Why nursing? - page 2

We all want to help people, but is there something or some other reason that's pushed you even more towards becoming an RN? For me personally, I've always been a people person and love being around... Read More

  1. by   hunnybunches
    Thank you so much Megs! I hope it is, I believe that it will indeed be a great motivator and hopefully will enable me a long and rewarding career in nursing.
  2. by   sjtrk
    I actually had decided when I was 12 years old that I not only wanted to be a nurse, but wanted to work in OB in a high risk unit. My aunt had given birth to a still born and the process of why it happened and what she went through, just really made me feel like it was something I needed to be a part of, to help. I've always been a compassionate soul, as far back as I can remember.

    Then I got pregnant when I was 17 and had to put my dreams on hold. Got married and became a stay at home mom to 2 kids. I honestly put it in the back of mind and didn't give it too much thought. Just become the mom. Then on Oct. 6th 2003 I had to watch my 5 day old nephew, who was born with a genetic mutation of hemophila type A, pass away. I was pregnant with my 3rd child at the time and was overwhelmed with emotion and astonished at the care our family received from the medical staff. 6 months later my best friend (who is like a sister to me and finally we were pregnant at the same time with both our 3rd) delivered her son 5 weeks premature and at 6 weeks, he developed meningitis and passed. My son was born by then and all the while I was being so thankful for having my healthy baby, I had felt so guilty. Then just one month after her son passed (April 2, 2004) my 2 month old son became very ill and almost died from a malrotation of his bowels with 2 blockages and a pyloric stenosis that went undiagnosed for weeks even though I was in the doctors office or on the phone with them every day. I had such a horrible experience with everything he went through from the doctor and nurses in his office talking down to me as if I was making things up, to the doctor asking me what a malrotation was (no I'm not kidding on that!) and during one of his hospital stays from all the complications, they were giving him phentenol and he had an allergic reaction, his heart rate and breathing kept slowing then would pop back up and each time it would not go up as high as it was before and would go lower than it did the time before. I kept telling the nurse and even though he was out cold and never moved, she repeatedly told me it was because he was "wiggling his toe" which his monitor was on. Finally when his h/r and breathing crashed and all the monitor alarms went off she took her stethoscope out and listened herself. Next thing I knew they had people everywhere working on him and rushing him over to the PICU. That nurse never apologized for ignoring my concerns and that REALLY bothered me! After that moment I knew I would do what I had always wanted to do. I wanted to be able to help other parents through good times and bad. 2 kids later and all 5 of them finally in school, here I am!
  3. by   CareQueen
    Great question! I have to say that I am not one of those people who wanted to be a nurse all of my life. Throughout the intial part of life and pretty much until the age of 16, I wanted to be a doctor, more directly, an anesthesiologist, and then a psychiatrist. I knew that I had to be in a profession that helped people improve their standard of living in some, way, shape or form. However, I figured that my absolutely horrible math skills would be an insurmountable obstacle to the field of medicine. (A ridiculously lame excuse, I know.) So I decided to become the next best thing that would play to my strengths,...no not a nurse....a lawyer!

    I wanted to be a corporate lawyer, (yes, because of the money, but also because I am simply fascinated by the law and its intricacies.), and I groomed my entire undergraduate career towards that goal. However, about 9 months ago I had the weirdest epiphany. As the days went on, I grew more and more weary of the typical corporate culture. (Cubicles, 5 day work weeks, talking to no one at work but your co-workers day in and day out, staring at 3 computer screens full of numbers for 8hrs a day, not doing work that directly enriches the "avergage Joe's" life.) I currently work in Finance, and when I say it is possible the most boring work on the face of the earth, I am not exaggerating.

    I decided in the midst of studying to take the LSATs for a second time, that while I loved the law, I really had no desire to do it for the next 50 years. Also, at my age (24), the time required to become a doctor at this point would almost certainly have me missing out on beginning a family and enjoying my youth abundantly, so I didn't return to that idea either. Also, I like that nurses have more patient contact. To put it succinctly, I just knew that I needed to go into healthcare. I needed a field where I could have relatively stable job security(make no mistake about it, there are lots more vacancies for nurses than lawyers), a job where I could physically add to the wellbeing of humanity, where I got to interact with and meet "real" people, and which more often than not, pays rather well. So, I happened upon Nursing.

