if you had a chance to do it all over again

  1. I was in live discussion and had an interesting convo with some in which suggested ideas of what they would do if they had a chance to start over again. What would be your choices? Possibly other areas of the medical field?
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  3. by   RNforLongTime
    If I had it to do over again I would still choose Nursing! I love nursing! The only thing I ever wanted to be when I was a child was a nurse. I worked long and hard to acheive that goal! And today, I passed my ACLS course!
  4. by   VickyRN
    I would still choose nursing
  5. by   ERNurse752
    Congrats on passing ACLS...it's a pretty nerve-wracking experience, ain't it?

    I'm not sure if I would choose nursing...but I might. Other careers that sound interesting to me are teaching, law enforcement, music, art...lots of other things.
  6. by   live4today
    Congrats, kaknurse, on passing the ACLS test!

    If I had it to do all over again KNOWING WHAT I KNOW TODAY...maturity to boot...I would become the doctor that I always dreamed about becoming since the age of eight.

    I wanted to be a doctor so bad I could taste it. I read the book titled "Elizabeth Blackwell, MD. -- First Woman Doctor" so many times that the local Librarian use to say to me, "Little girl, why don't you get your mommy and daddy to buy you that book. Nobody else gets a chance to check it out." She winked at me, and patted me on the head. I wanted my mommy and daddy to buy me that book, too, but we didn't come from money, and many days we were blessed just to be able to have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. So, I kept checking that book out over and over and over again.


    "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason." -- Jerry Seinfeld
  7. by   wrkoutgirl
    hi Renne. that was such a sweet story! it touched me very much. how did you end up being a nurse? i love nursing. i don't think i would enjoy being a doctor more than being a nurse. there is a lot more pt contact, quality time and emosional support to give to our pts as nurses then as doctors. they seem to always being in a hurry and very short with their pts. i've only seeing one MD who impressed me. I saw him sitting down on the bed very close to his pt while placing his arm around her back. in a very gentle way, slowly and very affectionate he explained to my pt about her condition and the plan of care for her. I know doctors have a very bussy and thigh schedulle but i love nursing and i feel very fortunate that i was able to become one of them. stay weel you all and have a nice weekend. monica:chuckle
  8. by   live4today
    Hi Monica!

    I became a nurse at the suggestion of a very dear friend who went to college with me. I started out as a psyche major, and this friend happened to be in a few of my psyche classes. (We became very dear friends after meeting one another in that class). My friend said to me, "Why don't you go into nursing? You sound like the kind of person who would do well as a nurse." To make a long story short, I checked into the program, and was accepted, so that was the beginning of my becoming a nurse.

    I took one of those college test that helps the student decide what career field they should pick based on their personality, their weak and strong academic areas, etc. My test came back saying that I should go into politics, religion, or math. Those were the top three on the test. Nursing was waaaaaaayyy at the bottom of that test. :chuckle Yet, I chose the path "less traveled" since I already knew a great deal about the top three on my test. Today, I wonder if I shouldn't have gone with one of the other three instead of nursing, although I still love nursing. I loved math, and never once thought of it as a career choice. Duh? Silly me! Women math professors are in great need. Religion is only something I could do in a counseling aspect/book writing/educational aspect. Politics? :chuckle Me? My hubby thinks I would fit right in with the politicians, however.

    So, here I am a nurse today! I love nursing from the patient nurse aspect of healthcare, but I do not like the political jargon, the red tape, the management B.S., etc. that nurses are having to contend with today. I miss patient care, but I don't miss the politics of it.

    "Experience is the name everyone gives to his/her mistakes." -- Woodrow Wilson
  9. by   leesonlpn
    definitely would choose nursing again. However, I think I would have stuck with my after school lounge singer lessons, be present in that parade after all those baton lessons, did more "first" kisses instead of waiting, stuck my toes in more mud puddles, and wish to god I knew then what I know now.
  10. by   Jenny P
    I'd still choose nursing as that is something I am good at and (after 33 years at it) I still love it. Each day I go to work with the attitude that I will learn something new and I will help someone at their most vulnerable point of their lives.
  11. by   SICU Queen
    Despite it all, I'd still choose nursing. I'm good at what I do, and although I go home very often feeling frustrated, the rewards are innumerable.

    It does my heart good to make a difference in someone's life, or death.
  12. by   lisadavis
    i didn't choose nursing it chose me. i never thought about being a nurse, i never dreamed about being a nurse. i realy didn't even know exactly what nurses did. i needed a job. i went to work in a nursing home and my DON told me she thought i would make a good nurse and the rest is history. i've been at it for 16 years now. I've worked everywhere from a jail to a psych ward. right now i'm in home care. i now plan to go to law school to try and help nurses and nursing (at least a little part of it LOL)
  13. by   kids
    I didn't really chose Nursing in a noble, want to help others sense.

    I had my daughter when I was 16 and got married when I was 17. At 22 I was newly divorced from a drug addictided pathologically unemployed abusive alcoholic and had 3 little kids to support. I was working as a dancer and knew I had job security as long as my body stayed firm and my skin clear.

    My Mom is a Nurse and I saw it as a 'tolerable' profession that made GOOD money fresh out of school and would always be in demand.

    Thank God I like it and am good at it.

    I do regret I didn't accept any of the offers as a new grad that would have paid for relocation and gotten me into critical care. I find myself at almost 40 looking for an acute care peds position with a goal of going into PICU or NICU.

    If I reach a point where I cant stand Nursing nymore I'll likely go into telecommunications/network administration.
  14. by   fergus51
    Still nursing, though I would've gone into it right away and at another school!

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