The Calling: What Made Me Pursue a Nursing Career - page 4
by Ruby Vee
“Become a nurse just for the money? How can you possibly be a good nurse if you’re doing it just for the money?” The implication seems to be that in order to be a good nurse, one has to have a “calling”. This is the idea... Read More
- 1Sep 14, '12 by whichone'spinkThank you for this article. I appreciate your honesty. For once, one person saying they didn't have a calling. I was pushed into nursing in my senior year of high school. My mom was going through a divorce, and she was looking to join a nursing program because of the so-called stability that nursing offered. She didn't apply, but she pushed me to apply instead. Her rationale was even in a bad economy, nurses would always have job. More or less, she was correct. I am fortunate that I was able to get a job within four months of graduating. That can't be said about people that graduated with, say, a biology major. I remember during classes with other pre-nursing students, I would feel bad when I was asked to give my reason for joining nursing school. Because for me, it really is all about the money. Not to say that I am a hardhearted you-know-what. In nursing school, it dawned on me that while I don't make a difference in all my patients, I do make a difference at least 10% of them. That's the percentage of patients I ended up connecting with. The other 90%, not so much. One thing I've learned to nursing school is to not take things personally. If a patient is being mean to me, I just let it go. There are many patients that don't want help. They want to wallow in their own miserable circumstances, and they take their anger out on the nurses. And that's okay. I've learnt that sometimes the only thing I can do is cross my T's and dot my I's, and leave. It's a little complicated dealing with coworkers, especially those that could be trouble down the road. That's the worst part of nursing. You can't really trust anyone.Another thing I've learned from nursing, is that if I'm going to take all this crap, the ungrateful patients and coworkers I can't trust, at least I should get paid well for it. And that's why I want to become a PA eventually. I had a bad experience with the preceptor, and her manager. How can I trust anyone again? I managed to find a job in another state, and this will definitely help me get into PA school as I would need experience. I also have a few more classes I need to complete but one thing is for sure. I'm getting out of nursing. Forgive me if this comes out as a block of text. It's very difficult to format paragraphs on an iPad.
- 0Sep 17, '12 by englishgeekI chose nursing to help people. Why should it matter that the particular people I'm most interested in helping is my family. Family is much more important to me than strangers in a hospital, and if I can have a job that offers them financial stability, that's what I will do!
- 1Sep 17, '12 by turnforthenurseRNGreat article, thank you for sharing!
I wouldn't say I had a "calling" for nursing. When I was little, I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Even as I grew older I still had that passion. I LOVE animals. It wasn't until my senior year of high school when I started thinking of other options. I thought becoming a veterinarian was kind of unrealistic. I didn't want to be in school for forever and I know vet school is very difficult...so I pushed that dream aside. I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I wasn't sure what. I thought about med school but also pushed that dream aside for the same reasons. I started researching other healthcare-related jobs. My mother suggested nursing, and I admit, at first I looked at her in disgust...but that was because I didn't quite fully understand what nurses do. I did more research, looked into shadowing opportunities and then I fell in love with the profession.
My father was also very sick during this time - diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He had a stroke and it just went downhill from there. I admired some of the nurses that worked with him - and others, not so much. I wanted to do what they were doing - care for people, help people. I know that's a cliche way of saying it and everyone has heard of it before, but it's the truth! I wanted to deliver the same care to others that these nurses were giving to my father and that same time, NOT be like some of the crappy nurses he had, too. I didn't want to put anyone through that.
I will admit, the money is pretty nice, too. I have a unique skill set that would be needed anywhere I go - and being a military wife, I chose a good field to go into! I also love the flexibility - there is so much you can do in this field, unlike other professions.
- 0Jul 7, '13 by lilangel6828thank you for this article & all the comments! I have never had "the calling" for nursing; it is something I stumbled upon after I graduated from college with my first degree. the whole "nursing is a CALLING" thing really makes me feel doubtful sometimes, so I'm very glad to hear that there are people who got into nursing for other reasons! thank you for this uplifting thread!