Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 8

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   PCGrad06
    i want to become a nurse to help others. to introduce a mother to her child or to help someone's grandparent say goodbye in a comfortable manner. these are the things i look forward to doing. for those who are in it for the money i am sorry but you are in it for the wrong reason. nursing is about caring for others. the money is good and where ever you go in the usa you will have a job waiting for you. however, this is one job that requires a heart and a tender caring touch. without these, you can't live up to what a true nurse is. even if you know everything the books have to offer, you are still missing that special something that the patients can detect. so in short, i am in this field to make a difference in the lives of others.
  2. by   CVnurse08
    I probably am just repeating what everyone else on here has said but I want to become a nurse because when people are sick, they are in some of the most miserable, vulnerable, and frustrating times in their life and I want to be there to help them through this time. Granted, I know it will be hard, long hours, hard working conditions, not appreciated and respected, and many times I will have to do things I don't particularly enjoy, but I hope to have the ability to overlook that and put myself in the patient's position and know that I would be glad to have someone to comfort and truly care for me. So despite all of my friends and family trying to talk me out of it I am going to apply for nursing school a year from this fall (prereqs take soooo long).
  3. by   Saved_by_Grace
    Definitely don't let them talk you out of it. My extended family,...(not my husband or kids) keep trying to tell me I can't do it too, and I say BAh HUm bug to them..lol Good luck to you.
  4. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from rnstudent,wife&mom
    i want to become a nurse to help others. to introduce a mother to her child or to help someone's grandparent say goodbye in a comfortable manner. these are the things i look forward to doing. for those who are in it for the money i am sorry but you are in it for the wrong reason. nursing is about caring for others. the money is good and where ever you go in the usa you will have a job waiting for you. however, this is one job that requires a heart and a tender caring touch. without these, you can't live up to what a true nurse is. even if you know everything the books have to offer, you are still missing that special something that the patients can detect. so in short, i am in this field to make a difference in the lives of others.
    a person wanting a steady paycheck does not disqualify them from being caring, loving human beings. you can't judge someone on those grounds. i am in it for the money first and foremost. why? because i have a child who depends on me and only me for all of his needs. that is the type of situation i am in(like so many others on this board)at this point in my life...no, i would not be a nurse if i didn't get paid for it. if i won the lottery, i sure would. it is in me to be a comforter and to care for people. it's all i have ever wanted to do. but money is everything to people who live in the poverty hole. and i don't think anyone should feel bullied into thinking they are wrong for wanting to support their families first and foremost. i would like to see the people here who claim to be in nursing just because they care continue on in nursing without the pay. if you want to make such a difference, a paycheck shouldn't be required, right? sorry, but i am just sick and tired of people trying to make it seem like it is so wrong to want a stable job that pays ok. and it's funny how the majority of people who are so good at telling people they are going into the wrong profession because of the "money", are the ones who have husbands to support them emotionally and financially. not all of us have that luxury. hmmm, isn't part of being a good nurse the ability to step outside of yourself and understand other people's situations beside your own? i guess not. sorry, this is a sensitive issue for me and some others on this board.
    Last edit by Truly_Blessed on May 22, '04
  5. by   angel337
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    A person wanting a steady paycheck does not disqualify them from being caring, loving human beings. You can't judge someone on those grounds. I am in it for the money first and foremost. Why? Because I have a child who depends on me and only me for all of his needs. That is the type of situation I am in(like so many others on this board)At this point in my life...no, I would not be a nurse if I didn't get paid for it. If I won the lottery, I sure would. It is in me to be a comforter and to care for people. It's all I have ever wanted to do. BUT money IS everything to people who live in the poverty hole. And I don't think anyone should feel bullied into thinking they are wrong for wanting to support their families first and foremost. I would like to see the people here who claim to be in nursing just because they care continue on in nursing without the pay. If you want to make such a difference, a paycheck shouldn't be required, right? Sorry, but I am just sick and tired of people trying to make it seem like it is so wrong to want a stable job that pays ok. And it's funny how the majority of people who are so good at telling people they are going into the wrong profession because of the "money", are the ones who have husbands to support them emotionally and financially. Not all of us have that luxury. Hmmm, isn't part of being a good nurse the ability to step outside of yourself and understand other people's situations beside your own? I guess not. Sorry, this is a sensitive issue for me and some others on this board.
    trulyblessed i can empathize with your situation and i agree with you totally. i think people need to understand something, historically "working" and making a living was the responsibilty of the man, so when women's lib in the 60's and 70's allowed us the same freedom, we have had to fight for equality ever since. men don't have to apologize for picking a career based on money. only women are made to feel like they are being selfish and neglectful of their families when they do the same thing. considering nursing is a female dominated career it is not surprising that some people still feel this way. the history of nursing revolves around that of a "Caring" profession instead of one with high status attached to it so people immediately look at you with a critical eye when you say "i want a good paycheck for me and my child". ideally nursing probably should be a job that can be done without being compensated, but unfortunately life hands you a different deck of cards.
  6. by   Saved_by_Grace
    [font=lucida sans unicode]i can't remember it word for word, but there is a great song that comes to mind by a group called everclear. it's called i will buy you a new life and says something like ... i hate it when people say that money is the root of all that kills, they have never been poor, they have never had the joy of a welfare christmas. how true imho




