Please tell me why you dreamed of being a nurse from a young age - page 3

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Hi everyone! I love being a nurse! However, I am that nurse who did not dream of becoming a nurse as a child. Even when I worked in the nursing home (a job that I loved), I swore that I would never be a nurse! It was not... Read More


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    It's funny because my family is full of nurses. I actually wanted to be a doctor and would spend time at my uncles practice as a kid. I wanted to be just like him. I went to a party school and I partied too much. Came home and decided to go back to school because I was paying student loans and didn't have a degree. It was a choice between nursing and IT and I picked nursing because I found out several of the hospitals had student loan repayment for nurses. So I became a nurse and now I'm going back for IT lol.

    So no it wasn't a calling. And even though I have a ton of nurses in my family I never knew what a nurse did until I actually sat down with my school advisor and realize I could finish in a year. I already had all the pre-reqs done because I was premed before. So I got an associates degree and started working as a nurse.

    I agree with the poster that said the people where nursing is a calling must have been exposed to a nurse at an early age.

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    I never had any idea what I wanted to do with my life. When I was 17 I took a job as an aide at an MRDD facility for two years and as a result I said that I never wanted to work in healthcare again. I had my son when I was twenty and was waitressing when I decided that I wanted to go to college. The only two options that I was semi-interested in was nursing and teaching because we are fairly limited in our options in this area with majors. I chose nursing because of the better hours and pay. I had absolutely no idea what a nurse actually did.
    I excelled at the science co-req's and was admitted to the nursing program after only one semester. I did not like nursing school, and felt that I had made the wrong choice. I did well in classes and graduated valedictorian but I was also so anxious in clinicals that I absolutely hated it. I always felt as if I didn't know what I was doing, regardless of how much I prepared. I didn't let myself realize that I was still learning and that I had never been exposed to the things that we were doing before. At my preceptorship everything fell into place and came together, and that is when I fell in love with nursing and realized that I made the perfect choice in a career.
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    I didn't want to be a nurse from a young age. I just loved science and physiology.

    If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't be a nurse. I love medicine, and the patients are the reason I've kept going. I don't necessarily regret my choice, but I don't love "being a nurse." I'd prefer a different role within medicine.
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    I have always enjoyed medicine as child. I was the one glued to MD T.V. shows and Emergency! lol. I always wanted to be a paramedic but I can't due to motion sickness. A nurse was an after thought for me. I knew I wanted to help others. I didn't realize my path until high school, when I enrolled in a CNA class. Soon after, I found job in a LTC with a nurse that was also a nun. Her strength, wisdom and caring fascinated me. I wanted to be just like her.
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    Quote from tokmom
    I have always enjoyed medicine as child. I was the one glued to MD T.V. shows and Emergency! lol. I always wanted to be a paramedic but I can't due to motion sickness. A nurse was an after thought for me. I knew I wanted to help others. I didn't realize my path until high school, when I enrolled in a CNA class. Soon after, I found job in a LTC with a nurse that was also a nun. Her strength, wisdom and caring fascinated me. I wanted to be just like her.
    "Emergency!"

    Holy Moses. I remember that show as a little kid. I had a little-girl crush on Randolph Mantooth. Ha! But then, I also had a crush on The Man From Atlantis."

    There's no accounting for taste....
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    Ok, I'm the oddball here. I'm the one that wanted to be a nurse from the age of 6. I don't know why, I had absolutely no outside influence. No one was sick, no one in my family had ever had a college education. My Dad tried to tell me nursing would be hard & "gross" with horrible hours but as the years passed & I never changed my mind he became one of my biggest supporters.
    My favorite TV program was Quincy MD as a very young child.

    I'm not a sappy kind of person by any means but I can't help but believe I got put on this earth to take care of people. At 46 I still can't imagine doing anything else.
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    Thank you to everyone who posted! Thank you for sharing your stories!


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