Define "helping people" (turning tables)

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    I had to start a thread...I see a lot of people on here that want to change careers and go into nursing to "help people" or that's their reason for doing nursing as a first career. I have to admit, I wanted/still want to "help people", but I realized that nursing is about more than "helping people". You can "help people" in any career...so, I am turning the tables, all you people who are looking into nursing or nursing students, can you define what you mean that you want to "help people". Do you have any idea what kind of nursing you want to do, where do you see yourself in five years after nursing school, how exactly do you want to "help people"?
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    Since I'm hoping my love if trauma stays thru nursing school, I see my 'helping' as providing aid and comfort to individuals when their condition makes it unable for them to do it themselves or for their loved ones to do so. To me, getting a patient stabilized and in to their next step be it the OR, ICU, etc. is an essential 'helpful' item/thing in their survival and I want/will do what needs to be done to achieve that.

    Hopefully that makes sense.
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    Okay, I'll bite.

    I went into nursing because ever since I was a little kid I thought nurses were cool.

    I went into nursing because I hated sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day (which I did for several years).

    I went into nursing because each tidbit I learned about the human body fascinated me more than the one before it.

    Now, my favorite days are when my patient is so acutely ill that I am stretched to the very edge of my capabilities.

    However, the days I go home with a peaceful heart are the ones when my patient's family (I work Newborn ICU) confides their fears in me and I'm able to listen to them and validate them. I guess that's helping people.

    Oh, yeah, and I save lives - depending on the circumstances that may or may not be helping people (clarification: some of my cases involve ethical dilemmas and moral distress).
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    Growing up with a RN for a mother and a chief radiographer for a father I grew up around doctors, nurses and everything medical. Read mums old textbooks and med dictionary for fun and understood most of it. Before I started school I could read an X-ray! Im an ED nurse and love it, my sense of 'helping people' is when someone comes in in pain and leaves with a diagnosis or pain free. If I can help ease the pain for a family whose husband,father or brother was just killed, I can leave happy!
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    Thanks. I meant this question towards the people who are looking into nursing because they want to "help people", not so much for the nurses who have been in the field awhile. But, since it went there...

    I want to be able to educate people to empower them to make informed decisions about their health and well being; be in a position that challenges me with problems that need to be solved; and that I can use (and build on) the strengths of a community and add my skills and knowledge to combat the weaknesses/issues, in order to leave the community better off to deal with certain issues in the present and prevent them from occurring in the future. I enjoy collaborating with community outreach agencies with the goal of getting people what they need, in order to live a better life. I think it's important to consider the big picture and how a person's environment, their support system (or lack there of), socioeconomic situation, and their habits and lifestyle can impact their overall health. I think health care is a right, not a privilege and that everyone should have access to care, regardless of their ability to pay (or where they live...). That's why I want to be a public health nurse. I help by ensuring access to the healthcare and other resources (including education as it relates to health promotion and disease/disability prevention) that a person or community needs to maintain an optimal level of health and well-being.

    Sometimes, I just think "help people" is a very vague phrase that can be applied to many occupations. I guess what I am getting at is people should ask themselves--"what do I expect from a nursing career?", "what do I like about my current job/career?", "what do I hate about my job/career?", etc.
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    I became a nurse to promote physical and mental health for patients. Showing patients they have the strength they never thought they had.
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    I want to be a CDE eventually. I want to work with under served diabetic populations (Hispanic, Native American, and people living in poverty) teaching them ways to manage the disease and not slowly kill themselves. I am really passionate about health advocacy as well, and I feel that being a nurse is the best way to accomplish that. I have been the patient all my adult life, and I can say I also want to be the good part of nursing and that the callous uncaring bad part. I have a strong drive to help people get better or live better with disease.
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    Quote from wish_me_luck
    Sometimes, I just think "help people" is a very vague phrase that can be applied to many occupations. I guess what I am getting at is people should ask themselves--"what do I expect from a nursing career?", "what do I like about my current job/career?", "what do I hate about my job/career?", etc.
    I agree completely ... and wish more students would think as you do ... and give the issues you are raising more thought before they invest in nursing school.

    I wish you the best of luck in your nursing career.
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    I'm a second career nursing student. I'm 42. This is the only career that fits all my criteria:

    Physically demanding (can't help it, I love being physically pushed)
    Will last for the 20 years I need
    Is recession proof (although not as much as I first thought)
    Pays the bills
    Is interesting
    Isn't behind a desk
    Has tons of options
    Yes, somewhat will help people
    Is in a science based field (I'm a science nerd)

    I "helped people" in my last job as a personal trainer. I "helped people" for the last 13 years as a stay at home mom. That's not my motivation. I need to be able to pay my bills in a way that doesn't drive me crazy, and, I hope, nursing does that for my family.
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    Quote from KAR813
    Since I'm hoping my love if trauma stays thru nursing school, I see my 'helping' as providing aid and comfort to individuals when their condition makes it unable for them to do it themselves or for their loved ones to do so. To me, getting a patient stabilized and in to their next step be it the OR, ICU, etc. is an essential 'helpful' item/thing in their survival and I want/will do what needs to be done to achieve that.

    Hopefully that makes sense.
    Gold star, KAR813. And for all of the people who think that studying nursing theory is TBS (not the television network), check this one out.
    Nursing theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Hint: KAR813's favorite is Orem, usually used in rehab etc but applies anywhere. Read some of the others and see what yours is-- that will answer your question.


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