More questions about why you went into nursing!

  1. hello all,

    i'm a senior nursing student and would like to pick the brains of practicing nurses! i am also interested in what drives people to choose this profession and would love to hear any responses to the following questions:

    1. who are some of the patient's that have influenced you (either in a positive/negative way) throughout your career?
    2. what are some of the reasons that you decided to become a nurse and are those still the same today?
    3. what are some things you find discouraging about the profession and how do you manage/overcome the discouragement?
    4. if you could change one thing about nursing what would it be?
    5. what are some of the ways you prevent getting burnt out and how do you pick yourself up when you feel that way?

    i know it seems lengthy, answer what you want and feel free to add other information as you would like - i'm sure i'm not the only one who would be interested in seeing the responses out there!

    thanks - look forward to hearing from ya!
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  3. by   CRNA2007
    The only reason I became a nurse was to go to Nurse Anesthesia school. Many patients influenced this decision mainly all the ones that were demanding a pain in the rear or the never ending whining and complaining unappreciable family members


    Quote from mtnbikeguera71
    Hello all,

    I'm a senior nursing student and would like to pick the brains of practicing nurses! I am also interested in what drives people to choose this profession and would love to hear any responses to the following questions:
  4. by   Jo Dirt
    I needed a job paying more than minimum wage.

    Sometimes, I would choose minimum wage.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am glad I chose nursing. Our work is useful.
    We promote health, prevention of illness, and care for sick, injuredndisabled and dying people.
    We advocate for our patients best interests and wishes, promote a safe environment, do research, participate in shaping health policy, and educate.

    I appreciate the kindness of my fellow nurses and friends.

    I'm thankful for my nurse teachers, professors, mentors, colleagues, and nurses who have cared for my loves ones.

    We nurses can help ease physical and emotional suffering. Sometimes we save a life. Sometimes we assist in a dinified death.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Nursing was never a higher calling, and it never was my life's passion. I'd define a passion as something which you could not live without, and I could definitely envision myself doing something other than nursing.

    I chose nursing for the steady income, flexible work hours, advancement opportunities, versatility, and career mobility. I am not ashamed to admit that the paycheck motivates me to return to work every week, because I have a certain loyalty to my bank account.

    If I could change one thing about nursing, I would get rid of all of the very difficult patients, abusive family members, and testy doctors that serve to make my life at work a living hell.
  7. by   MIA-RN
    [quote=mtnbikeguera71;2456392]hello all,

    i'm a senior nursing student and would like to pick the brains of practicing nurses! i am also interested in what drives people to choose this profession and would love to hear any responses to the following questions:

    1. who are some of the patient's that have influenced you (either in a positive/negative way) throughout your career? i think i've had the greatest influence from my patients that are honest and open....patients who share their dying and illness with me.
    2. what are some of the reasons that you decided to become a nurse and are those still the same today? i became a nurse because it dawned on me that nursing was what i was searching for. it is my passion. i still feel the same way but sometimes i think....why wasn't my passion sitting home watching soap operas? :spin:
    3. what are some things you find discouraging about the profession and how do you manage/overcome the discouragement? on of the discouragements i've faced is coworkers who treat newer nurses like less than the mrsa germs on the soles of their nursemates. i wish older nurses would offer encouragement instead of condescention. i think that nurses also don't always have supportive management (although i personally do). i"d like to see more support for newer nurses, and i'd like to see more managers that know how to communicate and really pitch in. again, my manager is awesome, but its a general thing i've seen/heard.
    4. if you could change one thing about nursing what would it be?the media image comes to mind.
    5. what are some of the ways you prevent getting burnt out and how do you pick yourself up when you feel that way? i spend my time off as me time, and i allow myself to destress by hobbies instead of forcing myself to keep the house as spic and span as i used to. if i start feeling down, i read here. i read inspiring books about nursing. i meditate, walk the dog, hug the cat. i tell myself that ultimately, the rough patches pass, and they often leave good lessons in their wake.
    good luck with your survey!

    i know it seems lengthy, answer what you want and feel free to add other information as you would like - i'm sure i'm not the only one who would be interested in seeing the responses out there!

    thanks - look forward to hearing from ya!
  8. by   kielpotRN
    Actually this is more of a Personal Development PLan I just want to finish my portfolio and I need answers:
    1. In your current role, how do you see your career developing in the future?
    2. What are you plans for the next 12 months
    3. Within the next 3-5 years you would like to:
    4. Your long term goals/ aspirations are:
    5. What do you like most being a staff nurse:
    6. What you like least about being a staff nurse
    7. Where does your motivation and drive to work in your area comes from?
    8. What is your philosophy towards your profession?
    If you could answer all these questions I wouldn't be able to thank you enough..... Please I need all your reply now:spin::spin:
  9. by   mtnbikeguera71
    Thanks for your reply, MIA! Very encouraging...what type of nursing do you do, if you don't mind my asking?
  10. by   MIA-RN
    I am in med/surg. Mostly the surg part but the med part is there too!
  11. by   MIA-RN
    Quote from kielpotRN
    Actually this is more of a Personal Development PLan I just want to finish my portfolio and I need answers:
    1. In your current role, how do you see your career developing in the future?
    2. What are you plans for the next 12 months
    3. Within the next 3-5 years you would like to:
    4. Your long term goals/ aspirations are:
    5. What do you like most being a staff nurse:
    6. What you like least about being a staff nurse
    7. Where does your motivation and drive to work in your area comes from?
    8. What is your philosophy towards your profession?
    If you could answer all these questions I wouldn't be able to thank you enough..... Please I need all your reply now:spin::spin:
    If this is for your personal professional portfolio, I think that the questions are meant to be answered by you....

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