Why did you choose nursing?

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    People choose nursing for a variety of reasons:
    1. A parent, aunt, or grandmother was/is a nurse.
    2. A life-changing event.
    3. You care about people.
    4. You wanted to make a difference.
    5. You want to care for your loved ones.
    6. For the money...
    7. A documentary, book, movie, etc drew you into the world of nursing.

    What is your reason for getting into nursing?

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    I choose nursing after one of my children was in an accident requiring surgery and hospitalization. It gave me an up close view as to what a cool job it was.A year later I returned to school. I wanted a well paying, interesting job with unconventional hours.

    Nursing has been very good to me.
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    I chose nursing when I was in high school after reading a little blue book that discussed what nurses do. It did not say anything about pay nor the many specialties just the basic stuff so I enjoy still just the basic floor staff nurse stuff. It was a booklet for RN but I was happy to get my LVN and so stay.
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    After high school i got an offer to become a construction project estimator which paid really well, had lots of perks, 9-5, and weekends off. Anybody would've been happy with my office job, but at the end of the day I felt emotionally drained, and unhappy. Nursing was always in back of my head. Why, I'm not sure if it's a calling or whatever it is, but I want to work in healthcare.

    I'm fascinated with the human anatomy and physiology so I hope to fall in love with nursing despite all it's imperfections.

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    I went in to nursing for the glamor.

    No, honestly it was for job security. I spent 15 years in sales and was tired of the stress and the constant stress of having my performance measured to two decimal points. Having a quota is stressful. The pointlessness of all the meetings, planning, forecasting, and manufactured urgency is soul crushing.

    I have no stress at all now, and I work SWAT/rapid response at a large urban trauma hospital. I may have come for the security, but I stay because I have the best job in the world (after fighter pilot and cowboy).

    I tell people that nursing is only life and death, but business is serious. It sounds a little hyperbolic, but for me there's a lot of truth too.
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    I have come back to it after telling my teacher in kindergarten I wanted to be a "baby nurse" after my brother was born.

    I really enjoy helping people. My goal is to become a certified nurse midwife, but I've enjoyed nearly every rotation thus far (almost done with school!). I have spent time in acute care and LTC facilities with relatives over the course of my life, and I want to provide the care I wish they'd received.

    I tossed around several ideas as I started thinking about college. When I decided to join the military, I had to choose a job. I became a hospital corpsman, which was more the medical side. I really, really enjoyed patient care, and it rekindled my desire to go back to school and do something about it. I started thinking about my options and what I wanted to do (first thought about med school, but I like nursing more), and landed on CNM. Never thought it would come around full circle the way that it has, but I'm really excited to get to it! I've attended several births over the years, including during my time in the Navy, and feel that it's a real honor to be a part of/witness to one of the most significant times in someone's life. I want to help make that experience for them as positive as possible.

    I also like the pay, the flexibility, the variety... So many things about it that I love.

    That's why I chose to be a nurse.
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    I enjoy the gruesome, obscene, and strange. That, and I was a damn good waitress at one point in my life. During clinical rotations when I had multiple patients and was pulled in ten different directions, I felt right at home. Nothing like being triple-sat in the weeds during dinner rush at a Disney restaurant to teach you how to handle a high-paced, high-stress atmosphere with a big smile! I went into LPN school thinking "Meh, I'm about to get fired, so I might as well give this 10-month program a whirl," but halfway through I knew I lucked into the right profession.
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    3 12's, scrubs and a ponytail. And I am paid MORE to work at night......a shift I LOVE anyways!!!!! Everyone wins! I am a good nurse, but it wasn't a calling.
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    Im one of those horrible people in it for the money. Sure I like helping people, the flexibility, the fun we get to have but it pays well too. Oh and I said I would never work behind a desk.
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    My mother has been a nurse since I could remember. And I wanted.to be just like her. I started volunteering at the nursing home and the hospital. I got my cna while in high school. I always knew nursing is what I wanted to do. It makes me sad to think some people are just in it for the money...

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