Do men and women go into nursing for different reasons? - page 3

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Just curious. When I speak with female nurses the main idea is that they are compassionate and want to be there for people blah blah blah and they seem to have the perfect story that they knew from childhood that nursing was for... Read More


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    Nursing is a job just like any other job. You don't need to be called to it. You need to be trained to do it, then prove that your training was effective, pass the licensing exam, then do your job well.

    It seems to me that if a man goes into it for the money it's okay, but if a woman goes into for the money well, she's selfish or stupid or.........(insert your negative adjective of choice).

    I went into it for the money and I'm glad I did. Lots of people around me who pursued other paths are out of a job right now. I am happy that I am able to make a decent living and stash some money away for the future. Yes, it is perfectly fine to go into nursing for the money. If that is why you want to do it, don't let anybody bully you out of it because nursing is supposed to be a "calling". For some people it is and that's fine. In my mind work is work. Whatever job you end up doing just do it well, don't call off very often, treat your coworkers well and you'll do just fine.
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    Quote from gainschool4lpn
    I had a terrible end to what should have been the best 9 months of my life- I carried a baby boy who would be born at 19 weeks premature without a fighting chance to live. I watched the nurses all around me, their professionalism and compassion touched me so much that from then on I wanted to do for others what they did for me- Life moves fast and time has passed but I am finally realizing my dream to help others! I have been accepted into Nursing School starting Fall 2012! YAY!
    Congrats on your acceptance!
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine the pain that you've had to endure, but I know the experience will translate into being an awesome support system for struggling parents! Good luck to you!
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    hmm, the "calling".... I am a female RN and I work in an NICU... I fell into nursing by mere accident... I did not know what I wanted to do with my life at all, my Mom and Dad told me Nursing was a good field- always needed, becoming more in demand and not bad money... so I tried it out... I loved it, and working in a NICU is really a dream come true- but that is a different story all together. So, I guess it started out as a security issue, and now I really cannot ever see myself doing anything else... Most of the nurses I work with (they are all pretty close to retirement)- have said that it was one of the only professions that was interesting at the time- that was widely available to women (other than teaching...) Hope I answered your question...
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    Biology had always been my favorite subject. I have always been interested in.science. Psychology opened my eyes to what goes on in our heads and anatomy and physiology intrigued me! What can I say I love science! I wanted to be a teacher when I was a child, but as I grew up and really got into the nitty gritty of the sciences and I switched to wanting to be a nurse. Curiosity and fascination by the human body with all of its functions, malfunctions, dysfunctions, non-functions is what drove me to nursing school
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    I have just recently been accepted into a nursing program at a community college. I decided to go into nursing when my marriage was falling apart about 2 years ago. Just recently divorced and a single mom, I knew I would need some skills to be able to have a reliable job to provide for my daughter and I. I didn't want to have to bounce from one minimum wage job to another and barely scrape by. The next 2 years will be hard because I am not going to work while attending school. Thankfully I have an amazing support system and will not have to pay for babysitting. So my reasons for choosing to be a nurse were purely financial. However, this past summer I worked as a caregiver for 6 elderly patients, which gave me some insight into the field. I absolutely loved working with these elderly women and look forward to being a nurse. I do plan on making a difference in people's lives but I am also aware that I may never know the extent of the impact that I have on these people. I believe that for the most part nursing is a thankless profession, simply because people don't often have the opportunity to thank you. I feel that it takes a lot of heart AND brains to be a good nurse not just one or the other. I am not disillusioned with the idea that I will be sitting with patients and holding their hands. Nurses simply do not have time for that. The aides are the ones that spend the most time with patients. I am excited for the many opportunities the nursing field has to offer!
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    I enjoy both aspects of nursing....caring for others is personally satisfying, but I enjoy the mental challenge of the medicine behind it....I love learning, and do so on a daily basis....I am lucky as an LPN to be in an ER type of setting, so each day is a new adventure....I am continuing my education in pursuit of my BSN and have thought that ER Nursing my be where I fit the best....we will see...
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    Well I can talk from my experience I was a cna for 6 years prior to becoming an lpn but just by doing that I knew that I wanted to become a nurse. I knew that helping people was for me. I loved the way it made me feel to know that I was helping someone in need. Just by getting a thank you before my shift was over made a world of a difference. So I decided to further my education. I plan on going back to be an rn in the near future. I've been in the nursing field since I was 18 so back then my guy friends would be like there's plenty of females to date and whatnot but that was not my reasoning for it. I just knew I wanted to help people on a different level.
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    ‎"to help people" or "i was called to it" really is a trite answer..if you wanted to help someone you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or start a charity or help an old lady cross the street...what about the broad generalist education we get on so many medical specialties and diseases? the pathophysiology? the human response? all the psychology and sociology? it truly combines so many disciplines into its own unique profession.......plus theres lots of chicks. :-P
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    Quote from jethrosledgarden
    ‎"to help people" or "i was called to it" really is a trite answer..if you wanted to help someone you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or start a charity or help an old lady cross the street...what about the broad generalist education we get on so many medical specialties and diseases? the pathophysiology? the human response? all the psychology and sociology? it truly combines so many disciplines into its own unique profession.......plus theres lots of chicks. :-P
    Volunteering does not pay. Regardless of any other criteria, most people like their jobs to end with a paycheck.
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    What I do know is that I love what I do and I wouldn't change it for the world. I learn different things on a daily basis from experienced nurses, doctors and even patients. Yes the medicine, disease processes, pathophysiology and everything else is interesting as well.


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