Nursing 'legacies'? How many of you have nurses in your family? - page 4

I was just wondering how many of us became nurses (or decided not to!) because they had family members who were nurses, and how this might have affected your outlook or enthusiasm for nursing. ... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    Wow, no nursing shortage in this thread. I am the only one of my sibs who is a nurse. One sib is a System Analyst and the other an office manager/attendance clerk in a hospital school.

    The rest of my family are "business types" save my late cousin who was a medical technologist.

    When I met my hubby I found out his sister is an RN , his late sister's mil was an LPN. Now the late sister's daughter is an RN.
    I agree that our dinner conversations are less than intriguing to the rest of the family.

    Many years after she died I found out my Dad's mother had WANTED to be a nurse but her mother wouldn't let her! This would have been in the late 1890's or early 1900's.
  2. by   nimbex
    Just me, and tell my children.... never..... never.... what a shame to the profession, LOVE my job, am realistic that it is so tough that I want better for my children.

    Sorry, last few posts have been negative like this, but the fact remains that this is the easiest (loving your patients) and toughest (fighting through 10,000 processes to give your patients good care), and I want more for my children than this..

    Me, wouldn't change what I do for a second. Yet I hope to be the first and the last nurse in my family line.
  3. by   kids
    My Mom and several Aunts (on Mom's side) are all RNs. None on Dad's side. I didn't want to be a nurse but needed *job training* and my Mom's approval...luckily I turned out to be good at it. Daughter wants to be an RN...want her to be sure its not an approval thing also, hopefully will be starting MA school soon.
  4. by   RN2B2005
    My maternal grandmother and great-grandmother were both nurses; my maternal great-grandfather was a surgeon in Hamilton, Ontario in the early 1900's.

    Funny thing, my mother can't stand blood, nor can my brother.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Let's see. My grandmother was an RN diploma graduate...circa 1928. I have one of her old OB text books printed in 1922. An amazing inheritance for me, an OB nurse of the 21st century. Her husband was a pharmacist who owned his own pharmacy in Chicago thru the early 60s until his untimely death.

    My aunt (also a diploma grad) has been a peds nurse since 1962 and is still actively practicing. Two of my cousins are also are nurses; one working a in a GI lab as an RN who just finished an LPN-BSN bridge program; the other is an LPN who currently does home daycare, not nursing outside her home. I guess we have a few nurses in my family with me being the latest in the line, having only just been in practice 6 years now. My 4 year old daughter tells me she is going to be a doctor. I have no doubt she will if her mind is set; she is stubborn. I will do nothing at all to discourage that. She would be the first in both families to do this.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 11, '03
  6. by   researchrabbit
    My mom's a nurse. Two of her sisters were nurses. MY sister is a nurse. My sister's husband is a nurse. My best friend is a nurse. No way was I going to be a nurse (went to school at 40, couldn't deny it any longer!)
  7. by   leeca
    l'm the only one in my family to be a nurse. l'm actually the only female in my family that has any sort of career.

    My mum never had a career, she did odd jobs now and then when l was growing up, it wasn't encouraged for females to have a career, as the view was that you get married and hubby looks after you.

    lt feels fantastic to break the mould and be the first to get a career, l became a nurse because thats what l wanted to do.
  8. by   spineCNOR
    My Mother, an aunt (Mother's sister), one of my Aunt's daughters, and I are all graduates of the same diploma school.
  9. by   TracyB,RN
    Let's see, paternal grandmother, 2 aunts, 4 great aunts( 3 nuns), mom worked in central supply when I was little, until she went back to school(non-medical). My cousin is in nursing school, as are a few kids I used to babysit. My oldest (14) wants to be either a veterinarian or PT, my youngest (5)says she wants to be a "doctor that cuts & sews sick people."
  10. by   giggly1977
    My aunt is a nurse. Although she was a miserable nurse. She always complained about working in the hospital. She ended up working in a MD's office after 15 years in the same hospital that I work in now. I just graduated in May and let me tell you, school is nothing like the real world. Nursing is an extremely difficult profession and only certain people can be nurses. It's a tough job. I've wanted to be a nurse since I can remember, probably since about kindergarten. I love my choice of career even though it can be very stressful at times, most of the time, I still love it. I am very happy with my choice to be a nurse. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I can make a difference in many people's lives. Oh and by the way, do we have the same birthday???
  11. by   jeannet83
    leeca, good for you!! It's hard to break the mold sometimes.

  12. by   RNforLongTime
    I am the only nurse in my immediate family. I have a cousin on my Mom's side who is an RN, another cousin is a Dental Hygenist. An Aunt (by marriage) is an LPN. That's it.

    I work with a RN who has two daughters who are RN's and another is in RN school at this time. They all work in the same facility and two of them work in the same unit. They allow that in my hospital because neither one is supervising the other, So if one was a PCA then they wouldn't be allowed to work in the same unit as their Mother/sister RN
  13. by   Tweety
    I'm the first nurse in my family (we have very few college educated for that matter).

    I did inspire my sister to become a nurse. She said she never would have thought of it until I became a nurse first.