Why nursing?

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    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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    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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    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.
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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!
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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!
    Thanks so much! Good luck to you too
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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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    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.
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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.
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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.


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