One huge reason I want to be a nurse

  1. OK. So I'm probably pretty atypical for a nursing student. I am a retired USAF aviator after 22 years and probably don't HAVE to do much of anything more with my life. I'm 46 and decided it is too early to "hang up my spurs". So, after much thought and consideration, I'm enrolling in an accelerated BSN program this summer. Should have my BSN in Mar of 2015. Anyway, a friend posted this video on FB today and it nicely sums up a large part of my motivation for wanting to be a nurse.

    Also, I don't know anyone at Cleveland Clinic and they aren't paying me to post this. I just like the video. What do you all think?
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Mar 25, '13 : Reason: embed video
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  3. by   roser13

    It's a lovely video. I will admit that I didn't watch the entire thing - couldn't take it. It reminded me of the Johnson & Johnson fairy tale commercials about nurses.

    Maybe someone could strap a camera to a med/surg nurse's head for a Nurse-Cam commercial for nursing? A single episode of that and most nursing students would run screaming from their labs and classrooms.

    Ok now, bring on the nursing students who will call me a cynical, jaded, need-to-retire old bat.
  4. by   Morganalefey
    Beautiful video! And a great reminder to us to remember how our patients might be feeling when we are getting bogged down in all we have to do!

    Good luck to you! I'm sure you'll make a great nurse!
  5. by   Tait
    Ok now that I have finished crying lol. I think it was a lovely video and it encompassed a lot of how I always tried to think of my patients. I would say I enjoyed that they included co-workers in there, as that was one place I often forgot about when it came to empathy. I think it is a great reason to be a nurse and it is possible to gain a wonderful perspective on living and dying
  6. by   mc3
    Thank you for sharing that. It was beautiful! mc3
  7. by   eatmysoxRN
    Loved it.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  8. by   xoemmylouox
    That was a nice video, and oh so true. Everyone has a story, too bad so often we are so busy we don't have the time to hear them.
  9. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    I really like this video.

    Several times in the last 45 years could I have been one of those people...

    We all have stories and each of us deserves compassion... though I freely admit that I sometimes struggle to dredge any up.

    This job can suck the soul out of a person... the challenge is to maintain strong boundaries while still being able find compassion for the circumstances of somebody else, even if they created them themselves.

    Some of the stories that I hear from my patients are heart-wrenching... as might my own be one day.

    mrnightinggale, if you've got the brains, judgement, and work ethic to be an Air Force aviator - and a heart that is touched by a video like this - I welcome you into this fraternity.
  10. by   SwansonRN
    Awwww...enjoy the ride and keep that compassion for as long as you possibly can!
  11. by   ThinkAgain
    Are you kidding with this video?
  12. by   samadams8
    Quote from sarakjp
    Awwww...enjoy the ride and keep that compassion for as long as you possibly can!
    Right bc there is no shortage of controlling, abusive types that have done their best and are doing their best to continue to screw up the profession. Sad but too true.
  13. by   Enthused RN
    Quote from roser13
    Ok now, bring on the nursing students who will call me a cynical, jaded, need-to-retire old bat.
    No, I wouldn't call you a need-to-retire old bat, just a realist! I'm currently a nursing student and just a few months away from graduating an accelerated BSN program myself. I intern on a stepdown unit where frequently I'm thinking "Ugh! This sucks! Everyone is so overloaded including myself and nobody seems to care about the work we put in!" but in-between, there are amazing moments sprinkled in that keep me going. OP, the video was actually kind of nice but I couldn't finish it myself either. I love what I do, but it's so not glamorous and oftentimes the nurses I work with are under-appreciated. Just something to keep in mind. Take everything with a grain of salt.
  14. by   NurseDirtyBird
    Everybody wants us to walk in the patients' shoes, and nobody wants to walk in the nurses' shoes. Probably because they know it'll make their feet hurt.
    Last edit by NurseDirtyBird on Mar 24, '13 : Reason: 18 month old proofreader