Quote from PennyLane
If it's your dream, then do it! Religion has nothing to do with nursing. At least not for me. Not any more than religion had anything to do with my decision to work with computers (something I did for 5 years and hated).
I'm enjoying nursing school and working in a hospital environment. I love my clinicals and learning how to think like a nurse. And I agree, you should always be able to support yourself if the unthinkable happens down the road. Is your relationship with him holding you back? It sounds like he's supporting you--go for it!!!
Your right. 90% of nurses are just paycheck nurses doing a job. Some do it well, some don't but religion or building the kingdom of God on earth is not what they are in nursing for. We need those 90%.
All I know is that I came to nursing following a deep religious conversion, and it is the strength that sustains me in it. I don't know how regular nurses do it. I'm so selfish that unless nursing benefited me in a deep spiritual way, I wouldn't do it. I suspect others are selfish, too, so it makes me wonder what they get out of it. I mean, imagine wiping someone's anus if it wasn't for the glory of the love that is shown doing it. Imagine letting an old lady or man ramble on about their past while pretending to be interested if it wasn't for the glory of hanging on that particular cross. I think most of nursing sucks. But I'm at my best on the floor. I become like Christ when I'm on the floor; it's like Christ takes over and my ego/identity fades away. On my days off, I'm just another a**hole who judges, snips, and needs everything to be my way.
Working the floor is hard and it often sucks, but in that it changes me into my "Higher Self" it becomes like glory--just like when Jesus hung on the cross and considered that to be his glory.
I told you I was whacked.