I'm sorta the same as the others in here who became nurses because of childhood experiences. Mine is slightly different. When I was hospitalized at 12 for severe bronchitis/ pnuemonia, I had the WORST nursing care you can imagine. Halfway thru the first night my IV pump went off, the nurse came in, took my bag off the pump and closed the slider clamp half way and left the bag like that. A half hour later I wake up to my mom lying across me frantically pulling on the bag and my arm. She told me to go back to sleep, I did. She told me later that the bag was empty when the nurse took it off the pump, hence why it was beeping, and slide the clamp to KVO, or so my ma thought. Turns out she didn't, she barely closed the clamp. By the time my mom woke up enough to realize what happened, the bag and tubing were empty and about to infuse into me. Yep, one big air embolism. Anyways, when my ma, a nurse, went to the nurses station to tell them, the nurses were there, feet up gossiping. They told my ma they would get to it, I could live without some fluid. My ma nearly had a coronary and started to raise all hell. The charge nurse told her that she shouldn't expect special treatment just because she's a nurse.
Anyways, throughout that week I was made to feel like a burden. That's a really nice thing to do to a kid who can't even walk to the bathroom. I remember my ma fighting tooth and nail to get me a dinner I would eat, permission for my friends to visit, and other little things to make me feel better, hell this was 2 weeks before Christmas and a week before my 13th birthday. The nurses treated us like burdens. For the most part of that week I was the only fricking patient.
Anyways over the next 10 years, until now I've had cruddy care to great care. In nursing school
I vowed that every child I take care of would feel love and feel like he or she was a joy to take care of.
And also the other reason I became a nurse. My ma. After 35 years in nursing, she still loves it. She's smart, compassionate, and a great teacher. She is the poster child for nursing and the best nurse God ever saw fit to place on this earth.