Top ten list

  1. If you were asked to write a list entitled;

    "The Top Ten Reasons for Entering the Nursing Profession"

    what would be on the list?

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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   tiger
    10. you get lots of "on the job exercise. 9. you learn to diagnose yourself as well as family and friends with various disorders. 8. you get to work instead of being bothered with holiday meals and such. 7. you learn to take criticism. 6. you learn time management. 5. you learn to read between the lines and not to believe everything people tell you. 4. you learn the importance of toilet seat covers. 3. you'll discover a strength within yourself if you are able to return to work day after day. 2. you may be able to retire one day. 1. you get to wear a cardboard hat at least during school(exclusively for the females, sorry guys. we know you are jealous-NOT)
  4. by   alwaysthere
    for me i dont think i could explain it , it defies words. Its always been in my blood, you could say, My grandmother my mother and several of my closests friends are in nursing and ive been in one way or the other since i was twelve. I love the feeling you get when you see someone walk out better, healthy going home to there loved ones , when youve helped them be even just a little bit better that day, or when youve helped them hang on just a bit longer so they can say all their goodbyes.
  5. by   thisnurse
    tiger....lol

    i dunno if i can come up with 10.
    one of the reasons i entered nursing is that i wanted to "pay back" some of the great care i got when i was in a car accident.
    the main reason however, was that i wanted to do something that really made a difference. i cant think of a better profession.
    im proud of what i do.
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    Reason #1:

    Matthew 25:
    34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
    37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
    40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
    41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
    44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
    45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
    46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

    I look in my patients' eyes, it is Jesus who looks back.

    Reason # 2:
    12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

    In short, nursing is a very spiritual experience for me. I know that when I don't do anything different, yet my patients tell me that I somehow made them feel better.
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Jun 27, '02
  7. by   jannyandkirby
    Sleepyeyes, the words you've posted are most relevant to the reasoning that went to my decision to go into nursing...Thank you so much! I know that I'm rewarded with great joy and satisfaction as His servant.
    I'm not clever enough to think of ten reasons for going into the profession. How bout a few...?

    wearing comfy tennis shoes to work everyday...

    the hospital cafeteria food is actually pretty good (at least where I work)

    It feels good that I'm trusted with the lives of some very sick patients in CCU...(when I was growing up, my mom didn't trust me to bake cookies by myself )
    Last edit by jannyandkirby on Jun 27, '02
  8. by   ERNurse752
    Because you get to gross out friends and family at the dinner table...
  9. by   ERNurse752
    Oh, and free samples!
  10. by   shygirl
    sleepyeyes,


    wow
  11. by   adrienurse
    Perverse need to be in the middle of absolute chaos.
  12. by   Nurse Ratched
    The joy of the confused looks you get from non-medical folks when you refer to a "code brown."
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It's in my blood, and I was "called to it" .....that is all I can say.
  14. by   Aussienurse2
    Well according to Heathers little psych pop quiz I have a dependant type personality so I guess it's all those people in all those beds who NEEEEDD MMEEEE!!!!! YYYYYAAAAYYYY!!!!

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