I'm about to start school for nursing. I've wanted to do this for a long time, but there have been a few detours. Here's my question...
Every time I talk to nurses I know about a career in nursing the answer is always a variation on the following (except my mom, she's behind me, if somewhat reluctantly):
"Are you Crazy?!? Hasn't your mother taught you anything about nursing? You're bright, smart, caring, compassionate (insert any adjective here). You can do anything you want, why nursing? You should be an administrator, or if you want to take care of people, a P.A. Nursing is horrible. Horrible conditions. You're too idealistic, you'll never get to spend the time you want with patients, and there isn't enough time to care for them like you want to." etc.
I end up defending nursing to nurses! I just want to care for people. I'd love to volunteer with severely underserved communities or the Red Cross, or maybe work overseas or with Native American tribes/Appalachian mountain communities, etc. Am I nuts? I'm starting to get a little concerned!
Just yesterday I was watching Dr. Phill, there was this woman, mother of 5 that had this idea that she could become an actress.
Supposedly she wanted to be an actress as a lifelong dream.
Then she got totally disarmed when Dr. Phill asked; Do you want to be an actress or do you want to be famous?
She inmediatedly responded "An Actress"
But then again she insisted on that she needed to move to California with all her 5 kids and hubby regarless of their well being.
Phill said; "If you want to be an actress it wouldn't matter if you act for 100 or 10,000 wouldn't it?"
Now after all this story, yes that is the question.... can you see yourself working in the worse conditions, maybe low pay, maybe overworked and still feel proud of what you do doing the best to improve every day to make your life, that of your patients and the whole nursing career better?
GO, dont think for a second more and dont care for what anyone else has to say, they'll get their lesson when they see how happy you are with your life.
STOP and reconsider seriously.
But for what I can read in your post....you will become someday in the kind of nurse I wish I can become someday.
Last edit by roytoy on Dec 1, '04