Why nursing?

  1. 0 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 others. But my biggest reason for going into nursing is because of my car accident. I was t-boned on my drivers side by a lady in her truck who was talking on her phone. We were going around 50 mph.

    This changed my life. I lost my car and my mental and physical health was altered. I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and went through 5 months of intense therapy. I also suffered a cervical sprain, thoracic paraspinal injury, whiplash, and I now have scoliosis all because of my muscular damage. Anyways, as you could imagine I went through a lot emotionally and physically.

    The thing is, I made it. I made it through and I lived. Becoming a nurse will allow me to be on the receiving end of an individual who has gone through something traumatic just as I did. I want to help someone through an extremely vulnerable and exposed situation like my nurses, doctor, physical therapists, and therapist did.

    So what about you? Why nursing?
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 28, '13 : Reason: spacing
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  3. Visit  MegslB profile page

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    From 'Washington'; Joined Jan '13; Posts: 20; Likes: 3.

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  4. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    I agree with you, some personal aspects of my life have pushed me towards nursing. My mom died about a year ago and she died alone, in the ICU. At the time I had a new baby and had temporary custody of my younger sister (I have since been granted full guardianship &#128522 and I was her power of attorney. There was just no way I could sit at the hospital with her all day, something I have always regretted. Before she was moved to the ICU, I was called by the nurse asking for permission to resuscitate if needed, which I gave. A few hours later I received the call that my mother suffered respiratory failure and had died. Alone. I didn't know it at first but that ignited something in me and steered me towards this field. If I can give comfort to at least one scared patient, be their "family" when theirs is unable to be there, then maybe my mom can know how badly I wanted to be there for her and maybe I can pay that love and compassion forward to my patients, even if it is for just a few minutes at a time.
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  5. Visit  MegslB profile page
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    Quote from hunnybunches
    I agree with you, some personal aspects of my life have pushed me towards nursing. My mom died about a year ago and she died alone, in the ICU. At the time I had a new baby and had temporary custody of my younger sister (I have since been granted full guardianship ?de0a) and I was her power of attorney. There was just no way I could sit at the hospital with her all day, something I have always regretted. Before she was moved to the ICU, I was called by the nurse asking for permission to resuscitate if needed, which I gave. A few hours later I received the call that my mother suffered respiratory failure and had died. Alone. I didn't know it at first but that ignited something in me and steered me towards this field. If I can give comfort to at least one scared patient, be their "family" when theirs is unable to be there, then maybe my mom can know how badly I wanted to be there for her and maybe I can pay that love and compassion forward to my patients, even if it is for just a few minutes at a time.
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I think it's inspiring how you're taking something that'll help so many other people, out of a difficult life event. I think the reasons why you want to be a nurse will be a great motivation and will touch a lot of people.
  6. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Thank you. I am going to try to pay it forward in everyday I can! I want to commend you for having the strength and determination to overcome your personal obstacles. I believe that nursing is going to be extremely rewarding for you and to you! Good luck on your journey!
  7. Visit  MegslB profile page
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    Quote from hunnybunches
    Thank you. I am going to try to pay it forward in everyday I can! I want to commend you for having the strength and determination to overcome your personal obstacles. I believe that nursing is going to be extremely rewarding for you and to you! Good luck on your journey!
    Thanks so much! Good luck to you too
  8. Visit  Alisonisayoshi profile page
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    13 years ago I got sick and almost died. I have required care for diabetes ever since (they removed my pancreas to save my life). Since then I have come across a lot of sucky burnt out nurses... No offensive to anyone it's just been my patient experience. I just need to be one of the good ones! I want to do good, be compassionate, and provide care with grace and dignity. I feel driven to do it! I left a lucrative career for an uncertain future to do it!
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  9. Visit  llovefutureRN profile page
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    Quote from hunnybunches
    I agree with you, some personal aspects of my life have pushed me towards nursing. My mom died about a year ago and she died alone, in the ICU. At the time I had a new baby and had temporary custody of my younger sister (I have since been granted full guardianship dde0a) and I was her power of attorney. There was just no way I could sit at the hospital with her all day, something I have always regretted. Before she was moved to the ICU, I was called by the nurse asking for permission to resuscitate if needed, which I gave. A few hours later I received the call that my mother suffered respiratory failure and had died. Alone. I didn't know it at first but that ignited something in me and steered me towards this field. If I can give comfort to at least one scared patient, be their "family" when theirs is unable to be there, then maybe my mom can know how badly I wanted to be there for her and maybe I can pay that love and compassion forward to my patients, even if it is for just a few minutes at a time.