    But what really drove the nail through the board for me was that my aunt had a seizure about 6 months ago as a result of previous surgery on a brain tumor, and I couldn't help but notice how slowly everything seemed to be moving in the ER. The hospital where she was admitted is very family-friendly and allows unlimited visiting hours and lots of family presence. Because of this, my entire family was there. We were at the hospital for a total of 7 hours, all for her to be discharged and sent home at 4:30am. I was of course grateful that she was stabilized and know that we had to wait until the IV emptied etc, etc., but ever since that night I couldn't shake the feeling of wanting to be a nurse. I want to add to the efficiency of hospitals and am really interested in the operation of patient care delivery systems and feel a need to focus on improving them. To this end, I am interested in clinical nurse management and administration, but I have ultimate goals of becoming a CRNA(b/c the same aunt had a tonsillectomy about 15yrs ago that resulted in cardiac arrest because of an allergy to the anesthesia).

    All I can say, is that this just "feels' right. Everyone initially thought I was crazy to completely change my career path, but I have never been so serious about something in my life. I have already sacrificed so much, (mainly a steady income) in order to make this dream come true and will continue to do so throughout the next few years. I can't wait to become a nurse!!
  4. by   zoe92
    It took a year of me attempting another major to figure out nursing is what I want to do. I had thought about it many times before but didn't have faith in myself to do it. I am so happy I switched to nursing because the hurdles are so worth it.
  5. by   NightNerd
    I majored in English and Psychology for my first go-round in college, and although I liked the writing, research, and social aspects of each field, direct human contact and the feeling that I was actually helping people were missing. I had previously thought I wasn't smart enough to do anything medical, but I just got so doggone bored by the time I got my B.A. that I had to give something else a try. I chose nursing specifically because my mom and grandmother were both nurses, and their example has definitely encouraged me to offer my own knowledge and compassion to patients in the same way that they have. So, I finished my science pre-reqs and got a job as a CNA, and I definitely feel a lot better about myself and my contribution to my family, my community, and the world since choosing this path. It is not going to be easy, but I didn't sign up for easy.

    And may I just add that I am sooooooo impatient about getting my letter! I should hear back by March 1, but I want to know NOW! Haha, but assuming I get in, it will be a short two months before I start the program in summer semester, so probably I should enjoy this lazy time of not knowing, yes?
  6. by   WoundedBird
    I did my first degree in athletic training, and even before I took my boards I was thinking about nursing. I ended up passing my boards on the first try (shocked bc I was the first month of testers taking the new format and finished a 4 hr test in less than two). I ended up landing a job as an AT after a year away from the profession. I loved the kids I worked with but I was finding out that I was hoping that the kids would come to me with only lacs and other emergent issues and not 'my knee hurts'. I would much rather steri-strip a chin back together or stabilize a potential C-spine while waiting for EMS than rehab a hamstring strain.

    I'm hoping to go into trauma because of knowing what I enjoyed as an AT, however I'm also keeping an open mind to all of the specialties I'll encounter because I've had more than one friend start out with on focus in mind only to have a clinical rotation change it.
  7. by   StudentN123
    Very interesting topic. I found your story quite remarkable :-). I myself, sometimes feel a bit skeptical if I made the right career choice. My reasons are quite ordinary of any undergrad college student.. Looking back throughout my childhood, I remember I would enjoy opening up health prevention books, and reading on all sorts of illnesses. Apart from this, my older brother was an EMT, and I remember I was very inspired by his stories and kinds of things he saw. Today, I now even notice that most of my "hobbies" and things that I enjoy reading best about revolve around medicine, excercise, and nutrition. These things make me happy, and I wanted to be able to pursuit them as a career. I decided to settle for RN because: I enjoy science and applying it to real life every day, nursing is a very altruistic career, I wanted to start working soon to get experience, opportunites for travel nurse, being the "family doctor", and knowing that I will see new things and make a difference every single day. In additon, in the future I might later settle to become a Family NP, or a Nurse Educator.
    Last edit by StudentN123 on Jan 31, '13 : Reason: adding details
  8. by   Exhaustipated
    If you had asked me straight out of high school what I wanted to do career-wise, nursing would not have even been anywhere near my list. Twenty-five years later I'm a different person with different interests and responsibilities.

