Everyone wants to be a nurse... - page 4

There's a high demand in nurses. Everyone wants to become one! Do you think this is part of the economic recession and people just needing a job that is in high demand? Or, do you think people... Read More

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    It's a combination of both. People find it rewarding to have a job that allows them to help people. It also doesn't hurt to be able to earn from one's chosen profession. The most important thing in being a nurse is to put one's heart in the profession. The earning that comes with it is just icing on the cake.
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    I just joined all nurses and I have been dabbling in the field for quite some time. I worked at a major hospital a PCT and it was an eye opener. I didnt have all these grand ideas of nursing but I met so many nurses who went in eye wide SHUT they hated their job, so many would say to me if your smart you'll do anything but this. I often her I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner and I have to do this first to get there. Many say they needed quick money and many said they're too dumb for medical school. Now if I went in this thinking of only money or how cool it looked on tv shows I would be just like them. I decided I wanted to do this because I lost my grandfather at an early age, my grandmother to breast cancer, my aunt to kidney disease and all I remember was how kind and calming these nurses were. How they comforted my family,I was impressed watching the hospice nurse come to take care of my grandfather. I also loved science! I also loved hearing stories from my aunt who was back then a ER nurse now a retired ER Nurse Practitioner and how I felt always safe around her becasue if something bad happen she could quite possibly save my life!!! (9year old thinking!) Thats why I want to be a nurse I love it
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    I'd have to be honest. If it came down to being batman, or being a nurse.....

    SEE YA! Me and my bat-a-copter are OUT!

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    I graduated May 2010 with a degree in biology with teacher certification. I taught and didn't like it. I wanted to be a doctor/psychiatrist but new I needed a back-up so I wanted to go the premed route but pick up teaching certification at the same time. Somewhere along the line I lost sight of my pre med dreams and settled for a degree everyone told me do and for some of the very same reasons people are now running to nursing.
    "They always need teachers"
    "There is a shortage of science teachers"
    Then the recession hit but I was in the sheltered world of college so I was naive. The year I graduate, Illinois takes science off the shortage area list. I searched for a year to find a job but started thinking about going back for a nursing degree. In high school, I shadowed nurses at the community nursing home and I knew it was something I could do. I've always wanted people improve the lives of others. I love people and have great patience with difficult ones. I'm just not a manager. I don't like struggling to entertain 90+ teens and moderate their every move.

    So after two years of thinking about nursing seriously, I've decided to make my move. Yes it will be stressful. The job market is weak. The health care system is just as damaged as education. I will have unruly patients, but medicine is whatI'm interested in and not what someone suggested/for the big bucks/job security.

    Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't work if I didn't need money. I would just be a hippie or a plush housewife that volunteers and does pilates. It's just that amount doesn't matter to me (no kids, no house, no pets) and bf is in a phd program. I just want to be happy. Plus, I also know that nursing equate big money.

    All I want is a shot and I'm willing to work three jobs and live on ramen to get it.

    This board is a great resource, albeit a little disheartening. I know some is factual but the pessimism is a downer. There are some of us have our hearts in the right place even if we have bowls to fill and (like teaching) not all of us will/should stay. Same goes for some of the "old pros" The college is a must for success and nursing shortage propaganda machines hold blame for some of it.
    Last edit by ShinyRedGloss on Aug 21, '12
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    A lot of people get into nursing now for reasons that are totally financial. And trust me, it shows. Anyone can pass a test. Not everyone is cut out to be a nurse

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    Sour Pickle is 19 years old old, NOT a nurse but clearly knows more about nursing than those who have been in the profession longer than she has been alive. Props to SourPickles

    (that was sarcasm by the way)
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    I was just wondering if this picture of Batman was appropriate considering three mass movie theater shooting that just happened last month in Colorado.....
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    I became a nurse because of the perceived notion of job security, but not necessarily the actual take home pay. Also the flexibility to relocate and find work... and maybe a little because of multiple options for career paths, if bedside nursing wasn't as glorious as it appeared. I was a home health aide first to make sure I didn't have aversions to doing the hands on care for strangers.

    I love bedside care at the med/surg level. I am glad there are other kinds of people who go into nursing though... because I don't want to work in ICU or L&D or dialysis. I don't want to be a nurse manager or director and go to meetings all day...

    I appreciate a good manager who still pines quietly to do a little bedside care. Unfortunately, there are a lot of new nurses who seem eager to get the next degree, promotion, or certificate just to get as far away from the bedside as possible, as fast as possible. Envying the charge nurse position because they see it as a way to not be assigned patients...

    I am not against nurses moving up. I would just hope they see the value of doing the job they agreed to do (that they are getting paid to do), and do it well. Some seem to have no ability to put the patient first.
    Last edit by SunDazed on Aug 22, '12 : Reason: content
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    Well, I was a traditional college student when I obtained my nursing degree. I went straight from high school. I don't think there is any other profession that allows for more direct amelioration of the lives of others, and I wouldn't trade that aspect of the job for anything. That being said, I sure as heck wouldn't be doing this for free! There are many who pursue the field exclusively for a reasonable paycheck, and as long they are professional and care for their patients as they are supposed to do, there should be no judgement of that. Bedside nursing doesn't pay that well, and it is often unpleasant...we should be glad there are so many people willing to do it.
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    I was a nurse educator in a community college setting. We were inundated with people who were out of work and must have just woken up one morning and thought "I want to be a nurse" without even having an idea of what this really meant.

    I'm not talking about the moms who had to put college and career on hold to raise kids, but people who worked in IT, in an office, or on an assembly line. It wasn't because these people weren't intelligent (they were), but some of these people had no, nada, zilch "people" (aka soft) skills. Even after some career counseling and gentle persuasion from our wonderful counselors, these people would become downright defensive if you mentioned that they might consider something not so much in the front line of care, where they could still earn a decent wage. Speaking of which, this seemed to be the primary reason that attracted people to nursing - not "caring" for others, but thinking that they could earn a great salary and have some job security.

    It was helpful to require being a nursing assistant first before applying to the nursing program. At least this weeded out those folks who thought nurses didn't have to get their hands dirty (or thought they were "too posh to wash").
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