    Quote from truly_blessed
    a person wanting a steady paycheck does not disqualify them from being caring, loving human beings. you can't judge someone on those grounds. i am in it for the money first and foremost. why? because i have a child who depends on me and only me for all of his needs. that is the type of situation i am in(like so many others on this board)at this point in my life...no, i would not be a nurse if i didn't get paid for it. if i won the lottery, i sure would. it is in me to be a comforter and to care for people. it's all i have ever wanted to do. but money is everything to people who live in the poverty hole. and i don't think anyone should feel bullied into thinking they are wrong for wanting to support their families first and foremost. i would like to see the people here who claim to be in nursing just because they care continue on in nursing without the pay. if you want to make such a difference, a paycheck shouldn't be required, right? sorry, but i am just sick and tired of people trying to make it seem like it is so wrong to want a stable job that pays ok. and it's funny how the majority of people who are so good at telling people they are going into the wrong profession because of the "money", are the ones who have husbands to support them emotionally and financially. not all of us have that luxury. hmmm, isn't part of being a good nurse the ability to step outside of yourself and understand other people's situations beside your own? i guess not. sorry, this is a sensitive issue for me and some others on this board.
  7. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from angel337
    trulyblessed i can empathize with your situation and i agree with you totally. i think people need to understand something, historically "working" and making a living was the responsibilty of the man, so when women's lib in the 60's and 70's allowed us the same freedom, we have had to fight for equality ever since. men don't have to apologize for picking a career based on money. only women are made to feel like they are being selfish and neglectful of their families when they do the same thing. considering nursing is a female dominated career it is not surprising that some people still feel this way. the history of nursing revolves around that of a "caring" profession instead of one with high status attached to it so people immediately look at you with a critical eye when you say "i want a good paycheck for me and my child". ideally nursing probably should be a job that can be done without being compensated, but unfortunately life hands you a different deck of cards.
    thank you...i didn't think anyone here would understand what i was trying to express. you did.

    Quote from wannablpn2005
    [font=lucida sans unicode]i can't remember it word for word, but there is a great song that comes to mind by a group called everclear. it's called i will buy you a new life and says something like ... i hate it when people say that money is the root of all that kills, they have never been poor, they have never had the joy of a welfare christmas. how true imho
    yes, i know exactly what song you are talking about. those lyrics ring very true.
  8. by   JimmyMallo
    Money can't buy happiness, but having some sure does make it easier


    "Then one day Lt. Dan called and said we didn't have to worry about money no more and I said, well... thats one less thing."
    by Forest Gump
  9. by   TopCat1234
    Quote from jimmymallo
    money can't buy happiness, but having some sure does make it easier
    amen to that!

    topcat
  10. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Quote from wannablpn2005
    [font=lucida sans unicode]i can't remember it word for word, but there is a great song that comes to mind by a group called everclear. it's called i will buy you a new life and says something like ... i hate it when people say that money is the root of all that kills, they have never been poor, they have never had the joy of a welfare christmas. how true imho
    i loved that song. actually, i wore that entire cd out. i haven't heard them in a long while, i think i'll have to go dig it up so i can listen to it. my husband will not be pleased, lol.
  11. by   Truly_Blessed
    You bet Mr. JimmyMallo!
    Quote from JimmyMallo
    Money can't buy happiness, but having some sure does make it easier


    "Then one day Lt. Dan called and said we didn't have to worry about money no more and I said, well... thats one less thing."
    by Forest Gump
  12. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    A person wanting a steady paycheck does not disqualify them from being caring, loving human beings. You can't judge someone on those grounds. I am in it for the money first and foremost. Why? Because I have a child who depends on me and only me for all of his needs. That is the type of situation I am in(like so many others on this board)At this point in my life...no, I would not be a nurse if I didn't get paid for it. If I won the lottery, I sure would. It is in me to be a comforter and to care for people. It's all I have ever wanted to do. BUT money IS everything to people who live in the poverty hole. And I don't think anyone should feel bullied into thinking they are wrong for wanting to support their families first and foremost. I would like to see the people here who claim to be in nursing just because they care continue on in nursing without the pay. If you want to make such a difference, a paycheck shouldn't be required, right? Sorry, but I am just sick and tired of people trying to make it seem like it is so wrong to want a stable job that pays ok. And it's funny how the majority of people who are so good at telling people they are going into the wrong profession because of the "money", are the ones who have husbands to support them emotionally and financially. Not all of us have that luxury. Hmmm, isn't part of being a good nurse the ability to step outside of yourself and understand other people's situations beside your own? I guess not. Sorry, this is a sensitive issue for me and some others on this board.
    I completely, completely agree with you here! I have a time and money issue. I have to get my degree and get to work ASAP because of financial responsibilities that my husband may no longer be able to meet. I have three little children to take care of and while I have other reasons for going in to nursing, the money is a big one here! and the stability (people will always need nurses...we can not be computerized! LOL!). I get ya and I support you 100%.
  13. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    Thank you...I didn't think anyone here would understand what I was trying to express. You did.
    I also hear you loud and clear, and totally agree.


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