Just curious folks.... I have written a handful of posts now about why I chose to become a nurse - I plan to do my Master's thesis about what IT IS that prompts people to do this.... I have a strict belief in "personal reward" - which is NOT considered FINANCIAL reward - though this IS helpful, when it comes to paying the mortgage!
I chose nursing because I want to spend MY 40+ hr work week doing a job that makes me feel GOOD inside - personal reward - knowing that I have made a DIFFERENCE in someone's life - even if it was very subtle OR if they don't even realize it ---
I used to do accounting - playing w/ numbers -- I found this IMMENSELY UNREWARDING - when I would go home from the office at night, I would feel empty - I would often - throughout the work day - find myself going to the ladies room 3x an hour - just to have an excuse to get up and be near other people!
Making $ for other people (my old boss) was NOT what I considered personally rewarding - and I thought about getting a different job in accounting - but to ME, this is NOT what I thought was "fun" --- helping someone walk for the first time after a hysterectomy - or a family member grieve over the diagnosis of AML of their loved one -- this is life. Does anyone have their own idea of "what you are in nursing for?" to add?? I'd like to know. I have a theory that many more students/nurses are really in this field because they really care about others...
how do you feel?