71,730 annually.


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