Considering Becoming an RN

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    Hello!

    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!

    - Jim
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    Welcome to Allnurses.com!

    I'm introverted, yet I've been a bedside nurse for seven years. Many competent nurses are introverts, and some patients want a nurse who is more of a listener than a constant talker.

    I also never had a burning desire to become a nurse. In fact, I did not even consider nursing until the age of 19. My childhood dream was to become a novelist and writer, but making a professional career out of that would involve risk and perhaps some starving. I work as a nurse for practical reasons such as the flexible schedule and the ability to find a sense of purpose in the work I do. Nursing is not some majestic 'higher calling' for me; rather, it is a means to an end.

    Nurses can be sued individually, and on occasion nurses are sued. However, lawsuits are far more likely to be filed against physicians (read: deep pockets) and healthcare facilities (read: deeper pockets). A nurse's malpractice insurance premium runs about $100 per year, while the doctor pays tens of thousands of dollars in premiums. The doctor pays more because he/she is more likely to be sued than the nurse.

    Good luck with whatever decision you make!
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    I will be honest. I voted don't do it. The reasons you cited for doing it are not enough and the 3 12 hour shifts reason is somewhat off. Yes, nurses generally work 3 12 hour shifts; however, it can be tiring. When I teched, we worked 3 12 hour shifts and the other 4 days, I spent time recuperating from the long hours.

    If you have no passion or interest in nursing, it may miserable for you. Plus, there's loans and nursing jobs are not as plentiful as media outlets make it sound.

    You also have more cons than pros. Just pointing that out...whatever you decide, good luck.
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    Quote from JimboWalls
    Hello!

    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!

    - Jim
    To be honest, if you have no passion for nursing and want to do it for a stable job and income, I dont think you have been paying much attention here on AN. There is no nurse shortage. Experienced nurses are having difficulty finding work, and new grads are often desperate. You might have more job security as an actor at this point lol.
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    Quote from wish_me_luck
    I will be honest. I voted don't do it. The reasons you cited for doing it are not enough and the 3 12 hour shifts reason is somewhat off. Yes, nurses generally work 3 12 hour shifts; however, it can be tiring. When I teched, we worked 3 12 hour shifts and the other 4 days, I spent time recuperating from the long hours.

    If you have no passion or interest in nursing, it may miserable for you. Plus, there's loans and nursing jobs are not as plentiful as media outlets make it sound.

    You also have more cons than pros. Just pointing that out...whatever you decide, good luck.
    If I were to list pros and cons for any job, I am positive there would always be more cons. Even with acting. But since not working isn't an option, I need to pick something. I am having an extremely hard time doing so. I am not exaggerating when I say that I spent the past 5 months of my free time trying to figure out what career is right for me. I literally have just sat in front of the computer doing research and have had no luck thus far. Nursing has come closest. Really, I don't know where to go from here if not nursing. I research other careers and just get frustrated, because I have no interest in them and can't see myself doing those jobs all my life. Nursing on the other hand, doesn't feel that way. That's because I would love to help others for a living. I feel like I could fight through all the stress of each if I just remind myself when I get home that I am doing a good thing. The option for 3 day work weeks is also a huge attraction for me. The idea of spending the majority of my years at work sickens me. As a nurse, I would be able to spend the majority of my days outside of work. But you make it sound like those days are essentially just recuperation days, so that's something I will have to think about.
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    To be honest, if you have no passion for nursing and want to do it for a stable job and income, I dont think you have been paying much attention here on AN. There is no nurse shortage. Experienced nurses are having difficulty finding work, and new grads are often desperate. You might have more job security as an actor at this point lol.
    I am not doing it for the job security. Income is definitely a factor though. But honestly, I would be comfortable on less than the average salary. $45K is probably all I really need. And when I look at jobs with that salary or higher, the one that most attracts me is nursing.
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    Hi Jim:

    Nursing salary varies from location to location. I've seen as low as $15.00 per hour ($31,200 / year) on up; this was for AD RN's with at least one year experience. Also, some geographic areas are saturated with nurses looking for jobs.

    Only you and God know your motivations. If it is just the money, then it like any other job would get old.

    I do believe on can gain passion in the walk through prayer. I also believe being an introvert has benefits as one tends to listen more than one talks.

    You can get any illness or disease at home as easy as a hospital. Unfortunately, in the U.S. you can get sued for anything no matter what you do. So I would not let either of these be a reason.

    Thank you.
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    I had no passion for nursing, and honestly just chose it over teaching due to the schedule and income. Now that I am in nursing I love it, but it did take time. I'm glad that others just knew what they wanted to do, but I didn't so I came upon it in my own way. Won't make me any less of a nurse either!
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    Quote from pmabraham
    Hi Jim:

    Nursing salary varies from location to location. I've seen as low as $15.00 per hour ($31,200 / year) on up; this was for AD RN's with at least one year experience. Also, some geographic areas are saturated with nurses looking for jobs.

    Only you and God know your motivations. If it is just the money, then it like any other job would get old.

    I do believe on can gain passion in the walk through prayer. I also believe being an introvert has benefits as one tends to listen more than one talks.

    You can get any illness or disease at home as easy as a hospital. Unfortunately, in the U.S. you can get sued for anything no matter what you do. So I would not let either of these be a reason.

    Thank you.
    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).


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