I finally decided to share with my friends the specialties I'm considering getting into once I complete nursing school, which are:
- Pediatric Oncology
- General Oncology
- Labor & Delivery
- Correctional Facilities
Now, I knew to expect a lot of mixed reactions to possibly working in a prison, but what actually happened blew my mind.
I started getting emails and calls from friends asking "Why on Earth would you want to be a nurse?" and "Cortney, you're such a good writer, why would you waste that and go into nursing?" ((Evidently they are just now catching on to the idea that I want to be a nurse, after I've spent the last six months talking about it...)) Alright, I kinda saw this one coming. No one is really too crazy about me becoming a nurse except my father, grandfather, & boyfriend, they're thrilled for me. I let it roll off my back. The thing that really got to me? When I logged on to AIM that night, I started getting hate IMs from FOUR different people, saying things like "You sick ****, why would you want to work around dying children, I hope you rot in hell!" and "I hope one of those loonies in the psych ward puts you out of your miserable existence". The brunt of it was regarding pediatric oncology, and how I am a sick, demented person for wanting to care for children with cancer. But you get the picture...
((Surprisingly enough, I still haven't gotten any comments about the Corrections thing!))
I understand that some people are never going to be supportive of my wanting to be a nurse, and I accept that, I'm not one to need everyone's approval before I do something that I feel is right. It was just those four people... The fact that four people I KNOW on a personal level feel that much HATE toward me for something I want to do to help care for people...
I don't know why I'm telling all of you this... Maybe I'm just wondering if you guys have faced the same emotional road blocks from people you thought loved you.