Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 7

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   Sheri257
    Ok, I've done very informal head count, not completely accurate or scientific by any means ...

    Looks like roughly 60 percent mention money, job stability/security/options/flexibility as at least one reason for going into nursing ... and a lot those mention helping people too.

    40 percent go in the "other" reasons category which, of course, is varied but mostly focuses on helping people.

    :spin:
    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 22, '04
  2. by   Sheri257
    Quote from JennInColumbus
    I find it funny that my teachers are always saying if you are here for the money you should go home now. I don't think the money in nursing is really that great, it isn't bad but it certainly isn't mind blowing.
    Interesting point. One U.S. Health Department report mentioned that teachers actually more, on average, than nurses do.

    However, if California is any indication, a ton of teachers have been laid off with the budget deficit. Nurses, at least, still kept their jobs.

    On the other hand, two to three months off a year would be nice too ....

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 22, '04
  3. by   chiliwings
    One major factor that influenced me to pursue nursing is job security. At least with nursing, I can concentrate more on doing my job better and providing the best care to patients than having to constantly looking behind my back because of fear of seeing that dreaded pink slip. I also wanted to eventually move to California sometime in the future to avoid the winter here in IL. And if I become a nurse, I am sure I will not have trouble finding a job right away.

    And the salary that nurses earn of course also come into play. I mean, of course I also have bills to pay so the average salary plus the variety of fields in nursing that I can eventually get into are another two of the mjor factors that made be finally jump ship from IT to nursing.

    Last but certainly not the least, Ive been working for an IT consulting firm for 2 and a half years now. The projects Ive been proud of being involved with are now obsolete. Plus Ive had my share of ungrateful and complaining clients. I know its part of the job but the fact that knowing that the projects Ive been involved it and worked really hard for could easily be scraped at a CEO's or client's whim is what bums me out. With nursing, at least I know that even if I get the chance of dealing with difficult doctors, it wont be as bad because I know that I still made a difference in the life of the patient and the family too. That to me is my number reason why. With nursing I know I can at least touch people's lives and make a difference.
    Last edit by chiliwings on May 22, '04
  4. by   getbabygirl
    The money-tired of being broke and living with my parents
    A sense of responsibility
    I like to take care of people
    I'm tired of being a STNA-career advancement
    education

    That's all I can think of!
  5. by   susanna
    Quote from getbabygirl
    The money-tired of being broke and living with my parents
    A sense of responsibility
    I like to take care of people
    I'm tired of being a STNA-career advancement
    education

    That's all I can think of!
    Cool, get babygirl, you sound A LOT like me (though I don't know what STNA-career advancement is).

    I'm hoping to get out of nursing:
    *a sense of balance in my life that I don't think I could get unless I was in a health-related profession
    *my own niche in the community
    *steady, but not that great, of a pay (sorry, from my standpoint, nurses are paid cr** and all my undergrad student loans/bills aren't helping me to change this pessimism)
    * I'll probably gag when cleaning up human bi-products(blood, poop, vomit, sputum, mucus, whatever else) but I love I LOVE PHARM, PHYS, AND ANATOMY
    *Even though I WOULD RATHER LET THEM ALL DIE THAN EVER NURSE THEM BECAUSE OOOOH THEY REALLY GET ON MY NERVES, OOOO I'm going to murder one of them(Sorry if I'm scaring you; I'm in a particularly bad mood at this very minute), all of my family and friends know me well and think that I would make a terrific nurse so I know I have the personality/attitude/inetgrity that make people trust and want to be cared for(its from their abuse of me over all these years; they've rolled me out to be as soft as a jellyfish)
    *Yes, and to have a job that is secure enough so that I NEVER have to live with anyone. I want my independance.
  6. by   fourblessings
    Even though I WOULD RATHER LET THEM ALL DIE THAN EVER NURSE THEM BECAUSE OOOOH THEY REALLY GET ON MY NERVES, OOOO I'm going to murder one of them(Sorry if I'm scaring you; I'm in a particularly bad mood at this very minute)
    okay, you scared the living crap outta me, here.....LOL (only kiddn) :chuckle
  7. by   Dublin37
    geeps suzanna, maybe the post office would be a better job for you??? :chuckle

    anyhoo, here's my reasons:
    *great hours for family with children (3 days long hours = full time)
    *making a difference in hurting peoples lives
    *good pay (i didn't say executive pay)
    *totally interesting, challenging brain-engaging job
    so how's that? heather
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    Whew...I have lots of reasons.

