Nursing, Why?????

  1. I'm just curious why you chose nursing as your profession. I'm also interested to hear from nursing students and those not yet in nursing programs. With all that we are hearing from experienced nursing about all the headaches and stress, it can definitely give those of us not yet in nursing, pause to think of our decision. There are a lot of other health professions that one can go into if they wanted to help people. So why are you going/did you become a nurse?


    Kris
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   km rn
    I went into nursing thinking I could help people - make a difference in the person's life or their families.

    Unfortunately, the tasks, politics of healthcare, etc. make it difficult to feel like you are making a difference.
  4. by   Wannabe RN Kim
    I am not yet in the nursing program where I live but I plan on going into nursing because I want to make a difference in patients as well as their famililes lives. I want to be able to give people a second chance at life. My fiancee is always in the hospital and therefore I get to see a lot of what goes on in hospitals and I realize that they need more nurses who treat their patients as human beings and not just sick people.
  5. by   renerian
    I went into nursing to help people and my hubby kept getting laid off and I needed something that would support my family. My $8.00 per hour job was not cutting it supporting four people, a house and two cars.

    renerian
  6. by   crp2000
    I decided to go into nursing for the emotional/internal satisfaction derived from helping others...be it through providing hands-on health care or providing the information they need to get & stay better via simple conversation. I'm also looking forward to the flexibility of living & working ANYWHERE I WANT!!!
  7. by   Qwiigley
    I decided that nursing was something that I could always get a job in. I would always be in demand if I were an educated RN. I can live anywhere, travel and always have a job. Good when you grow up poor and want the reassurances of a stable life. Besides, I polish my halo daily.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    there is a section called "would you recommend nursing as a career?" you should check it out......i think you will find it enlightening...both positive and otherwise. This question is posed here at least once each month.....you may not get too many replies because of that. BUT it is a GREAT question!
  9. by   plumrn
    I love nursing!
    I love helping people to get back on their feet again, if possible. ...or helping them when there is no chance for that to happen. I love the feeling I have walking across the parking lot to my car after a fulfilling shift- patients got good care, the doctors were respectfull, and listened to our assessments, and our requests for their pts.; treated us like a fellow team member. And nurses were able to do their job, and go to the bathroom, and eat lunch, and de-stress if needed for a few minutes.
    The bad thing is, that kind of shift rarely happens, anymore.
    The pts are very sick, and we are stretched too thin. If you stop to offer emotional support here, or linger too long at a pts bedside there, another pt will not get their pain medication as soon as possible, and the one fresh from surgery, will not get vs's taken and assessment done as soon as they arrive to the floor, and the one vomiting down the hall may aspirate if you don't get there quick enough, etc., etc., etc.... At the end of the shift, you leave feeling stressed, angry, and very, very tired.
    I love nursing, but it is sure not what it should, or could be. But, when it is...it's wonderful!
    I love nursing!
  10. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    there is a section called "would you recommend nursing as a career?" you should check it out......i think you will find it enlightening...both positive and otherwise. This question is posed here at least once each month.....you may not get too many replies because of that. BUT it is a GREAT question!
    I wanted to get an idea how the student nurses feel on this pursuit. Why they chose nursing after reading some of the posts on this BB? Do they still feel the same as before starting nursing school...

    Kris
  11. by   Mkue
    The Human Body and Mind fasinate me.

    There is so much to do in Nursing, really a great field to go into.

    Marie
  12. by   MissdonditaBsn
    I wanted to go into the medical field. I was in love with the thought of dealing with anything medical and with helping people. I didn't have enough desire to want to go through all the school it would take to be a physician, too many people were becoming physical therapists. And then I read an article that talked about the shortage of nurses and about how hospitals were recruiting nurses before they even graduated, about the benefits of being a nurse, and the great pay for nurses (btw, this was in the late 80's or very early 90's). I was sold. I still love my profession. I am very proud to be a nurse, although I have taken a different road than what I originally planned. I don't think I could imagine doing anything else with my life (unless it was living a life of leisure, that I could imagine myself doing!!!)

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