    Like you my mom passed it will be a year on jan 31. I feel I want to pay forward. I feel like I owe it to help others as I myself was not there and how I wish I could of done more for her. I am a people person and love helping. That is why I chose to be an RN because I know it will be rewarding in that way.
  10. Visit  HouTx profile page
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    Quote from hunnybunches
    . . .My mom died about a year ago and she died alone, in the ICU..
    She wasn't alone - her nurse was with her. It's what we do.
  11. Visit  FLfemale profile page
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    I need advice. I'm 53 & having to leave the dental hygiene field of 20 yrs. I loved my job but was recently fired. Finding another job is impossible due to the overload of hygienists. I'm seriously thinking of applying for RN for these reasons: I have all the pre-reqs, I enjoy helping people, & the wages are nearly the same. I know I can handle the workload of school esp since I won't be working. My main concerns are how to get that first job as a RN grad without experience, and are the working conditions in a hospital as stressful as I've been reading? Any insight from seasoned RNs will be helpful. Thanks.
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    Quote from FLfemale
    I need advice. I'm 53 & having to leave the dental hygiene field of 20 yrs. I loved my job but was recently fired. Finding another job is impossible due to the overload of hygienists. I'm seriously thinking of applying for RN for these reasons: I have all the pre-reqs, I enjoy helping people, & the wages are nearly the same. I know I can handle the workload of school esp since I won't be working. My main concerns are how to get that first job as a RN grad without experience, and are the working conditions in a hospital as stressful as I've been reading? Any insight from seasoned RNs will be helpful. Thanks.
    I would post this as a separate question and not as a response to someone else's thread.
  13. Visit  loriinmd profile page
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    There are a whole host of reasons why I'm doing this. I think people are fascinating and I love being around them. I love pure science. I have always been the kind who nurtures (others before myself) and the work I've been in doesn't make me feel like I'm paying it forward in any way whatsoever. I pay it forward by doing volunteer work but I want the rest of my life's work to mean something. I wasn't put here to push around papers.
  14. Visit  hunnybunches profile page
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    Quote from HouTx

    She wasn't alone - her nurse was with her. It's what we do.
    I really hope so Tx. It kills me to think that she was all alone, without us, without anyone. I hope she had a loving, caring nurse who could give her some comfort. Just the thought gives me some comfort.
  15. Visit  i♥words profile page
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    When I first chose nursing I was trying to figure out what to do after high school. Nursing sounded interesting, and I liked that I wouldn't be rolling around in an office chair all day. I thought about going to school to be a doctor but I wanted to get into the healthcare field faster, and nursing provides more options (you aren't stuck in a specialty, you can take time off for a few years and then go back to work). (I'm in school for my BSN.) Also, wearing scrubs and sneakers is my kind of dress code. It wasn't until I started talking to people who are nurses or who know nurses that I realized how important the role is. The more I observe and read about nurses, the more I know that nursing is for me. A few days ago a family member said that I'm so smart I should be a doctor. I had to keep myself from going on a tangent about how smart and amazing nurses are, and how I didn't choose nursing because it is "easy," because it isn't, but because I want to be a nurse. Over the past couple of years I have frequented doctors' offices and hospitals for my own health issues as well as those of my family members, and I always pay attention to the nurses. It's comforting to know, to really know, that someday I will be a nurse.


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