    The year before I registered for school, I knew I would be going back, but I didn't know what I would be studying. Then my son, who has had health problems over the years, got very sick. We were in and out of Emergency Departments for a few days, and were finally sent to a Children's Hospital after being told my son needed a hospital better equipped for children since he "had too much going on" for the last hospital. At the Children's Hospital, after spending a couple hours in the ER (mind you, it's after midnight at this point, and we had started at 9am that day) the doctor came in, and from the way she was talking to me, I knew she was going to send us home.

    I knew my child was very sick, and I knew that if we went home, we'd only be back again within a day or two. I knew he looked better after being rehydrated, but I also knew that wouldn't last. What I didn't know was the best way to communicate this to the staff. What I didn't know was how to not sound like a neurotic parent. At that point, there was one thing I knew with absolute certainty. I needed to get educated. I decdided when I went back to school, it would be for something in the medical field.

    My son was finally admitted to the hospital that visit (at 5am -- I had been up and ferrying him around for tests and treatment for 20 hours), and during our 10-day stay, I paid attention to the nurses and the techs. I had conversations. I wish I could remember one particular PCT's name, because it was her compassion and encouragement that finally made me decide for certain I would be going into the medical field. I would love to thank her.

    Beyond that, I looked at the different options available, did my research, and now here I am, preparing to take the Kaplan exam for admission to the ADN program at my school.
  9. by   mandilee428
    My parents inspired me, but not in a way most people would think. Growing up, it was obvious that my parents did not enjoy their jobs. I started working after school when I was 15 and always complained about my job and my parents response was always "that's why it's called 'work' and not 'fun'"; so I just grew to accept that. When I graduated high school, I spent my time just bumming around, not doing much of anything, and by the time I was 20 I had a newborn baby. Once my daughter was born I had to find work, so I followed in my mother's foot steps and got a secretarial job. It was awful, I was so miserable, and at first I just accepted that and figured this was how it was going to be for the rest of my life. After a couple years, though I got to thinking that maybe things didn't have to be that way, and that maybe there is something out there for me that I actually would enjoy, and if I had a job like that I could be an inspiration to my own daughter, but in a more positive way . I could never really explain it, but nursing appealed to me; of course I like people and like to help them but there is something else that has always drawn me that I could never really explain- but I decided that instead of questioning it, I will just listen to it.

    Anyway, my daughter is now 11 and about 6 six years ago I got married and have had 3 more kids and I've been staying home with them while working on my Bachelor's and about a year ago I started taking my pre-req's for nursing school. I have applied to 2 schools for Fall 2013 entrance and keeping my fingers crossed. It will be so nice to finally accomplish this goal I've had for so long!

  10. by   ky88
    Your story is so inspiring!
  11. by   Tyler626
    I chose nursing because it has always been a passion of mine ever since I was 5 years old. I remember I use to pretend to do "surgery" on my stuffed animals as a child. My mom and dad worked in a hospital as well, so growing up I have always been around it and learned to love it. I always remember telling my parents as a child "I want to fix people's hearts" and that's why I want to become a Nurse Practitioner and specialize in cardiac care.

    When I hit high school, and was able to take my first anatomy class I was in heaven. When I was bored, I would read my anatomy book for hours and legit have fun doing it. That book went everywhere with me and I read it during every second of down time during my day. After I finished A&P my senior year, that following summer I went to Borders and dropped about 200 dollars on a&p books and spend my summer reading them because I have an extreme passion for the subject.

    However, besides my love for learning about the human body, the other catalyst to my decision was due to my father. My father suffered a traumatic MI when I was about 9 resulting in him having to have bypass surgery. I almost lost my father due to that MI and ever since then I knew nursing was for me. My love for learning about the nursing field, the personal experiences I have had, and my tendency to put others' needs before my own I know will make me not only acquire my dream of being a cardiac care NP, but always deliver outstanding nursing care to my patients!