Survey: Have you ever encouraged anyone to go into nursing? - page 2

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  1. by   schrandt
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by HazeK
    [B]Yes, I have recommended Nursing as a profession!

    One way: by example!

    This is one of the best compliments a person can get. Years ago I worked my tail off (3-11 shift) trying to raise 4 kids after I separated. One young lady, a candy striper, enrolled in a university & earned her BSN. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it seemed she was so impressed that we influenced her decision. Her mom later told me the comment was she wanted to be just like me. Someone said--How humbling. Not only that, but when my nerves are shot and I want to snap it helps to remember that comment to keep my lips in line & my tongue behind my teeth, you never know who is listening and learning.
  2. by   ellie123
    yes- we need all the help we can get, right?
  3. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    Yes...I have encouraged my husband to go into nursing.....after being laid off from the Sept 11th disaster, he contemplated it, then he got called back to work (works for one of the major USA airlines) now nearly 1 year after the disaster his job is being threatened again due to this company farming out their business to Canada, for a lower pay rate, and no union either.
    So now he has been looking into different schools, and when he finally gets his lay off papers he will sign up for school, to enter a career field where his skills will always be needed and appreciated (well!!!!!! sometimes we are under appreciated)

    Thanks for letting me vent
  4. by   sbic56
    No, I don't encourage people I care about to go into nursing. If they have exhausted all other possible career avenues that they might have an aptitude or love for, perhaps, then I might consider suggesting nursing, if they seemed to be a fit for the profession. Nursing is a job that needs to really feel right to an individual, not one that can be vicariously experienced. I'd suggest being a CNA first to see if being a healthcare provider fits the personality, as there is so much more to nursing than meets the eye. I don't say it is not a viable career option; I say take your time when deciding on this career and don't necessarily expect it to be your last.
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i have not verbally encouraged my daughter but she tells me all the time she wants to be a nurse. she wrote a paper for a school requirement last year (9th grade then). she was asking me all kinds of questions about nursing. the day she got her grade on her paper, she showed it to me and she got 100-a!.

    she had written that she wanted to be a nurse because her mom was a nurse. before i could continue reading she said she had to explain something that she has written in her paper.

    she said that she did not want to be an lpn because she wants to go rigth to being an rn and for me not to be mad. bless her heart, i told her, her honesty was one of the things i have tried to instill in her and since i am going back for my rn, i was not offended. my daughter said that she wished i had become an rn in the begining so i could enjoy life a little more now.

    i have taken her to work with me several times and she said, you are good with your patients mom!

    i love you peaches! :kiss
  6. by   nightingale
    I voted yes... Maybe I missed something though Brian... what was the voting talley?

    BTW.... great pic! or is that discussed on another thread? tehehehe

  7. by   Fgr8Out
    I'm very encouraging with people who are studying Nursing...after all, they will be the one's caring for ME in my old age! Seriously, though, I have been encouraging with those who I feel truly have the desire to pursue a Nursing Career. However, when my fiancee asked me if perhaps he should consider Nursing... I was a bit reluctant to be encouraging...why, I'm not certain. I'm not sure he truly has the "stomach" for it, I suppose, although he is a tremendous human being.

    My daughter has gone to work with me on several "Take Your Daughter To Work Days"... she's pretty certain she does not want to become a Nurse (she says because she sees me working SO hard and..."you don't get many opportunities to take a lunch break, do you Mom?" ) She's a pretty bright girl. Besides... she's got her heart set on acting, engineering/drafting or Pharmacology (I'm sort of pushing her towards the Pharm.) and I certainly want her to do something she enjoys... not just something that puts food on the table and clothing on her back.

    As for me... I LOVE what I do and can't think of many other things I'd rather do... ok, cake decorating, catering, floral arranging, writing the great novel... but I can still do those and remain in this, my chosen Career.
  8. by   NancyRN
    I would encourage STRONG YOUNG MEN to go into nursing. I was one of those women who didn't have to work. I went to nursing school after my children were grown, with the idea that I'd do nursing on a volunteer basis "to make a difference".

    After graduating, I realized I have to stay on staff at a hospital just to keep my skills sharp. This is not something I want to do at my age. Even though I've always worked out and am in excellent shape physically, I just don't have the strength or the stamina for floor nursing at age 50. Even though there's nothing wrong with my MIND, I find that I can only work 2 days a week, which means I'll never have the seniority to move into something else.

    As for "making a difference": all I can say is, "HA!" When I see the COPD'ers hacking up their lungs during a smoke break, the people with CAD pissing and moaning about "needing a steak", and the people with diabetes sneaking candy after DIALYSIS because they've blown out their nephrons.....yea... I made a real difference, sure did....:chuckle

    Oh and volunteering? I found a free clinic that wants me to take blood pressures if I can drive an hour to get there (I do). Found opportunities to travel to dangerous third world nations IF I can raise thousands of $$$ to pay my own way there ( I can afford this only once a year). Unfortunately, that's about it.
    Last edit by NancyRN on Jul 26, '02
  9. by   Mattigan
    Yes, I have. Two of my former pediatric patients are nurses now.They cited the care they received from all the unit nurses as their inspiration. I have encouraged several CNA's to go to nursing school also. Maybe there is not that much $$'s but what other job can give you all the challenges and opportunities to make a difference for in people's lives?
  10. by   zudy
    Yes, I have. It makes me so sad to hear people say, well, I always wanted to be a nurse but........ I couldn't afford it, I was afraid I couldn't make the grades, I had to take care of the kids, etc. As irritated, tired and somestimes just plain angry about the way we are treated sometimes, I don't want to do anything else.I must be crazy, but I still love it!
  11. by   getbabygirl
    Yes, all the time. Sometimes I feel like I should be the recruiter for Sinclair! I encourage people of all races, ages, and genders but I also really try to push for more minority and male nurses!!
  12. by   getbabygirl
    Originally posted by getbabygirl
    Yes, all the time. Sometimes I feel like I should be the recruiter for Sinclair! I encourage people of all races, ages, and genders but I also really try to push for more minority and male nurses!!
    With God all things are possible!:kiss
  13. by   mattsmom81
    I am glad to talk to young people or others with an interest in nursing, but I am careful to not paint too rosey a it takes a lot of emotional and physical stamina to be a nurse intelligence, flexibility, dedication, and lots of body armour...LOL!

    I try to give an honest overview and pros and cons and let them take it from there. My good CNA's who enjoy what they do I also encourage to advance their education...many say they're not interested and just enjoy their CNA role, (wouldn't like nurse responsibilities) which is also wonderful!

    The toughest questionfor me is "Would you do it again."