How do I KNOW if I would be a good nurse. I am 39, considering a career change from being a homemaker and elem ed. teacher.
Are there common traits amont "happy" nurses? My personality is somewhat reserved (but friendly and loving people), detail oriented, merciful, not liking the "limelight", service oriented. I am not an extremely "high-energy" person, but enjoy a challenge. I like studying ( have a BS with high honors) and think I would enjoy the course work of nursing school. My mind is not oriented toward mechanical workings necessarily, and I wonder how much of that would be involved.
Any thoughts on personalities that do well in nursing?
Dec 6, '01
I am fully aware of what apathy means, lack of concern.
Excuse me, but if you are a student then you have truly not experienced what it is truly like in this profession.
You can be happy to be a nurse, but not happy with the profession. You can be a happy nurse too who sees nothing wrong.
You can also have a concern for your patients and no concern for what is going on as far as working conditions.
This sounds hard to believe and a contradiction, but just wait, you will see it. You will see that the nurses who are the happiest are the ones who resemble Stefford(sp) wives in almost all the cases.
When you actually step out of the idealogical student world of nursing and into reality, look around and see who are the happy nurses and remember the character traits I listed.
If you think that people like me should not be in nursing, then you might just change your mind when you see just how many nurses are like me. Especially when you realize how many patients you will have on your hands, if we all leave.
Remember the old saying that ignorance is bliss. It is the unhappy nurses who are looking and pushing for change in the profession. The so called happy nurses would not change a thing. Heaven help you and the profession as a whole if all that stay are the happy nurses.
I know my words must seem harsh when talking about such a noble profession in where some see a little personal suffering as a good thing to prove their self worth, but after you get a chance to personally suffer for a while then you might just catch my drift.
Last edit by wildtime88 on Dec 6, '01