Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 9

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
    Maybe I wrote it wrong! What I am trying to say is nurses need to be caring and loving too. If they see their patients as just another number that is wrong to me. As for poor. You do not have to tell me a thing about it. Growing up I had hand me downs and free lunch program etc. No money for trips or gifts. I have yet at age 30 to go on even a mini vacation. I have been married for 11 years now. I have a son in school too. I have not worked because my husband made enough to make ends meet. Then his grandmother was in a wreck and I helped with her. After she was well again I decided to attend college. I didn't know what I really wanted to do only that it was in the health field. Then my own grandmother at 92 became very sick. Her last wish was to be home for her final days. So I stayed with her. She passed away on 04-04-04. She is the one in DEC. that told me to go into nursing. She told me "you have what it takes to be a great nurse". Some of the ones who took care of her in the hospital saw her as a body and not a human with feelings! That was the point I was trying to make. I am doing this also because it pays good. However, the #1 reason is to provide care for those in need of it. You are not the focus it is the patient! If you don't think so, let the patients begin to complain about you and see if you still have that good paying job then.
  2. by   lisamc1RN
    Very well said, Truly Blessed.


    I can't see how desiring to provide for my family means that I can't possibly care for my patients. How one is equal to the other is beyond me. RN student, I think that perhaps you didn't mean it to come across as it did, but it was kind of harsh. I have wanted to be a nurse for a long time. The reason I'm choosing now, instead of when my youngest is a bit older (he's 2) is because we are struggling financially. We have no medical insurance, and our savings will be totally emptied soon. I get so scared every time one of my children gets sick and I think I might have to take them to the doctor. I need to get my career off the ground asap! For my family.
  3. by   PCGrad06
    i understand totally. my thoughts are: you need to be caring also. all the books in the world can't make a 100% nurse. it takes a caring touch too! you can do it for the love of money and people too! that is me!

    who does well
    nurses need to be compassionate. they also need to understand complex scientific principles relating to biology and physiology, and work with increasingly complicated medical equipment. www.wetfeet.com

    in the usa, we have the right to express ourselves and to be heard. i respect that right. with that i wish everyone great success in their nursing careers!
  4. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from RNstudent,wife&mom
    Maybe I wrote it wrong! What I am trying to say is nurses need to be caring and loving too. If they see their patients as just another number that is wrong to me. As for poor. You do not have to tell me a thing about it. Growing up I had hand me downs and free lunch program etc. No money for trips or gifts. I have yet at age 30 to go on even a mini vacation. I have been married for 11 years now. I have a son in school too. I have not worked because my husband made enough to make ends meet. Then his grandmother was in a wreck and I helped with her. After she was well again I decided to attend college. I didn't know what I really wanted to do only that it was in the health field. Then my own grandmother at 92 became very sick. Her last wish was to be home for her final days. So I stayed with her. She passed away on 04-04-04. She is the one in DEC. that told me to go into nursing. She told me "you have what it takes to be a great nurse". Some of the ones who took care of her in the hospital saw her as a body and not a human with feelings! That was the point I was trying to make. I am doing this also because it pays good. However, the #1 reason is to provide care for those in need of it. You are not the focus it is the patient! If you don't think so, let the patients begin to complain about you and see if you still have that good paying job then.
    I think anyone going into nursing knows it's not about them and it is all about the patient, Like I said before, just because a person's family is more important to them than anyone else is, doesn't mean they have complete and utter diregard for others, including patients lying in a hospital bed. Me, NEVER! When I am their, patients will be what's on my mind 100%. And they will get the best I have and then some. Why? In order to keep my job. I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. I had a similair experience taking care of someone, and them telling me to go into nursing. My reasons for wanting be a nurse when I was 21 were for the #1 reason you stated. It is funny how my circumstance changed, and now I am going into the profession for a different reason. BUT, I know once i get in there...I won't be struggling financially, and I will remember my original drive to become a nurse. I think that's where alot of people are at right now. I don't know. I think most of the people that go into nursing STRICTLY for the money are the ones we don't see in the profession anymore after a few years. JMO. My whole post prior was not directed completely at you, especially the part about "having husbands to support them financially and emotionally" But there have those kind of posts before you, and i was a little perturbed by it. I am rambling now, so I'll stop
    Last edit by Truly_Blessed on May 23, '04
  5. by   lisamc1RN
    *grouphug*

