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Becoming a nurse

Laurel A. Laurel A. (Member)

I was curious about how one decides to become a nurse. Was there a constant interest in the medical field or did you know a nurse? Was there some sort of turning point in your life where you realized that you wanted to be a nurse?

Since I am currently stuck in the hospital, I was curious as to how people happen upon this diverse career.

PsychNurseWannaBe, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych, LTC, Nursing Management, WCC. Has 7 years experience.

I was curious about how one decides to become a nurse. Was there a constant interest in the medical field or did you know a nurse? Was there some sort of turning point in your life where you realized that you wanted to be a nurse?

Since I am currently stuck in the hospital, I was curious as to how people happen upon this diverse career.

I always knew I wanted a career that involved helping people. It could have been MD, PA-C, NP, RN or the like. But what made me really fall in love with the act and science of nursing is the concept of holism. That model really just seems to fit for all patients... although it doesn't necessarily fit the same. But what a nifty profession that looks at a person in many different areas. It also give you the great responsibility of advocating for yourself, your peers, the nursing process and of course your patient. And since I have a big mouth...what a great fit! ;)

I knew nursing was for me. Although I have tremendous respect for the medical model... it just wasn't for me. I see people in many different stages in their life and as an RN I must use my knowledge of psychology, psychiatry, geriatrics, cardio, renal, etc.... death and dying. I must use principals like Erikksons and the like. So like I said before... It is quite nifty to be able to address your patients in a holistic manner, including teaching their family members to care for their loved ones. It is totally AWESOME!:up:

I became a nurse after being a CNA for 6 years. I never wanted to be a CNA and work with sick people before I started. I quit my office job and had a hard time replacing it, so I had a friend who was already and suggested doing CNA work. I thought I'd hate it!! But, after a couple weeks I knew I loved helping take care of people. I even left my midnight shift job because I wanted more patient interaction. Now, I'm a nurse and I absolutely LOVE it and would not do anything else.

I am 1 final exam in English Composition away from my degree in Nursing. After that I take the NCLEX-RN and my new career begins. I started out with a facination about medicine. I becam an EMT at 16, paramedic at 18, was supervising by age 21. Have spent 30 total years in pre-hospital medicine. All of those years I have watched nurses do their jobs with a sense of awe. There is something special about the nurse... you don't see it in any of the other disciplines. It's just something very special. Give it a lot of thought. It's not easy...but it's worth the effort.

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

I never really wanted to be anything else. For a while I toyed w/ becoming a MD but then realized I didn't want to go to school for that long in order to have such limited contact with patients. So nursing school it was. Nursing is what I know how to do and I like it. Sure, we have bad days and bad moods just like everybody else. But I don't think there is another field out there that is so varied, flexible, and pretty job-secure.

(I work in mother-baby. I am fairly certain people will not stop having sex anytime soon.:))

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