Quote from Dempather
... Did any of you ever swear never to go into this profession and have a change of heart? Or did you always know this was what you were going to do?
I am very new, (pre NCLEX). As a former EMT/Fire-Fighter, (the grandaughter of a FF who lost his sister to a Fire) I always thought that it would be far too painful to work with burns.
However, suddenly, (oh, after nearly 20 years of wanting to be a Nurse) I have done and about face.
I'm soon to be stationed at Brook Army medical Center and they specialize in burn treatment.
Currently I do not know what my unit would be but, I know that I would now jump at the chance to work with burn patients. I guess when you really think that you couldn't or wouldn't do something for so long and then fully reconsider it and change your mind then you are fully willing to devote to it. Maybe its because you've worked out any issues of doubt that could nag at you during the inevitable tough times.
After working in hospice and oncology I left it and thought I'd never go back but, I also changed my mind and when I went back it was very meaningful to me, I would also work oncology too. I am not a nurse yet and those experiences were as a tech assistant.