I have been a RN for three years now. Prior to going to school I was told by a nurse that nursing is the last profession to pursue as a career. Currently we have a nursing shortage and there are less and less people pursuing a career in nursing. I have noticed many nurses are cynical about our profession. Why should nursing be pursued as a career? What does nursing offer as a profession? With the current attitudes of nurses why would anyone want to be nurse? Personally I love my profession and would not trade it for anything! I think we need to project a postive attiude of our profession. The shortage is not going to change anytime soon but if our attitude doesn't where will we get new nurses from? Any comments?
Jan 16, '02
I have been an RN for over four years now. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a nurse and that is what I am doing. As a nurse, there are unlimited career opportunities. The pay is decent. You can go anywhere in the USA and are pretty much guaranteed of finding a job. You get to see people at their worst and at their best. You help people through birth and death. Nursing is a way to really make a difference in the lives and well being of other humans.
The biggest reward for me is when a patient or family member tells me that I am a good nurse. That is what makes it all worthwhile.
I know that not all of my fellow nurses feel this way. I look at it like this---If we didn't truly love it then we wouldn't be doing it.