We are all well aware of the expected perks of being a nurse, such as getting to help people and finding satisfaction in our jobs. However, there are some “perks” to being a nurse that are a little unexpected.
Being unexpected, these perks may not even sound like perks. Though you may not consider some of them perks, they can definitely come in handy in the outside world.
1. You can eat meals very quickly, leaving time for other pursuits.
2. You can hold your urine a long time, which could help while standing in long lines.
3. You can start one task, be distracted from it with another task, be distracted from that task, and then come back to the first when all the other tasks are complete.
4. You can handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
5. You know when someone is getting sick and what to do about it.
6. You know when someone is not really getting sick . . . and how to tactfully handle that.
7. You know the solemn proceedings when people die and can help others through this hard time in the future.
8. You can always point out the problems with medical shows and movies, much to the delight of family and friends.
9. You know how difficult it can be to be away from family during the holidays, giving you empathy for others in our community who work away from their families and the patients we care for.
10. You learn all about germs, thus protecting yourself and your family from needless sick days.
11. You can talk to an irate family member without losing your temper until you’re in the breakroom.
12. You can learn how to care for multiple patients on one shift . . . whether you like it or not.
13. You learn that “nurse” can sometimes mean drug dealer and maid, but this isn’t really a perk. The perk is that you do it and don’t strangle someone, helping you in real life not to strangle others.
14. You can tell just by trying on a pair of shoes how well they will work under heavy usage.
15. You can react to a sick patient within moments.
16. You learn interpersonal relationship de-escalation techniques when dealing with some doctors.
17. You learn the value of teamwork when your coworkers come together to help you through a difficult shift.
18. You learn that some people are lonely in the world and that they need compassion when they are acting out.
19. You learn to notice that people are scared when they enter a hospital or facility, and that fear can make them act in ways that would not fly in the “real world.”
20. You learn that caring isn’t easy, that it is a learned skill, and that it is a perk that is both expected at first but unexpected in its reality.