Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 18

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   RedSox33RN
    I haven't read through the whole post (up to 23 pages!), but I will say that I have several reasons. 1) I like the medical aspect of it - I find medical anything fascinating. 2) I know that I will always be able to find a job. There are so many areas to go into an specialize in. 3) The pay, at least around here, is good. You can name your price right now. I know it won't always be like that, but it will be for quite a while to come, what with a lot of nurses leaving the profession and not as many coming out of nursing school, due to instructor shortages. I know the same goes for dental hygenists. They can turn them out fast enough at a school I went to, and new grads are getting $50/hr in some places, experienced ones demanding $75/hr. Not too shabby!
  2. by   lifeisbeautiful
    Quote from lizz
    Ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.

    :uhoh21:
    Ah, you took the words right out of my mouth.:chuckle That was exactly what I was thinking to myself, but didn't have the guts to post it Most nurses say they do it because they love to help people. I think that is wonderful. My question is,if it for the love of helping people, why are so many nurses always squabbling for more money?

    One more thing. How come when nurses say they love to help people, but they also love the good pay, they are called "unethical", but people working at any other job for a lot of money (whether it is woking with people or not) are considered "accomplished", "hard-working" "deserving" ??
    Last edit by lifeisbeautiful on Jun 13, '04 : Reason: Add additional reply
  3. by   heatherbless
    Quote from lizz
    Ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.

    :uhoh21:
    right on sister! hty/
  4. by   sonessrna
    Quote from lizz
    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 more. So, I decided to post a poll to see if we can get some honest answers.

    There are so many reasons to go into nursing. You will never be bored...and if you get bored in one area...there are about one million others you can do. While you will probably get nights when you first get out of school...there will never be another job where you can work around your family. Childcare will rarely be an issue. Nursing is a challenge at all levels, LPN, ASN, BSN, MSN...never will you ever find a place where you can meet people at their worst time and do something to change their day!!! I love nursing. What I really like is how I can change how I practice nursing depending on what fits my personality! :chuckle
  5. by   heatherbless
    Quote from hyperstudent
    Sorry, but it is true. My house and car are paid for. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, and he makes damn good money . I do not have to work. I am going to be a nurse because there is something within my heart that has told me to follow my dream. And that my friend IS the whole truth.
    Good point--we have opinions on both sides of the fence and as with any good political debate--we can agree to disagree

    Best to everyone's future endeavors. hty/
  6. by   Mandylpn
    To be totally honest, this is my third career, my children are grown and moved out, and this is something I have really wanted to be since I was in my 20's. And part of it is a mid-life thing, if I don't do it now I will regret it, and I need something to do with my time. My goal is to give a little of myself to humanity.
  7. by   RegisteredNurse06
    I know this is going to sound cheesy to most of you but I can honestly say that being a nurse is a dream I've had for a loooooong time. I can honestly say that even as a little girl, I always wanted to be a nurse. I am a 32 yr old mother of 3 wonderful children who have, at times, had health issues. My daughter was born with Group B Strep 12 yrs ago this month. She was transferred to a hospital about 2 hrs from home and spent 11 days in the NICU. The first few days she was there, I was stuck in our local hospital with extremely high bp which needed to be brought under control before I could be discharged. Otherwise, I'd be risking my life and I surely didn't want my daughter to be without her mother when she got well enough to go home. I stressed terribly because I worried she'd feel "abandoned". Yet, when I was finally able to make the first of many trips to the NICU to visit my baby girl, I found that even though I hadn't been there, my baby was being nurtured, not by me but by some really caring nurses. She was being held and rocked and cuddled and they even sang to her. She was actually SPOILED by the time I brought her home!:chuckle I have always been thankful for the care she received during that time because I felt they did for her what I couldn't do. A few yrs later, my son Zachary was born. At the ripe old age of 4 1/2 yrs old, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. He was very sick. He had arthritis like symptoms that were so severe, he couldn't stand to be moved, among many other symptoms. He was admitted to Children's Hospital about 2 hrs from here. He had the same nurse for several days and let me tell you, she was AWESOME! She could get my "mama's boy" to do things I couldn't get him to do. She was sweet and caring...She provided wonderful medical care but she didn't just care for my son's physical needs. She played trains with him...she walked the halls pulling him in the wagon...she brought him a chocolate snowman on Christmas morning(he was admitted on Christmas eve)....He really bonded with her because she cared how he felt. She took care of both the physical and the emotional needs he had and by the time we left, Zachary had declared that he was going to marry his nurse! Every year since then, we have visited his nurse when we go back for his follow-up cardiology appts. and she always remembers him and makes a huge fuss over him. She's always concerned about how he's doing and she loves his visits. He still talks about her and he still swears that he's going to marry her someday!Now, you're probably wondering why I had to share these stories in order to tell you WHY I am going into nursing. Again, nursing is something I always dreamed of doing.....But when these nurses gave such wonderful care to my children, they made a huge impact on not only my children's lives, but my life as well. I guess, in some ways, I almost feel a need to "repay" them by providing that same level of care to MY patients. I see the difference that they made in our lives and I want to do the same for others. Maybe this all sounds cheesy but I can honestly say that money isn't a factor in my decision to go into nursing. I've been a stay at home mom for 12 yrs now so we've managed to make it on my husband's salary for this long...I actually decided to go back to school just last year because my "baby" will be starting school next year and I kept wondering how I'd deal with that and what I'd do without any children at home......and then I decided to go back to school so that by the time he starts school, I will have a life of my own outside of the kids. Medicine has always been very interesting to me and I'm a "people" person. Nothing feels better in life than to know that I've done something to help my fellow man....I guess you could say that for me, nursing truly does feel like a calling to me. I really feel that this is where God wants me to be at this point in my life and I couldn't be happier about it. Of course, I'll have to admit that the extra income will be an added bonus!
  8. by   Altra
    Quote from wannabeanurse_2006
    Now, you're probably wondering why I had to share these stories in order to tell you WHY I am going into nursing. Again, nursing is something I always dreamed of doing.....But when these nurses gave such wonderful care to my children, they made a huge impact on not only my children's lives, but my life as well. I guess, in some ways, I almost feel a need to "repay" them by providing that same level of care to MY patients. I see the difference that they made in our lives and I want to do the same for others. Maybe this all sounds cheesy but I can honestly say that money isn't a factor in my decision to go into nursing. I've been a stay at home mom for 12 yrs now so we've managed to make it on my husband's salary for this long...I actually decided to go back to school just last year because my "baby" will be starting school next year and I kept wondering how I'd deal with that and what I'd do without any children at home......and then I decided to go back to school so that by the time he starts school, I will have a life of my own outside of the kids. Medicine has always been very interesting to me and I'm a "people" person. Nothing feels better in life than to know that I've done something to help my fellow man....I guess you could say that for me, nursing truly does feel like a calling to me. I really feel that this is where God wants me to be at this point in my life and I couldn't be happier about it. Of course, I'll have to admit that the extra income will be an added bonus!
    Not cheesy at all -- thanks for sharing your story!
  9. by   arudarbme
    [font=Comic Sans MS]i didn't have many choices when i finished highschool. back then in my poor provincial life, i was only fed with the idea of nursing, then wanting to become a doctor. my titas did encourage me, because they wnated me to go to the United States. i went into nursing, got attached to it, learned and loved the financial security it would bring, loved being with people (sick or well). lastly, and perhaps the most important reason (of which i just came to realize its importance) is the opportunity to be able to help them , understand them, relieve people's burden's, share their burdens, and love them.

