First post here. I'm going to be giving you all a lot of information here. I have read tons of threads on this board to help me make a decision, but I figured I would try and get some advice tailored towards my individual situation. I'm a 26 year old male who is considering nursing as a career. As of right now I work at a local department store in Illinois. I know I don't want to work retail my whole life, but I have never really known what exactly I want to do with my life. Well, that's not actually true. I'm an actor and that is probably my one and only "passion", but I know I will make a poor living pursuing that as a full-time career. I want to find a career where I can make a comfortable living. I've considered nursing because of the following:
1. I like helping others.
2. At the end of each day, I could go home knowing I made a difference in peoples' lives.
3. I could work 3 12-hour shifts a week, giving me 4 days a week to enjoy acting as a hobby.
Here are a few things that have been holding me back:
1. Worried about catching diseases. I must admit, the horror stories I have gathered from these forums, as rare as they may be, tend to freak me out a bit.
2. I am an introvert. I am not very talkative. I pretty much only say something when I have something important to say. I'm not much for small talk. With retail I am very kind and friendly with guests. I help them find what they need and go all out to make sure they leave satisfied, but I can't really keep a conversation going with fellow employees or anything like that. I'm worried this will affect my performance as a nurse.
3. I'm not really passionate for nursing itself. Just helping others. I see many of you say that you have wanted to be a nurse for as long as you can remember. That is not the case with me. I only want to be a nurse because of the 3 reasons I listed above.
4. Getting sued. I'm not sure how often it happens, but that's always something to worry about.
For the past 5 months or so, I've been spending almost all of my free time trying to figure out what career would be best for me. So far, nursing seems to be the best match. Although, as you can see, I still have doubts. Any and all advice is appreciated.
Thank you gals and guys!
Quote from JimboWalls
I can assure you I would not be doing it for the money. I would mainly be doing it for the 4 days off a week, and also because I am the kind of person who needs to have a job I can be proud of. Even though I didn't grow up with a passion for nursing, knowing that I am helping others would help me to sleep well at night (or day, since this is nursing we're talking about).
Ok, let me rephrase what I said yesterday. I was typing on my phone and didn't feel like going into detail. The point I was trying to make was more about actually FINDING A JOB and not about salary. Sure, depending on what part of the country you are in, salary is decent. The issue is with actually finding work. When you have experienced nurses desperately job hunting, a new grad is a lot less likely to be given a chance. Many places will only hire new grads under the residency programs, and I've seen maybe 2-4 positions opened up per YEAR for any department. Factor in that all the applicants for those coveted positions. See what I'm getting at now?
Also, on top of the recovery time needed after working a few 12 hour shifts (personally I don't need all 4, I probably need more recovery from working 8 hour shifts early in the morning lol), there is also the fact that you are assuming you would get 3 12hr shifts back to back, then 4 days off. Not always going to work that way. Look up other threads on here about nurses being mandated to stay beyond their scheduled hours. About being penalized if they don't answer their phone to come in when they aren't scheduled.
It just seems to me that if you are wanting to do this for money until you break out as an actor, you can find something else that will not destroy you physically and mentally, has better guarantee of finding work to help pay off the student debt you will accumulate, and ALSO help people out.
Last edit by uRNmyway on Mar 6, '13