I'm in an ADN program at a local community college. Both my parents are nurses, which obviously had a big impact on my career choice. My parents have been RNs now for approx. 22 years apiece, and they still love what they do. When I stress out about RNs I work with who tell me to quit nursing school
, my parents both say:
1. "Listen, would we let you go into a profession where we think you'd be abused or unhappy? You gotta shop around and take good care of yourself." I try to keep that in mind.
2. Another thing is that nursing is flexible. If you don't like a department/floor/hospital/etc you're working for, my plan is to leave! If you don't dig what you're doing, try another specialty, no?
3. Nursing's portability as a profession, not to mention the demand what with the shortage is also one of the best "fallbacks" that I could come up with. Don't like nursing and wanna do something else? Work as an RN while you get your act together to go do whatever it is you wanna do.
There you go. That's my pep talk when my fellow students are in tears and what I use to convince myself when I've just had it with my nursing instructors. Lemme know what you think of my logic (particularly if it's flawed!). Sorry this is like the hugest post ever too, lol.