So I'm only 17 years old and I guess I'm at the point of my life where I'm thinking about my future, since my senior year is coming up and I'll be off to college. Both of my parents are nurses and they always push me to do it, and I just wasn't all too sure about it. Music is my passion, I'm the leader of a 125 member band, and well in music I've been fairly successful at it, thanks to God of course, I had a talk with my mom and she told me about all the jobs there are in nursing and I told her that I wasn't sure if nursing was what i saw myself doing for the rest of my life. So I was like, hey why not look for a nursing forum, googled one up and found this one. But some questions I have is, do you guys love nursing and love what you're doing? Do you have time for yourself and for your family? Do you still get to do what you love doing (like for me play music). Another thing is, I don't want to spend the rest of my life as another face in the crowd, cause it just isn't my personality. Is there a job where I can express leadership and stuff like that in the nursing field? If you guys could help out sort out my life, that would be great. Oh and if you do plan on responding, don't make it sound like there are absolutely no flaws and absolutely nothing negative about nursing, explain your experiences and tell me where you guys are now. Tell me about what to expect and the things that you hated. Well, I think I did more than stop in, say hello, and introduce myself. Oh my name is Jason by the way. Hopefully somebody reads this and helps me out...
Aug 16, '06
The answer is yes to all of your questions. I love my job and work 3 12-hour shifts and have plenty of time for other pursuits, you don't have to be just another face in the crowd.
Too succeed in nursing you really have to want to be a nurse, you really have to care about people. Nursing school
is too hard and too much stress to not really want it.
I'm sure your parents mean well, in that they want you to have a good job with good opportunities, rather than chasing some pipe dream in music that won't might not get you anywhere. But to go into nursing because that's what your parents want you to do, and for the money is not a good idea. You really have to want to do it for yourself. I applaud you for asking and looking into it. Who knows it might be just what you want.
BTW this is the "introductions" forum. There might be another forum such as "Nursing Career Advice" where you might need to ask your questions.