Who really wants to help people???? - page 4

my brother was talking to a male nursing student in a bar and he informend the bro about how i am going to nursing school because i want to help people. i guess, the guy was pretty shocked and then... Read More

  1. by   porkey2
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Here's the thing - in my opinion, it's fantastic that this nation is wealthy enough and generous enough that we can help others around the world.

    What annoys me is that no one (and yes, that's a broad term; let me rant for a second) wants to talk about what's happening HERE. We're among the richest nations in the world, a country that THROWS AWAY excess milk and grain from farms subsidized by the government, and yet there are kids right here in Durham that will go to bed tonight without anything to eat. What IS that, i ask? What's the deal with that?

    What about soup kitchens here, or raising money here for free clinics? Why are people so quick to send money to Africa, but don't want to think about what's happening right down the street? We've got millions of people who are uninsured in this country, but we organize medical missions to Africa. What's up with that? What makes them any better than the folks here in homeless shelters in Durham, who could benefit from someone appearing to give a rat's butt? On the news you hear about celebrities lobbying drug companies for free drugs for African nations ravaged by AIDS, but what about people here with no insurance who don't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare who also need these drugs? (And I do not believe for one minute that Glaxo is willing to 'fess them up - I have heard too many stories and read way too much about the voluminous paperwork required for freebies from Big Pharma in this country.) I guess we can't look ourselves in the face or even in the mirror and admit we're not as fantastic nor as perfect as we'd like to believe we are as a nation.

    I'll finish my RN in December, and then I'll be immediately returning to school to work on the non-clinical portions of an FNP (age is playing a part here). As soon as I finish an FNP, I want to work at the Lincoln Clinic here in Durham and do SOMETHING to help my own community. So yes, I want to help people. It's nice that in the process I'll make enough to live well on, but I have to do something that is meaningful for me at the same time.

    Sorry for the rant, but the question of why we're so willing to send stuff and cash overseas when we have horrible needs right here has always perplexed me. My instructors keep telling me I need to get a JD or an MBA with my RN and then take this "passion", as they've labeled it, to Washington or even to Raleigh to try and change things, but privately I wonder if that makes any difference at all because NOTHING seems to change in this country. And then if I do that, that's one more person out of the loop who is out there actually DOING something, so I think I'd defeat my own purpose.

    So YES, I want to help people, but I'd really like to do something here, in the midst of the bureaucratic BS and red tape that binds this great country together...we need to clean up our mess at home first before we start trying to solve the rest of the world's problems.

    Thanks for letting me rant.

    why you haten on africa carolinapooh. whats your problem, we help evey other damn country in this world, why not africa! they need help after all, we stripped them of everything they have.
  2. by   ImmerKlein
    I honestly, desperately want to be in this field. I have just graduated, but during high school I took an EMT certification class to see if I had what it took to really be a good nurse. After that, I think that I might go home crying once a week or so, but I honestly can't imagine doing anything else. So many people could use our help, whether they're Americans, Africans, or Middle Easterners. It doesn't matter where we go or who we help, as long as we try to do everything in our power as nurses and health care providers to save the lives of those around us. It is because of this that I so love the field. Nurses are constantly underestimated, but provide an invaluable service. I can't say that the money isn't entirely out of the picture - it's nice to be able to provide well for our families - but at least it's secondary to helping others. Isn't that the heart of nursing?
  3. by   elisabeth
    I had leukemia as a teenager and part of my desire to become a nurse is the urge I have to give back to a community that was so supportive of me. My nurses were all wonderful and genuinely cared for their patients.

    Being a nurse will allow me to earn a good living while having a (hopefully) positive impact on someone's experience with the medical profession.
  4. by   Wondergirl0905
    After a few years of work that did not involve helping others, I relaized that I needed a change. So I've been working the last four years as a victim advocate for domestic & sexual violence. I love the work, but I'm burning out and can't afford to work at a non-profit the rest of my life (I'll still volunteer there when I start school full time this fall). Because of this job, I want to continue advocating for people, just in a healthcare setting. One dream: I hope one day to be a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Women's health is also an important issue to me - my aunt (mom's only sibling) died of cervical cancer when I was in high school - such a preventable death.

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