What aspects of the job do nurses find most rewarding?

Many nurses find working with patients to be a rewarding aspect of the job, but the overall satisfaction with the job is relatively low, according to the "Medscape Nurse Salary Report 2015."

The survey includes responses from more than 8,250 nurses, including practical and vocational nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice nurses. Nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists all fall into Medscape's category of advanced practice nurses.

According to the nurses surveyed, the most rewarding aspects of the job are:

  • Forming relationships with patients — 26 percent
  • Being good at the job — 22 percent
  • Having pride in being a nurse — 18 percent

Although relationships with patients was the top rewarding aspect on the job, fewer nurses identified this as aspect as the most rewarding aspect of their job than male and female physicians (32 percent and 37 percent, respectively), according to the 2015 Medscape Physician Compensation report.

The survey also found that despite the rewarding parts of the job, only 60 percent of advanced practice nurses, 56 percent of RNs and 48 percent of licensed practical and vocational nurses would choose nursing as a career again.



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