My interest in nursing arose from a childhood friend of mine.
Back when we were both 12, she was involved in a car accident that paralyzed her from the neck-down, so I would go and visit her whenever I could. The nurses were super sweet and compassionate every time I watched them perform even the most simplest of tasks for her, like feeding, turning her over, helping her with other various stuff. But that really didn't catch my interest as much as what she asked of me before passing away due to complications. She wanted me to help others much like how I helped her during her stay at the hospital.
Of course, I didn't do anything like feed her or anything a nurse would physically perform (I did bake her favorite cake though, with the help of her mom), but I think what helped her most was how calm and affectionate I was towards her. She would joke and say I had a strong "motherly" nature about me, even. But I think I might have helped calm her during her stay. I was always patient and attentive to her. She always liked playing Pokemon, so even though she couldn't play that during her stay, I would bring my little GameBoy and play Pokemon next to her and, sometimes, I would place her hands on the GameBoy and help her push certain buttons and stuff so that she was sort-of "playing" the game, too. Most other times, she'd watch TV and talk to me about what she saw and we'd talk over that for a while. Other times we either talked about what we did back then when we met and stuff or future-y things.
All in all, I think that's what really got me interested in nursing. I would want to be bedside with someone who wasn't feeling at their 100% and cheer 'em up, I guess! I might be a shy, introverted type of guy in the real world, but when you place me by someone who's feeling sick or down, and it's like I adopt this whole new personality - even if it makes me "motherly" in a sense, haha.
That's why I want to go into nursing. The money and other benefits that come along with it? That's all just a bonus to me.
And the nurses at the hospital she stayed at also agreed that I should be a nurse. Since my nursing school
and clinicals, etc. will collide with that hospital, I'm sure they'll get a good kick out of seeing me again.