I became a nurse as a 2nd career after 10 years in the military, at 34 years of age. You might say I was"called" to it...It really is a long story spanning back 15 years. But the final thing that motivated me to become an RN was when I had my son. He was premature and had a birth defect, requiring surgery and intensive care. The staff that took care of me when in labor and after were WONDERFUL; and I wanted to pattern myself after them.
However, the staff that cared for my son after his surgery were very unhelpful and did not keep us informed as much as we would have liked. They were rather cold and very clincal, but competent. (THESE WERE PEDIATRIC NURSES by the way).
Anyhow, I was shown in the span of 4 months what GOOD nursing meant to me and what NOT GOOD NURSING (in the point of view of a patient/mom), was like. But BOTH motivated me to become an RN.....so I went back to school when my son was quite young, earning my RN when he was 4.
I love what I do (ob/gyn nursing) and do it on my terms. I work when I want to; dont' when I am not able or desire to. I love my work and when I go in I try to give it my all. Bring an RN means to me, touching lives daily, really! I am there when newborns enter the world, when new families are made. How cool is that? It's what I always wanted to do. But being a health care professional is much more than this....
Being an RN means to me, modeling healthy behaviors for others...eating well, getting rest, not smoking, etc. Being an RN means never, ever ceasing to LEARN. Health care is one of the most dynamic fields in the world; you have to be willing to evolve WITH it, if you want to keep up. So as an RN, you must be willing to go to school(beyond college) here and there, seminars, read, work all the time to keep current! But most important to me, being an RN means caring, and being compassionate. It is about reaching out and touching people in need and caring for them in a competent way. It is a daily challenge and NOT at ALL easy at times. Sometimes, I want to QUIT! But it is a huge part of who I AM.
Yes, Everyone gets tired and has periods of burnout. When I do, I go to seminars, take a break, or just spend time with my family. Having a NON nursing hobby is critical to mental health. A good network of friends and family is also crucial. It is how I strike a balance in my life I leave my WORK at WORK, and when HOME am truly AT HOME! I wish your daughter the best in her school project. I hope I was able to help in my NOT very eloquent way.