Everyone wants to be a nurse

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    Nursing is such a rewarding career that everyone wants a part of it. Why do you seek a career in nursing?

    For nurses: Do you agree that nursing is a rewarding career?



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    certainly, this hits the nail right on the head, just the other day i was speaking to a high school students in my area which were interested in pursuing nursing. having said that, i wish i had this cartoon with me at the time of my speech :d
    BostonTerrierLoverRN and lindarn like this.
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    I think nursing *can* be a rewarding career. Whether it is, or not, has much to do with the specific employer that one works for. Many employers are very good - for one reason or another - while others pretty much suck.

    Certainly all those folks unable to obtain full-time employment after graduation - or after layoff - or after 50, probably don't think it's all that rewarding.
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    I have had fleeting moments of reward as a nurse, when I was able to help a patient or family in some small way. Unfortunately, nursing as a profession has allowed itself to become glorified insurance clerks or data entry clerks. Real life nursing in no way resembles what is still being taught in nursing schools. In fact, don't get caught advocating for your patient or you will be told that your "time management skills are lacking". My advice to all potential nursing students is to find a nurse who will give the straight story. Find a nurse to talk to that is not a burnout waiting to retire, but also not one that still has stars in her eyes regarding nursing.
    SunTreasure, lindarn, and somedaypeds like this.
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    I have an idea....she can take my place and I'll go back to fourth grade!!
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    When I was in fourth grade I wanted to be a pilot, a firefighter, or an archeologist like Indiana Jones. 20 years later I'm waiting on an Enema to take effect so I can rush in with the bedpan- so I guess in some ways I'm a superhero.

    I wouldn't go back an pop that fourth grader's bubble though, but I think it would make waiting easier, eh?
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Apr 5, '12 : Reason: format
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    yeah, I get it....I too am close to fulfilling part one of my nursing dream, I am an LPN student ready to graduate and take the NCLEX in June....very excited to get nursing in the real world....Part two starts in September to pursue my LPN to BSN degree, while trying to balance my first full-time gig as a working nurse....all in all I am thrilled with my decision to become a nurse, and did so at the young age of 42 (second career)....plenty of years ahead of me in the profession, lets hope I never lose my positive Mojo lol.....
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    Good for you!! I qualified when I was 37. I'm 60 now, & wish I could retire, but still have fulfilling moments, now & then!! Keep going, it could be worse! You will be frustrated, you will go home wondering what you let yourself in for but you will also, probably in tears, go home & know you made a difference to someone.
    ruthalittle likes this.
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    I hate how nursing is automatically supposed to be an emotionally rewarding career. While medicine is supposed to be an intellectually and financially rewarding career. Because, ya'all, what a profession that is dominated by wimmins really needs is that emotional satisfaction. That's what makes all the day-to-day crap that we put up with okay.
    Borntobenurse? and applewhitern like this.
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    I still enjoy nursing after 21 years and hope to for many more. I enjoy the variety and drama and craziness of the ED. I started thinking about changing professions and then moved to NZ and refound that sparkle I had lost in the US


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