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

  1. 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.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 21, '04
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  3. by   TopCat1234
    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.
    2 reasons:
    1. a steady job and income, with no fear of being outsourced.
    2. a realization that this is what i was meant to do. i have been around medicine and nursing my entire life, and realized that this has always been my natural bent, which explains why i've been unfulfilled in my previous field of finance.
    topcat
  4. by   zambezi
    I went into nursing because I like the challenge of having to think and I enjoy working with people. I didn't really feel a "calling" to nursing so to speak, but once I found out more about the job I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I though about medicince as well...more money, more autonomy, very indepth knowledge...but I didn't want to go to school for that long, and their hours really suck in most specialties...After I found out about nursing, I leared about the need for nurses and liked the job security that I could have, I like the fact that I could travel if I wanted to, the fact that there are many options and areas of nursing so that if I got "bored" or burned out in one area I could try something new within the same field...I didn't go into nursing for the money but we do make a steady wage (which will hopefully continue to go up)...it is easy to pick up extra days or travel to earn some cash for a vacation or toy that you want...Seeing my husbands job, I am also thankful that I don't have to bring paperwork home, or if I miss a week I don't have stacks of paperwork waiting for me when I come back...Some nurses complain that they leave late from work--no one likes to be put in that position, but I always shake my head a little because my husband and his father (who own a business) go to work, come home and still have to do work...ick! There are a lot of bonsues to this profession...as with all professions it also has its downfalls...but for me, it works well!
  5. by   Truly_Blessed
    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 need a job, and a steady income. Seriously. **Anyone who says different isn't telling the whole truth. Of course i want to be a nurse, I have wanted to do this since I was 14. But when it comes down t it, one of the main reasons I am going to school now, is for some steady income. I have a kid and I need the benefits. People complain how $30,000 or $40,000 a year isn't making enough, but to me, that's a hell of alot of money, compared to the $15,000 I was making a year at a physicians answering service. That's my honest answer. And yep, I am aware that I will earn every penny of that $30,000 I will make, and sometimes will feel like it's not enough for what I do...but it will still be more than what I had before... I know what I am getting myself into.

    ** people who need a good job because they have a family to support, and are not furtunate enough to have a spouse that makes good money.(updated for the posters getting all huffy about my statement) Chill out.
    Last edit by Truly_Blessed on May 21, '04
  6. by   twarlik
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    I need a job, and a steady income. Seriously. Anyone who says different isn't telling the whole truth.
    I'm becoming a nurse because I want to help people. It's just that simple. And that's the whole truth.
  7. by   Sheri257
    Quote from twarlik
    I'm becoming a nurse because I want to help people. It's just that simple. And that's the whole truth.
    Ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.

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    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 21, '04
  8. by   studentnurse74
    Steady income, JOB SECURITY, job diversity, I love medicine, that "calling", great healthcare benefits, to name a few. I know the pay isn't in the 6 figures, but I'm only making $100 a month right now. LOL
  9. by   coolatta19
    I wanted a profession were I can help people and be challenged. I was always interested in the Medical field and science. During my year long quest to find my "calling" I was pleased to find we have MANY fields and/or specialties in Nursing...the list is endless...Therefore, you're constantly learning and growing in a your career. I worked for many years (great pay) in a stale, unchallenging environment...with many unhappy people...and male dominated...Being that I'm still young and motivated (28) I decided it's either now or never...I have a supportive fiance, new house and son...they're prepared for the studying maniac I will become...:chuckle

    Bless my family!!
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from topcat1234
    a steady job and income, with no fear of being outsourced.
    i hear you. ditto on that one.

  11. by   Carolanne
    Quote from twarlik
    I'm becoming a nurse because I want to help people. It's just that simple. And that's the whole truth.
    My thoughts exactly.
  12. by   Sheri257
    Well, here's the truth, and nothing but the truth. I need a decent job.

    I ain't no Mother Teresa. I ain't no saint. If it didn't pay, I probably wouldn't do it (unless, by some remote chance, I become independently wealthy.)

    I've been laid off from more jobs than I can count. (A slight exaggeration, but not far from the truth.) At this age (42), I figured I had to find something where I wouldn't have to look over my shoulder all the time, waiting for those pink slips. Nursing seemed to fit the bill.

    I was pre-med in college (many moons ago) so I have always been interested in medicine. But I've never had a "calling."

    I actually think I will be a decent nurse, at least. But I really have no clue if this will work out. At least I study a lot and try to learn as much as possible.

  13. by   shyne
    I honestly don't know how I fell into this. When I graduated from high school I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field, but couldn't decide what to do. My friend from high school said that she was doing nursing, so I decided to do that since I couldn't make up my mind. Since then I've been working as a CNA and now in my 3rd semester of nursing school and have no regrets.

    Some other reasons I decided to do nursing was job stability, interest in medicine, and the fact that the pay is decent.
  14. by   tuppence
    Well, a combination of factors. I mean, I have a family, so any career that won't give me a stable job with benefits and a certain amount of money is right out. But that's not my whole reason. I started to think about going into nursing when I had my son at 32 weeks gestation, 2 1/2 years ago. I was hospitalized for a week and he was hospitalized for almost four weeks. It was that experience that made me see what an important job nurses do, and made me want to help others in the same way. That might sound like a BS answer, but it's not.

    Also, my first job out of college involved sitting at a desk all day, and I know I neeeeeeever want to do that again. And, I'm pretty good at science, and at working with people. And I don't get grossed out easily. It all just seems right.

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