I am really excited about nursing school
. I have been working full time and taking prereq's at night, but starting in January I will be going to school full time.
I naively thought everyone would be really happy for me and supportive of me changing careers to become a nurse. The reactions have been quite different.
When I told my mother, she didn't say anything for a moment and then said "That's the last thing I ever thought you would do. Why don't you become a travel agent instead?" Travel agent????
My dad said "You never did well in science in high school. Why do you want to study something you're not good at?"
My friends were really enthusiastic about me going back to school until they found out I was going to nursing school. They are saying things like "What about all the blood and nasty stuff you will have to touch. How gross!"
Luckily my husband is super supportive and really wants me to do this. But I am shocked and hurt that everyone else is so negative. What's wrong with being a nurse? It's not like I'm quitting my job to become a topless dancer!
Going back to school will be a challenge and I was hoping I would get lots of support from my friends and family. Instead, I have stopped talking about school with them because it makes me feel bad.
Has anyone else gotten a lot of negative feedback when they told people they want to be a nurse?