Do men and women go into nursing for different reasons? - page 4

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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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    Quote from Stephalump
    Volunteering does not pay. Regardless of any other criteria, most people like their jobs to end with a paycheck.
    how can you say your motivation is an altruistic desire to help people if you won't do it unless your paid? it is a rewarding job on many levels and it is nice to get paid for it. I was really just playing devils advocate. Didn't mean to offend anyone!
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    Quote from jethrosledgarden
    how can you say your motivation is an altruistic desire to help people if you won't do it unless your paid? it is a rewarding job on many levels and it is nice to get paid for it. I was really just playing devils advocate. Didn't mean to offend anyone!
    Mmmm, I don't know about altruistic, but I think the idea that we work to get paid goes without saying. If you love math and science, you could find lots of free reading at home as well, no?

    Of course some people do work JUST because they love what they do and like to help people (like volunteer doctors and nurses), but I don't think that's usually the case. I think most people work because they want/need money AND _____.

    Personally, while I do enjoy helping people, I wouldn't list it as a reason I chose nursing. I love the science, education, and prior-orientated aspects of things. I prefer to be on my feet all all day interacting with people rather than sitting around in an isolation cubicle. I don't like getting dressed up every day, so scrubs are great. An frankly. I really enjoy the freedom of my dated off, so 3 12s is great. And I'd also like a decent wage and something intellectually stimulating.
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    I'm a female, and I think I'm a compassionate person. However, my interest in nursing is more of the science and medicine behind the profession as well just like you.
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    Bottom line there are more females than males in the men in nursing forum lol...
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    This is the first time I post here, but I had to give my own opinion.
    Having been toying with the idea for the last year or so about pursuing a career in nursing, I believe the
    main factors driving my decision ( in no particular order) are job security, decent pay, critical thinking, technology, and a desire to do
    something meaningful in life like care for others.

    This fall I will begin to work on my prerequisites to be accepted into my local community college's Nursing Program,
    and I couldn't be more motivated. I will make this happen no matter how much work I need to put in.
    Oh, and I'm a 23 year old male.
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    Quote from Lukes089
    This is the first time I post here, but I had to give my own opinion.Having been toying with the idea for the last year or so about pursuing a career in nursing, I believe themain factors driving my decision ( in no particular order) are job security, decent pay, critical thinking, technology, and a desire to dosomething meaningful in life like care for others.This fall I will begin to work on my prerequisites to be accepted into my local community college's Nursing Program,and I couldn't be more motivated. I will make this happen no matter how much work I need to put in.Oh, and I'm a 23 year old male.
    Good luck Luke, welcome to nursing
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    Quote from ruby vee
    ah yes, "the calling." personally, i think it's a load of hogwash. someone can have the calling and be totally incompetent, and personally i'd rather have competent coworkers and, when i'm sick, a competent nurse. enjoying science, technology and critical thinking are all good reasons to be interested in the profession. so is decent pay, flexible scheduling and indoor work. (dh was a towtruck driver and construction worker before nursing school.)

    when talking to all those "calling" folks, bear in mind that some of them don't even believe what's coming out of their mouths . . . they say it because everyone else is.
    this!
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    I am in it because I lost my job and had to do something.

    Good thing for me I like people and science. Nursing has been a great fit and I seem to be pretty good at it.

    Like an earlier poster, I have always been fascinated by how the body works and how disease processes come about, how they progress, how they can be arrested and, if possible, reversed.

    But a "calling"? Nope (another thing that irritates me is the "Nurses are Compassion in Scrubs" crap...please. A lot nurses I know are the most cynical, darkest humored, clutch people I have ever met. "Compassion" is very secondary to them. Efficiency, time management and critical thinking came well before it. The "Compassion" thing, like the "Calling" thing are words nurses like to use with themselves mainly as in-group language cues).
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    I've already replied, and although"a calling" is not my reason like love of science is, I don't doubt that some were made just to be nurses. For example, I have a friend who was going to school for her degree in speech pathology. She told me she didn't know how I could do it (nursing) because she couldn't stand the sight of blood/body fluids, etc. As she continued school she realized that she wanted to actually help people get better and she prayed about it, recently graduated, and is a licensed nurse. Calling? Im not sure (methinks it was quicker), but she did give up a guaranteed position of speech pathologist, great great pay, great hours, low stress to nurse it on up.

    As far as the "compassion" thing, I think some of that is important when you consider that customer service is the sauce. You don't smile, your name might be reported to administration. We can become rough, rude and crazed when we are filled with fear. As patients we have no concern for the next person. Nurses really have to learn(or some have it naturally) to work around this negativity and still provide "customer service with a smile." Going by just that, some people have a gift when it comes to making people feel good, while others do it for a bigger reason
    Last edit by SweetPEI on Aug 12, '12
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    Exactly! I felt bullied by the faculty into trying to admit that I was going into for the wrong reason. Psssh. Get outta town! I got into because by the age of 40 I had not a dime saved for retirement and I was freaking out. I was trying to think of what I could do to make a lot of money really fast. So, I went to nursing school and now I have a tidy little retirement fund going. That faculty with all their lofty opinions won't be around to keep a roof over my head when I'm retired. I've got to take care of myself. We all do.


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