Why do you want to be a nurse?

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    This is a question on my application for nursing school, and I am sure for many others. I have an honest answer, but I believe it may sound cliche that I "want to help people" and make me highlight how undecisive I have been in my professional goals. This isn't my essay- I am nowhere near starting it. What are your reasons for becoming a nurse? I promise I won't use your responses, I just want to get the ball rolling.

    I spent one year working on the Navajo resevation, as a speech therapist. (I really never intended to make speech-therapy a career, but after taking general pre-reqs needed for all health careers, I was immature and chose the shortest route so I could get married- a BS in speech therapy was one year of very slow-paced classes for me at that point. This is staying out of my essay, b/c it was a very stupid choice) It sincerly bothered me when I was supposed to teach children how to make an R, when thier health and nutritional status was severly compromised. I wound up using my therapy supply budjet on food to give the kids during thier sessions, and made my own supplies.

    There is very little healthcare available on the reservation, and my time spent there made me realize what a modern marvel the healthcare, antibiotics, and nursing care really is. Some people really don't have that!! When I was sick myself, I drove over 100 miles to phoenix or winslow. Most of the natives don't have cars, so they wait a week or so for the public health dr to make it there, take a day off from work, and wait literally a whole day to be seen and still won't get in 1/2 the time. I want to help people with their most basic needs and be the backbone of healthcare. I am now a CNA in Omaha, which has lots of nursing schools.(huge pay-cut but I love nursing that much!!), I love providing essential care, and I will love being an RN.
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    Hi, there,

    Well....I don't know if I would write this answer on my application, but this is why I want to be a nurse. My mom is an RN. She is now almost 70, but we moved to Florida when I was five and my mom had just graduated from nursing school. I always thought my mom was so smart. She made good money and was able to give us a good life being a nurse.

    I am married with three kids, but we are always struggling. I decided that in order to have what we wanted, I should go back to school. I feel like nursing is in my blood. I feel like I get that from my mom. I think I have a compassionate personality and I genuinely care about other people. This is why "I" want to be a nurse.

    Good luck!!

    Michele
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    I don't understand what is wrong with what you just wrote. If you write "I want to help people", your application will likely go in the reject pile. But that isn't what you just wrote in your post.

    Why can't you just write what you posted? The focus is how you came to this decision, which you explained quite nicely.

    Leave out the stuff about how you think speech therapy is dumb or wasn't intended as a career. Just focus on how you discovered the importance of basic health care needs and go from there.
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    I agree with the poster above me, it tells how, when, and why you discovered you wanted to be a nurse.
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    [keep trying and you will get your goal.


    Except the speech therapy part ,whatever you want to write in your essay about basic need of healthcare is good. I applied to ABSN program last year and as usual had to write an essay. I spent around 3 weeks writing my essay. Yes, you cannot literally start your essay with that you want to help people but start giving reasons from your personal life. Keep your english simple and well understood. Make it like an interesting story in the beginning and then proofread at least ten times. My hard work didn't go waste as I got admission in ABSN.

    quote=CNAinNeb;2645752]This is a question on my application for nursing school, and I am sure for many others. I have an honest answer, but I believe it may sound cliche that I "want to help people" and make me highlight how undecisive I have been in my professional goals. This isn't my essay- I am nowhere near starting it. What are your reasons for becoming a nurse? I promise I won't use your responses, I just want to get the ball rolling.

    I spent one year working on the Navajo resevation, as a speech therapist. (I really never intended to make speech-therapy a career, but after taking general pre-reqs needed for all health careers, I was immature and chose the shortest route so I could get married- a BS in speech therapy was one year of very slow-paced classes for me at that point. This is staying out of my essay, b/c it was a very stupid choice) It sincerly bothered me when I was supposed to teach children how to make an R, when thier health and nutritional status was severly compromised. I wound up using my therapy supply budjet on food to give the kids during thier sessions, and made my own supplies.

