I am an 18 year old girl looking for a career. Ever since I was little, I've leaned towards the medical field. I'd drift away, but always came back to nursing.
I want to help people. Especially children, and expectant mothers. I have lost many family members over the years and watched them suffer, and watched the nurses who made their last days more comfortable.
I want a career that makes a difference, interacts with people a LOT, and has flexibility and variety. I don't want to get bored, and I want something that is somewhat mentally stimulating. I love a fast paced environment. To me, nursing seems to have all those qualities. But in reality, does it?
Here's what concerns me the most though:
I'm afraid of needles. I got a flu shot, and the girl who gave it to me would have been backhanded if I could have reached her. I don't know how I'd do on the other side of the needle though.
I can be squeemish sometimes. BUT, only if it's family/friends that are hurt. Anyone else, no problems.
I'm also afraid that I'll spend half my working life ill. I don't want to bring home illnesses to my family either.
But when it comes down to it... I really can't imagine myself doing anything else. I want to help the ill who can't help themselves.
Any advice? Please and thank you.