Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
I am curious though- with so much experience, education and success in other fields, why did you go into nursing?
Good question. Wanted to be a nurse since I was five (lotta years ago!) but my Dad felt it was "beneath" me. So I did premed and psych. Then he died and I was still in the "can't be a nurse" mode. Got my BA and a masters, and a license, etc. The license was in 1991.
Then I came to Texas after a divorce cleaned out every asset I ever thought I might have had. In the Dallas area, 2-3 years ago (and maybe now, but I'm not looking so I don't know), there just weren't any jobs that paid anything! A salary of $25,000 or less to put in a 50 hour week? Please! Even I am not that dedicated.
Then a friend's husband suggested she take the nursing entrance exams and she called me up to go too, because she didn't want to go alone. (She was also an unemployed therapist--now has a great job but it took her almost 2 years to get one!) I went at the drop of a hat, took the test, had an absolute blast (I love science and math), and scored extremely well. She, unfortunately, had never taken a math or science course and didn't do very well at all.
The then-director of the nursing school wanted to know why I hadn't applied and, since I didn't have much else going on in my life at the time, career-wise, I applied and was accepted conditionally dependent on getting A&P I&II and Micro done over the summer with at least C's in each. (My A&P was over 20 years old....
) I got B's across the board, got in and the rest is history.
Short question, long answer. Sorry. The short answer is also true: I have always wanted to be a nurse, and I have always functioned as a nurse in an informal way, the way we all do when we are "called."