    There is very little healthcare available on the reservation, and my time spent there made me realize what a modern marvel the healthcare, antibiotics, and nursing care really is. Some people really don't have that!! When I was sick myself, I drove over 100 miles to phoenix or winslow. Most of the natives don't have cars, so they wait a week or so for the public health dr to make it there, take a day off from work, and wait literally a whole day to be seen and still won't get in 1/2 the time. I want to help people with their most basic needs and be the backbone of healthcare. I am now a CNA in Omaha, which has lots of nursing schools.(huge pay-cut but I love nursing that much!!), I love providing essential care, and I will love being an RN.[/quote]
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    Yeah, your story about being a speech therapist on a reservation is perfect. It is unique and honest. Tell them you were speech a therapist and had your eyes opened to what you feel in your heart you're supposed to do with your life.

    I, myself, keep wondering why the heck I want to me a nurse as of late. I just started the pre-requisite courses and Microbio is fine (dare I say I like it?), but Chemistry is what's hurting my self-esteem. Granted I haven't actually put any real time into learning the material, but it is just so hard. My teacher is extremely difficult. I just came home and cried today. If I give up on this class then I give up on nursing. I keep saying I won't let this defeat me, but I just get so overwhelmed and frustrated. I don't even know if I'll get into a nursing school around here that is affordable, or if I'd even pass once I was in the nursing program. All of this stress and hard work might not even have a payoff. I'm always a quitter and this is the first time in my life where I'm really trying to fight the urge to take the easy way out and quit.
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    I knew I wanted to become a Nurse when I had my daughter. I loved the way they took care of my daughter, and i knew I wanted to do the same. I want to impact people's lives, even if it is just a second or a day or a week that I come into their lives, I hope what I do for them will last a lifetime. I want so much to make a difference and to do something so important with my life, I couldn't imagine anything better than to spend my days helping people and sharing their lives with me would be such an honor... I pray that I make it there! I just have so much love in me to give and I can't think of a better way to share it with people than to care for them as a Nurse... That's coming from my heart... so I would just look inside your heart -start writing and see what comes out.... Either way if it is from the heart you can't go wrong! Good luck!
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    i want to be a nurse because, i was always interested in the field, and when i turned 12 years old, i had my first aids training with the paramedics at the fire station back in Brazil, i was a boyscout, and the one carring the the first aid back pack, we always went camping on the mountains, and rock coves, and unfortunatelly accidents happend, i remember having to stitch on friends scalp, reason being, we were so far into the jungle, that would take 3 days for the hike back, andsince then i was never scared about situations like that, blood, or whatever.
    i actualy was calm, and trying to tell the other to be calm (not the victim the other scouts), well since then, I fouond out I had a passion for taking care of people, making them feel better, and making sure that whatever i could do to help them...
    Mean time i watched my sister going trough nurse-tech high school, and after that she went to college, got her nursing degree... and i was always reading her books, helping her memorize the words....

    today she is actualy a doctor, and i am on my RN2B(then)CRNA pathway!
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    Quote from Audrey28
    I knew I wanted to become a Nurse when I had my daughter. I loved the way they took care of my daughter, and i knew I wanted to do the same. I want to impact people's lives, even if it is just a second or a day or a week that I come into their lives, I hope what I do for them will last a lifetime. I want so much to make a difference and to do something so important with my life, I couldn't imagine anything better than to spend my days helping people and sharing their lives with me would be such an honor... I pray that I make it there! I just have so much love in me to give and I can't think of a better way to share it with people than to care for them as a Nurse... That's coming from my heart... so I would just look inside your heart -start writing and see what comes out.... Either way if it is from the heart you can't go wrong! Good luck!
    Our reasons are so very similar. I also wanted to become a nurse when I had my son. The nurses were so wonderful to all of us. I knew then that is what I wanted to do in life. I want to be that nurse that can not only just be a nurse but that can be a friend. A very dear friend once told me that I have such a nurturing spirit and now I want to share that with the world. Blessings to all future nurses
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    it took me weeks to write mine and im still changing it! lol best of luck


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