Why become a nurse? It’s an easy question to answer when you consider all the perks that come with the profession. Not only is nursing one of today’s most diverse and flexible professions, it’s also a highly trusted and fulfilling occupation that allows you to make a difference in the lives of others.


By choosing to become a nurse, you can take a variety of career paths, from holding a general practice role to focusing on a specialty. You also have the option to care for patients in various health care settings, such as:

  • Hospital networks
  • Home care facilities
  • Private practices
  • School systems

Keep in mind, however, that the more advanced career opportunities are available to nurses with a BSN degree or higher. After earning your BSN from Xavier, you’re eligible to take advantage of various advanced education opportunities, from nursing certificate programs to graduate studies.


With opportunities to work days, nights, weekdays, and weekends, the nursing profession, as a whole, should be able to accommodate your work schedule preferences. After all, it’s not a 9-to-5 profession, as many health care facilities need nursing staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nursing also has options for working part-time, full-time, and in shifts of 8, 10, or 12 hours. While a 12-hour shift may seem long, several hospitals provide this option because it works well for nurses who want more days off to attend to personal or family needs. Longer shifts can also lead to a less stressful day overall because it gives nurses more time to organize and deliver patient care.

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Nursing is a growing, high-demand profession that plays a critical role in advancing our country’s health care system. So, if you’re looking for a career that offers economic stability and job security, you’ll find it with nursing.

In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that registered nurse employment will grow by 6% between 2021 and 2031, with the annual mean wage for nurses in Ohio at $68,220 (as of May 2021).

And where Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus are concerned, you’ll find a great place to pursue health care employment through our clinical partnerships. Each city is home to leading hospital networks, such as Cleveland Clinic, TriHealth, Mercy Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and OhioHealth, all of which seem to have a consistent need for BSN-educated nurses.

Overall, nursing is a vital profession, and there’s never been a better time enter the field. Contact our admissions team to learn more about why you should become a nurse, and how our 16-month ABSN program can help you accelerate into the profession.

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