There are five main reasons we have found that millennials are going into nursing
1. Steady, Flexible Work
Nursing has been a field that even during the worst economies, has always been unwavering both in salary and availability. Additionally, with so many options on specialties, care facilities, and shifts, there is a big attraction to the flexibility of the field.
2. Meaningful Work
Many nurses entered the field after an experience with a nurse during a traumatic event in their lives; others just want to help others and find nursing a viable way of doing that. No matter the inspiration, all those who join the nursing profession are seeking meaningful work.
3. Schooling Requirements
Many Millennials choose nursing over medical school. Why? Well, because medical school requires four years of undergrad with excellent grades and extracurriculars, a massive entrance exam, with no guarantee of acceptance into the program. Then, once you finish a grueling additional 4 years, you get placed into residencies that may or may not be a good match and do another 3-5 years before actually beginning your career. This is all not to mention the financial costs.
So, when students see the salary of an RN, the ability to move up, the opportunity to really connect with patients, and that it only requires at minimum of an associate degree, it sometimes looks like the better option when placed next to medical school.
4. Failure In Another Field
Many nurses start out in a different field. Some switch after the first semester in another major, some finish their program, get into the field, and find out that it is not what they want. Or, maybe they can’t find a job in the field they have a degree in. Second-degree bachelor’s of nursing programs have become wildly popular due to this reason.