Why do you want to be a nurse? - page 2
Why do you want to be a nurse? I think this is an interesting question to ask student nurses because we are not nurses yet and perhaps we are still idealistic about things. I"m just wondering... Read More
Feb 11, '07I am in the second semester of my first year of nursing school. I worked in secreterial jobs in healthcare for 15 years before I decided I wanted to be a nurse. Alot of it had to do with simply growing up, maturing. If you would have told me when I was 21 that I'd be a nursing student, I would have laughed and said no way! But as I got older, I started to realize that there is much more to life than pushing papers and making a few bucks. There is a huge need for compassion and caring in the world. I wanted to grow as a person and for the first time in my life, it wasn't all about me. So I started taking classes and cut down to working part-time (I had always been full-time). I applied to the nursing program and was accepted. When that happened, I thought "This is it, no turning back now!" but I still had NO clue what I was in for. Now that I am in the program and actually doing patient care during clinicals, I can't believe how much I love it. I was afraid I would hate it, I was afraid I would be too weak or too afraid to face sick people. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to give of myself and now that's all I want to do. Last semester I dreaded clinicals but now I look back and I realize it's because it was a fear of the unknown! Now that I have some experience and knowledge under my belt, I look forward to my clinical days. When my life truly sucks and I am upset about something or another, all I have to do is get involved with taking care of someone and I forget about my own problems and I feel like I have a purpose. This nursing thing has done so much more for me already than I ever expected.
That was way long but I just went with it.Last edit by flyakite80 on Feb 11, '07