Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 25

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   AllyRN82
    Although I am just a beginning nursing student, my reasons for choosing this field were: I love to help people, I hate a mundane job and nursing certainly isn't that, I am looking forward to the better pay, and I enjoy the overall attitude of nurses.

    Just let me have my dreams
  2. by   RN4840
    I was a CNA for 5 years, a LPN for 3 years, and have been an RN for 3 years. I truely went into nursing because I love taking care of other people. It gives me a great satisfaction at the end of the day to know I have helped another human being. Of course we all have bills to pay and need a job, but if you don't love your job what's the point?
    RN4840
  3. by   nurse4theplanet
    I think I chose to go to nursing school because I hate myself ...but then again, maybe that is just because we had finals

    Seriously,
    it pays well~my time away from my family is certainly worth good money

    it offers flexibility...many routes to get the edu. and use the edu.

    time...I can have my license in two yrs. vs. a 4 yr accounting degree

    financial aid... due to the shortage, my state/hospitals offer assistance for me to get my BSN which I am doing right after this program

    hubby is a policeman and will work three or four 12hr days so we can sync our schedules

    security...no matter where i go there will always be a hospital to work for, and there will always be sick pt's to create a need for nurses

    i have to stay BUSY...think i might have ADD

    I love to learn and look for excuses to go back to school, take new classes, subscribe to new nursing journals..."no honey you cant have a new hunting knife because I HAVE to renew my mag subscription...IT'S FOR MY JOB!!!''

    Love what I do but if I was going to do it for next to nothing, I would join the peace corps.
  4. by   HappyJaxRN
    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.

    I went into nursing school to become a nurse...so that I could take care of people. I decided to work for a hospital because the benefits are awesome...It's hard sometimes...but like you said...I have a steady income and the money isn't too bad. I'll never be rich, but I sure am comfy. :hatparty:
  5. by   Simba&NalasMom
    My biggest reason, turns out, is that it's a very therapeutic way to deal with my co-dependency issues.
  6. by   kdbudgie
    The same reason everyone has a job: so I can pay my bills, have a nice home, and occasionally take a vacation. I work so I can buy things. I get personal fulfillment from my relationship with my husband and my friends, gardening, cooking, and playing with my pets. From my job, I need money so that I can do the things I enjoy.

    Because I can see the limitations of my current field. I am a speech therapist (Master's Degree). The field itself is largely a joke. Plus, in order to make above $35K per year, I have to work in the nursing home. There are LPNs in the nursing home that make as much money as some of my fellow graduates who are working in the school system or the hospital. 6-8 years of college should earn more than that.

    Lastly, I need job/financial security. After Katrina ravaged my state, a lot of my friends lost their jobs. Every day when I listened to the radio or read a newspaper, they were BEGGING for RNs. I decided the week after Katrina to go back to school. I start next fall after I finish my prereqs. I probably will go on to NP or CRNA. I see no reason not to maximize my earning potential in the field of nursing.
  7. by   Paleobug
    There's nothing wrong with wanting to make a decent living and have job security. I lost my job do to technology and casino politics, three years ago. In this town, Vegas, if you don't have any skills (education is immaterial) then, you have to make money in the tipping industry. Other than that, most jobs are poverty level at 7, 8 dollars an hour. I heard on the news this year that General Motors is laying off around 30,000 people. It's nice to know that it is extremely unlikely that you would ever hear of this happening to RNs. One good thing about nursing is that if you don't like the type of nursing you do or the place you work at, then you can move on.
  8. by   felixfelix
    75% wanting to ease the end of life for others, 25% wanting to learn more about this process for selfish reasons. $ are not a consideration, I can afford to work for free, but I want to do more than volunteer. If I have to work in a hospital, though, then I'd want to get paid!
  9. by   TheCommuter
    I went into nursing because I wanted a job that possessed some glimmering opportunities for advancement. Also, I want to assist others and be paid while doing so.
  10. by   country_princess84
    I changed my major twice before deciding on nursing. I love the rush of intense situations and I want to make a difference in someone's life so what better way to do that than be a nurse? Yes, I would do it for free.
  11. by   AllyRN82
    Quote from felixfelix
    75% wanting to ease the end of life for others, 25% wanting to learn more about this process for selfish reasons. $ are not a consideration, I can afford to work for free, but I want to do more than volunteer. If I have to work in a hospital, though, then I'd want to get paid!
    How can you afford to work for free?

    I would love to have that opportunity.
  12. by   kjwalley
    i have always wanted to be in the medical field and since i didnt want to spend 14 years in school to be a md this was it. i love the challenging situations you encounteras a nurse and the feeling that what you do or say may help someone else. anyone who goes into nursing for the money has their thoughts wrong because yea it is decent money but you work hard and earn every bit of it. nursing isnt an easy way to make a living.you have good days and then there are bad but to me it is worth every bit of it
  13. by   veggiegarden
    Enjoyment of the healing arts + job opportunities.

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