    RNstudent, I wish you well in school, too!
  6. by   PCGrad06
    Truly Blessed, I just want you to know I am a poor KY farmgirl who wants the same thing you do: to be happy and live a comfortable life. Best of Luck to you and I am sure you will make a great nurse.
  7. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    I think anyone going into nursing knows it's not about them and it is all about the patient, Like I said before, just because a person's family is more important to them than anyone else is, doesn't mean they have complete and utter diregard for others, including patients lying in a hospital bed. Me, NEVER!
    Exactly. Besides, if you don't have to worry about getting laid off and know you'll probably always have a job ... and you know you can buy groceries and pay the mortgage ...

    I personally feel that I will be able to better focus on patients and care for others ... because I won't have to be struggling to survive all the time.

  8. by   PCGrad06
    thanks lisamc1. does this mean i am welcome here again?:chuckle
  9. by   Truly_Blessed
    YES! Lizz, EXACTLY! When I don't have to live in survival mode anymore...that will allow room in my life to be the caring and loving nurse I want to be!
    Quote from lizz
    Exactly. Besides, if you don't have to worry about getting laid off and know you'll probably always have a job ... and you know you can buy groceries and pay the mortgage ...

    I personally feel that I will be able to better focus on patients and care for others ... because I won't have to be struggling to survive all the time.

  10. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from RNstudent,wife&mom
    Truly Blessed, I just want you to know I am a poor KY farmgirl who wants the same thing you do: to be happy and live a comfortable life. Best of Luck to you and I am sure you will make a great nurse.
    Thank you so very much. Same to you. lol, I think we misunderstood each others posts. The internet is great, but there is no "tone" in typed words and so much gets misconstrued along the way. Ha! See ya around the board RNstudent
  11. by   lisamc1RN
    Quote from rnstudent,wife&mom
    thanks lisamc1. does this mean i am welcome here again?:chuckle





    awww, you were never unwelcome! i have been reading this site for a couple of weeks now, and i find that we nurses and nursing students are a passionate bunch! don't be afraid to state your opinion!


    edited for poor grammar.
    Last edit by lisamc1RN on May 23, '04
  12. by   Rhoresmith
    Well I am one of those who always wanted to be a nurse. I am the oldest of 5 children and had a Mother who saw one drop of blood and she was outta there, so I was the one who took care of all the wounds....guess that is what made me just know that I was meant to be a nurse. I was to start nursing school in 1982 but the school started in Sept and I was due to have my first child at the end of Sept, so they (head of the nursing school) talked me into Respiratory school (started in Feb) I went and I know this was not what I wanted to do, not enough patient care and in my area not enough excitement because I think that when you have a critical patient and you help then that is excitement and a RUSH and I guess I am an addict to that I LOVE IT. I worked as a Hospice CNA for four years and didn't make much money but found it to be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. Over the years I have always felt that pull towards medicne and when the opportunity arrived that I could go to school and have most of it paid for I jumped on it. Don't get me wrong I am looking forward to making good money and a stable secure job (first full time job in 15 yrs and after 1yr and 1day place closes down jobs go to Costa Rica) that can't go to a different country or state is a great blessing, but would I do it for no pay I am not sure but I was a CNA ( they work like dogs) for very little pay and I stuck with it because of my love of helping with the healing of bodies and souls. Might sound corny but that is how I feel................
  13. by   lady_jezebel
    1) Job security - no fear of losing my job
    2) Pay - can afford to have children, house, car, etc..
    3) Reward of working with people in need - meaningful work!
    4) The uniform - seriously, I hate dressing up for work. Scrubs are great.
    5) The variety - enough of it for everyone to find their niche
    6) Mental stimulation - love biology!
    7) The hours - can have a baby and still work odd shifts
    8) Great career ladder - can always return to school for advanced degree
    9) The fast pace - never time to be bored!
    10) The "rush" - periodic adrenaline rush keeps me on my toes
    11) The respect - we're the #1 most respected field in the nation!

    What other field can provide this much reward in so little educational investment time? It's an incredible field, really. :hatparty:

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