Quick note - I put this in General Nursing because I want to talk to nurses, not students.
So I'm working on my nursing school
apps now, and I'm about done with my pre-req's. I'm a grown up (37) with previous work experience, kids, a husband, mortgage, etc.
I'm starting to doubt my decision to go into nursing. Not because I don't think I can do it - I think I can with the proper schooling and training. In fact, I think I'll make a half way decent nurse.
It's the culture I don't think I can handle. I know not everyone feels this way, so if you don't, please know this doesn't apply to you.
There seems to be this idea that if you're a nurse, you're special. I don't like this. It's as if you're better, you work harder, you're above other people (similar to teachers honestly). This makes me really, really uncomfortable. It's not just how other people view the profession, it's how some nurses view themselves (in my opinion, of course). It really, really bothers me (as it will apply to me, not as it applies to anyone else). I already get the big eyes, and the hand to the throat and the "I could NEVER do that, you're an angel" when I mention my ambition is nursing. It makes me not even want to mention it. I see shirts that say "I bust my a** so I can save yours" - like that's going to be my job, isn't it?
I'm not going into nursing because I've been "called" to do so. I want an interesting job, that pays decently and that I get to keep learning at. I'm not really altruistic. I mean, I like helping people, but it's not the driving force of my life.
I know this probably sounds really dumb, but it's been bothering me for months now. I hate being put on a pedestal, because I guarantee I'm going to fall off. I guess not meeting expectations (regardless of how ridiculous they are) people have of me is a fear of mine. Is this something that I'll get over? Or that will stop bothering me? I hate people thinking that I'm something I'm not.
Sorry for being ridiculous. Sometimes it slips out.
Thanks in advance.
Jun 7, '17
There are plenty of nurses who didn't get into nursing for the pure love of people. But no matter your reason for getting into nursing, if you truly are a good nurse, it's a big deal--just like it's a big deal if you're a good engineer, teacher, architect, etc. If you ever feel uncomfortable about someone offering you praise, why don't you ask them to tell you more about their aspirations? I take no issue with people admiring the fact that I'm in nursing, but I never let the "nurse convo" go on for more than a few minutes; I always ask them about their aspirations, their careers, what they've been up to. When both both parties can admire and appreciate each other, there is absolutely no awkwardness.
Last edit by Purple_roses on Jun 7, '17