Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 30

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   casi
    I love the science. The human body simply amazes me. I decided on nursing because I like the hands on with the patient aspect. As I am currently a CNA I know that if I lost the whole interaction process I would miss it. It's something I enjoy. I also like the fact that if I burn out or if I get hurt there are other areas of nursing I can go too. I'm not thrown out on the street to find another career.

    I've considered a few other areas of healthcare, but I've found that nursing is what I think I would enjoy the most and it gives me the most options.

    I'll also admit that the prospect of a decent paying job doesn't turn me away either!
  2. by   CH080605
    I didn't read all of the previous posts or anything, but IMO, if you're going into nursing SOLELY for the benefits (good pay, job security, etc), without actually enjoying it, that's where the problem lies. There are too many nurses out there that DON'T like their jobs, and thus don't perform to the best of their ability. We don't need more people like that out there in hospitals and health care facilities, etc. It's not good for the patients, other nurses, or anyone else for that matter. Sorry if I stepped on a few toes in saying this, but if you don't like the job, don't take it!
  3. by   momofmy3kids
    I'm not doing this for the money...right now. However in the future I might need it. If something happens to my husband I want to be not afraid, not have the anxiety attacks I can feel at the thoughts of this...to be able to wake up the next day and know I can take care of my babies.

    I'm doing this because I want an education, to be proud of something I have accomplished, that I obtained because of my hard work...not because I luckily married a man who can make lots of money.

    After I had a horrible birth with my son I discovered midwifery and found that I love it. To become a CNM I first have to become a nurse...and I may just stop there.

    Either way, my desire is to be able to do something I love that makes a difference. I want to help bring life into this world.

    I have a very definite goal and I guarantee you the money is a factor, but the satisfaction of helping another human is the biggest.
  4. by   smk1
    [QUOTE=momofmy3kids]I'm not doing this for the money...right now. However in the future I might need it. If something happens to my husband I want to be not afraid, not have the anxiety attacks I can feel at the thoughts of this...to be able to wake up the next day and know I can take care of my babies.

    I'm doing this because I want an education, to be proud of something I have accomplished, that I obtained because of my hard work...not because I luckily married a man who can make lots of money.
    /QUOTE]

    I agree ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! :groupwelcome:
  5. by   sbic56
    To those who say they got into nursing purely to help people, why not be a social worker instead? Isn't that the ultimate of the helping professions? It doesn't pay very well, but that wouldn't matter to those who only want to help.
  6. by   angel_blue_rn
    I am becoming a nurse because I took care of my husband's dying grandmother. I learned so much about her illness and have always been amazed by the human body and medicine.
  7. by   tammy10221961
    I'm going into Nursing because I like the blood, guts, and gore.

    You know the way that people slow down when they see an accident trying to get a look at what's going on? Well, I'm the type that wants to stop and get a close up view and help. It intrigues me.
  8. by   MuddaMia
    Quote from BlueEyes1022
    I'm going into Nursing because I like the blood, guts, and gore.

    You know the way that people slow down when they see an accident trying to get a look at what's going on? Well, I'm the type that wants to stop and get a close up view and help. It intrigues me.
    This is a bit disturbing...lol
    I mean, its okay to not be "bothered" by the blood, guts, and gore--but to actually pick a career based on your attraction seems pretty odd to me
  9. by   Sheri257
    Quote from CH080605
    I didn't read all of the previous posts or anything, but IMO, if you're going into nursing SOLELY for the benefits (good pay, job security, etc), without actually enjoying it, that's where the problem lies. There are too many nurses out there that DON'T like their jobs, and thus don't perform to the best of their ability. We don't need more people like that out there in hospitals and health care facilities, etc. It's not good for the patients, other nurses, or anyone else for that matter. Sorry if I stepped on a few toes in saying this, but if you don't like the job, don't take it!
    Man ... this thread won't die. Two and a half years now ...

    I'm definitely in it for the money. If that offends some people, I really don't care.

    And please spare me the lectures about how it shouldn't be about the money.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Oct 22, '06
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from MuddaMia
    This is a bit disturbing...lol
    I mean, its okay to not be "bothered" by the blood, guts, and gore--but to actually pick a career based on your attraction seems pretty odd to me
    To each their own.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from lizz
    Man ... this thread won't die. Two and a half years now ...

    I'm definitely in it for the money. If that offends some people, I really don't care.

    And please spare me the lectures about how it shouldn't be about the money.

    :typing
    Burnout is more likely to occur, and even faster. Good luck with that.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from sbic56
    To those who say they got into nursing purely to help people, why not be a social worker instead? Isn't that the ultimate of the helping professions? It doesn't pay very well, but that wouldn't matter to those who only want to help.

    Social working doesnn't even appeal to me.

    People can be helped in social work AND nursing, it shouldn't be an either/or thing.
  13. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Burnout is more likely to occur, and even faster. Good luck with that.
    I'll tell you what burns me out faster than anything else. Giving up a lot of salary and benefits so the managers and owners can make big bucks while I end up with nothing. They're not looking out for my best interest.

    My definition of burnout is having to work well into retirement age because I accepted lower wages and benefits in the name of being a "good employee."

    If I had paid more attention to the money and benefits earlier ... I'd be much better off today.

    So yeah ... I'm in it for the money. So are the managers and owners of these hospitals. As far as retirement, savings etc. I have a lot of catching up to do so ... that's my priority.

    I don't want to be destitute in old age with no pension and no savings. If that makes me a bad nurse to some people, so be it.

    I'm not a martyr ... especially for corporations that don't give a damn anyway.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Oct 22, '06

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