Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 15

Ok, I'm a bit frustrated with all of these posts telling us that we shouldn't go into nursing because we need a job and steady income. Sure, I do like to help people, but I need a steady job even... Read More

  1. by   PrincessDingaling
    Hi everyone...

    My story is a bit odd. I came to Manhattan almost 2 years ago to make it as an actress. I have starrted in off broadway shows, got a few soap opera auditions....things are going really well. I also make about no money with these things, but I love acting so much.

    I also LOVE medicine/working with patients. I have been volunteering at NYU medical for 1 1/2 years and it as been wonderful. It started out that I was helping to entertain the sick kids....but it has turned into more than that. My heart aches for them, and i cant wait to go in there and see "my" kids every Saturday.

    I decided to go into Nursing school. This will be my second degree (my first was in theater). I start NYU's accelerated 15- month BSN program in September. I have been working on pre-requisites for the past year. I am excited but also very nervous. My roomate is a nurse, and is becoming a nurse practioner. She has helped me a lot with al of my anxiety.


    Truth is, if I do have one true passion, it is being an actress. However, it is not easy to build a life with it. I constantly have to go out to auditions, even fly out to L.A. I have to spend 14+ hours at modeling shoots making almost nothing. I love nursing as well. i just wouldnt call it a passion. I know I want to work with kids.....I literally cant wait for Saturday to roll around to be with them. Also, my 4 year old neice was hit by a car last year.....she is ok now but it was so intense for a while there. Watching the nurses care for her was amazing.

    So, thats my story!
  2. by   Dream2BeNicUNurse
    Because I don't want to be a bill collector anymore.

    There are a lot of cna's and lpn's in my family no one could quite make it to RN and I would like to be the first.

    My cousin was in the NICU for 5 monts and I fell in love with the NICU department.

    It pays a lot more than the $18,000. I'm making now.

    I'm tired of going to work not knowing if I will be fired for some tecnicality that the company just made up to fire a bunch of people.

    I can go anywhere in the country and still have a job; if I want to move in the future.
  3. by   PrincessDingaling
    I have to say, I am a bit surprised about the earnings I have seen here.....In Manhattan, my roomate, an RN, is making $43/hour with only 2 years work experience. Granted, this is night shift, per diem, AND Manhattan....but still. I didnt realize it would range that much.
  4. by   1styear
    I live aout 15 min from Manhattan on North Shore of Long Island and am entering my second year of nursing school. I just like you Princessdingaling am shocked at some of the salary figures people quote. I guess I have to keep in mind rent, parking and general cost of living. Near me starting salary ranges but new grads are typically making 65k and most do some overtime so they can make 80-90. This seems like a great deal till you figure in that they pay over $2000 a month rent and $300 a month for parking in a garage. So I guess that'll be me -making a lot of money and somehow poor at the same time.
  5. by   jackleg27
    Job security and the money, plus endless oppurtunities and also it is not a Monday-Friday 8-5 gig. I hate those.
  6. by   suzy253
    Honestly.....
    I've always always wanted to do this
    I want to help people
    I hope to prove (to myself!) that I CAN do this at age 51
  7. by   Altra
    Quote from PrincessDingaling
    Hi everyone...

    My story is a bit odd. I came to Manhattan almost 2 years ago to make it as an actress. I have starrted in off broadway shows, got a few soap opera auditions....things are going really well. I also make about no money with these things, but I love acting so much.

    I also LOVE medicine/working with patients. I have been volunteering at NYU medical for 1 1/2 years and it as been wonderful. It started out that I was helping to entertain the sick kids....but it has turned into more than that. My heart aches for them, and i cant wait to go in there and see "my" kids every Saturday.

    I decided to go into Nursing school. This will be my second degree (my first was in theater). I start NYU's accelerated 15- month BSN program in September. I have been working on pre-requisites for the past year. I am excited but also very nervous. My roomate is a nurse, and is becoming a nurse practioner. She has helped me a lot with al of my anxiety.


    Truth is, if I do have one true passion, it is being an actress. However, it is not easy to build a life with it. I constantly have to go out to auditions, even fly out to L.A. I have to spend 14+ hours at modeling shoots making almost nothing. I love nursing as well. i just wouldnt call it a passion. I know I want to work with kids.....I literally cant wait for Saturday to roll around to be with them. Also, my 4 year old neice was hit by a car last year.....she is ok now but it was so intense for a while there. Watching the nurses care for her was amazing.

    So, thats my story!
    Welcome - kinda neat to have an actual actress along here, instead of just the rest of us drama queens! :chuckle (j/k)
  8. by   nursecompassion
    Basically it comes down to helping ppl. My family and strangers. I used to work in retail. I'd feel guilty being away from my children. However, now that I am an STNA and nursing student I don't have that guilt. Because I know that what I am doing truly benefits everyone. I am making a difference in someone else's life, even if it may be small or only for a little while. I love my job and the rewards that come with it emotionally and financially. Sure, there are times when I have bad days, but usually that is due to the slack of my co-workers, and you have that anywhere you go.

    Good luck,
    Julee
  9. by   finally
    No offense but its more than having a conscience when your dealing with patients and familys that are dealing with chronic illness' and end of life...Maybe a clinic is more your style?
    Quote from lizz
    Speaking of BS ... :chuckle

    How do you feel when all of these nurses say we shouldn't pursue nursing just because we need a job.

    I'm being totally honest here: Even when I've hated my previous jobs, I've always put forth my best effort.

    If peoples' lives are on the line, I'm not going to blow that off just because things might not be going well on the job.

    Just because you need the income, it doesn't mean you're going to be totally irresponsible. I do have a conscience, for crying out loud.

  10. by   finally
    You CAN do it...and people like you, that really want to help, make the most valuable nurses...anyone can give out meds etc...it's the nurses that take the extra two minutes to hold someone's hand or offer the husband of a dying woman if he would like a blanket that make the difference!!!! Good luck to you..
    Quote from suzy253
    Honestly.....
    I've always always wanted to do this
    I want to help people
    I hope to prove (to myself!) that I CAN do this at age 51
  11. by   Sheri257
    Quote from finally
    No offense but its more than having a conscience when your dealing with patients and familys that are dealing with chronic illness' and end of life...Maybe a clinic is more your style?
    No offense taken. Obviously, since I'm a student, I have no idea what area of nursing will be my "style" until I start working. Eventually, I'd like to work agency in a variety of jobs, so I could figure that out.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 10, '04
  12. by   gypsy72rose
    i went into nursing b/c it is a steady job. i graduate this friday and i am very glad that i do not have to listen to professors constantly implying that you should only go into nursing b/c you absolutely love people and no other reason is good enough.
  13. by   finally
    did you miss the lectures on the psychosocial/emotional aspect of human beings...i'm not saying you need to make best friends with all your patients, but come on...you make it sound like your going in to nursing like you'll be checking people out at the grocery store??? Have you ever been really sick and under the care of nurses?(I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm just trying to understand where your coming from) It's a lot more than a steady job...or at least it should be...Sincerely,

    Frusturated with some replies to this thread:stone

    Quote from gypsy72rose
    i went into nursing b/c it is a steady job. i graduate this friday and i am very glad that i do not have to listen to professors constantly implying that you should only go into nursing b/c you absolutely love people and no other reason is good enough.

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