    what about you????
  10. by   kbella1218
    My reasons for becoming a nurse:



    1. Pretty good pay

    2. Lots of job opportunities

    3. Shift work I can pick from

    4. Helping others. Yes this is last on my list b/c everything else is more important. But I do think I will enjoy nursing, or I wouldn't have chosen it as a career.
  11. by   totallytheresa
    I can tell you why I am going into nursing. I have always always worked with people, and I am very compassionate. Also, I came to the realization that my deadbeat ex husband will never help support my kids, so I needed to find a career where I can make a good living, and that is a possibility with nursing! PLus there is great job security, if you're good at what you do, which I am aspiring to be! Also, because I find people to be so very interesting! How different we all are, our bodies, etc.... I love learning new things, and having that knowledge to really help people, that is going to be great. I am excited to meet new people, and have a nice future ahead of me!




    Quote from lizz
    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 more. So, I decided to post a poll to see if we can get some honest answers.

  12. by   RN2BinPA
    Quote from lizz
    Ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.

    :uhoh21:
    I know I certainly would. Yes, the pay is a HUGE bonus, DO NOT get me wrong! But if your heart is not in the patient care, then is it really worth it to you? I mean think about it. I have been in several hospitals and exposed to the medical field long enough, and nothing irratates me more than a nurse for the money! You can tell these one's. I certainly do not want to judge character, but I can say that there are a few that made me SOOOOOOOOOO very mad when my grandma was in the hospital, I just wanted to throw them right down in her bed and treat them like they were her. (and they were the healthy one, wouldn't have liked it, IM SURE!!!) That gave me all the more inspiration to start the career I was born into. I just wish that all of them had thier heart behind it and realize they too some day could be treated in a terrible manner when they are very ill. I am not saying that all the $$$ nurses do, but you certainly can feel the difference. And in another defense, all the patients that I've seen on *low income* insurance think they are getting blown off in the ER's because they have to "wait". Well, maybe we should put them behind the scenes to show them .....everyone has priorities, and it's not a place to earn frequent flyer miles!!!! :angryfire
  13. by   Saved_by_Grace
    "and in another defense, all the patients that i've seen on *low income* insurance think they are getting blown off in the er's because they have to "wait". well, maybe we should put them behind the scenes to show them .....everyone has priorities, and it's not a place to earn frequent flyer miles!!!! :angryfire"


    [font=lucida sans unicode]do you really feel it's fair to "label" all low income people like that? i am one of those people you are labeling, as i am struggling financially to get though nursing school after being layed off from the telecom industry. i use medicaid for my children as i am unemployed right now. i understand that waiting is a part of life and have never thought that was why i was being blown off. it's the one's that label people as such that make me feel that way. but i respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. and i'm sure some patients that may be low income may seem that way, unappreciative to what is going on behind the scenes, while they are out in er room waiting.you just might not wanna label people is all i'm saying. i might get flamed for this but just wanted to share that not everyone on assistance is like that.
    Last edit by Saved_by_Grace on Jun 24, '04 : Reason: Add attachment

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