    First and foremost...it has always, always, always been my dream to be a nurse. Ever since I was a little kid. It's the only dream that has stuck with me.

    Second...when I had my children, I had the great pleasure of having fabulous CNM's with me that really inspired me, as did the OB nurses on the floor.

    Third...I need a steady job and a good income because my husband has some medical issues that may never get better.

    Fourth...I want to have a career and be something other than a SAHM. Not that being a SAHM isn't rewarding, it's just mostly a thankless job.

    Fifth....I am fascinated in the way the body works and everything having to do with health.

    Sixth...I care about people, want to help them and want to make a difference in people's lives.

    There may be more...but that's it for now. I feel very blessed to be a part of the program that I am starting since I had to drop out previously due to pregnancy. I know that I am lucky to be in this year's class and I will do everything I can to not let anyone, including myself, down. This time, I am following through (especially since there is no chance of another pregnancy! LOL!).
  9. by   fourblessings
    Not that being a SAHM isn't rewarding, it's just mostly a thankless job.
    Amen, CNM2B! :chuckle
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from susanna
    *Even though I WOULD RATHER LET THEM ALL DIE THAN EVER NURSE THEM BECAUSE OOOOH THEY REALLY GET ON MY NERVES, OOOO I'm going to murder one of them(Sorry if I'm scaring you; I'm in a particularly bad mood at this very minute), all of my family and friends know me well and think that I would make a terrific nurse so I know I have the personality/attitude/inetgrity that make people trust and want to be cared for(its from their abuse of me over all these years; they've rolled me out to be as soft as a jellyfish)
    Well, I guess that's honest, and scary. Whoah.

    :uhoh21:
  11. by   susanna
    Quote from lizz
    Well, I guess that's honest, and scary. Whoah.

    :uhoh21:
    Sorry, I'm really not going to kill anyone. I thought people could blow off steam about thier work/family/life in flamboyant ways on this site. I'm really an actress a lot of the times. I'll be more tactful next time. Promise.
  12. by   Sheri257
    Quote from susanna
    Sorry, I'm really not going to kill anyone. I thought people could blow off steam about thier work/family/life in flamboyant ways on this site. I'm really an actress a lot of the times. I'll be more tactful next time. Promise.
    Yeah, I know. You don't have to be tactful on my account. It just reminded me of things I worry about, like how do you deal with patient death, malpractice and things like that. I may be in this for the money, but I do take this stuff pretty seriously. I'm the type of person who's going to feel really guilty if a patient dies on my watch, even if I did everything I could and, especially, if I screw up. If I see a malpractice situation, and even if it's not my responsibility, how do you handle that? I worry about stuff like that a lot. This could be a very complicated job where there are many moral dilemmas, and it's a big concern for me.

    :uhoh21:
    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 22, '04
  13. by   J Lynn
    Whew! I can't believe I read all these posts.
    Anyway, at first I wanted to be a nurse to work in L&D. Somewhere during school, that left me. Just overwhelmed with all the info, I guess. By the time I finished school, me and some of my classmates joked about how we should go get jobs as secretaries. We'd get paid just as much with less responsibility :chuckle .
    It's sad that the real reason someone starts something always seems to take a different turn in the end. I hope I can begin my career with a positive attitude and ignore all the bad eggs in the nursing field. I love direct patient care as of now and I hope to always love it.

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