Yes, I have. They were usually people who asked me lots of questions about nursing, were kind to people, and had good critical thinking skills. Three of them are now nurses, and loving it.
Jul 2, '02
Joined: May '02; Posts: 151; Likes: 2
I am not a nurse... but whenever anyone has asked my advice on the "career matter' They give me an idea of theres and when they do bring up nursing I will encourage it all the way.... even the boys the dudes and the men Mon Chere
Jul 3, '02
Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 14,833; Likes: 8,032
Yes I have. I'm proud of the nursing profession. It takes a lot of dedication, fortitude, and the love needed for our fellow mankind, to help them not have to suffer, but it's all worth the effort.
Jul 3, '02
Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 16,606; Likes: 680
Yes...I most certainly have! My middle child for one...who is a LPN today with plans to continue on in college for her RN. I have worked with many CNAs who are so impressed by nurses that they become nursing students. Also, as a former CNA Clinical Instructor, many of my former students were so impressed by what I had the opportunity to do as a RN, they wanted to become RNs too. I hope they have...the good ones anyway. :chuckle
When asked how I like nursing I've been known to brag it up on the flexability, self motivation involved and great feeling that it gives me. I've also been known to say "It keeps the macaroni and cheese on the table."
Jul 4, '02
Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 37
Yes, my husband watched me go through all the stress of nursing school & still be excited about the difference I could make in somone's life. Now, he has changed his major and is pursuing a career in nursing. I also keep trying to convince my best friend to change her major as well. She doesn't know it but she has all the qualities that I've seen in some of the best RNs, LPNs, & CNAs that I have had the pleasure of working with.
Jul 4, '02
Occupation: Plastic Surgery Nurse
Joined: Feb '02; Posts: 6
I hate to say it ....But I never have...
I have 3 daughters who I never pushed to become a nurse. They have seen me work too hard through the years .., and they didnt ever want to work as hard as Mom...
Can you blame them?????????? How sad.....
Jul 4, '02
Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 38,751; Likes: 16,271
I actually was told I inspired a patient to become a nurse the other day when I was caring for her. She is a person who comes "from money" and does NOT HAVE TO WORK, but wants to make a MEANINGFUL contribution to humanity (her words)... ....she always thought she "might" like to be an RN, but never felt "smart enough" to do it. I changed her mind and encouraged her that way. I hope to hear soon she is enrolled in classes at the college and that I will see her in clinical rotations in my unit very soon. I encourage people all the time to join our ranks if they are considering it.
We need them as much as they need us! But I don't ever lie or embellish things...they hear from me it is not easy and is very demanding physically, emotionally, and mentally. They can decide at that point whether it is for them.
Jul 4, '02
Occupation: a just a nurse contemplating the nature of my career.....
Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 2,344; Likes: 21
well, yes and no.........
when my husband got laid off last year for good and he then said after the shock of it all......i think i will try nursing.........
well, needless to say.....msk is not often at loss for words..........but thus far he has done it.....PN route.....
we shall see.........the rest is in the sequel.........(I don't think I got my point across about how hard nursing is and that people outside of the field do not realize this)
on the other hand, when people seriously ask me about nursing if they haven't started and are just fishing for ideas of careers.....I tell them what my sister in law told me years and years ago.....when i first went into nursing straight out of high school.........don't do it, I cannot explain because you have to be in it, but do not do it.........
but then if people have already made their decision clear to enter the health care profession and I meet them already into their course of study......to me this shows the drive and the beginning understanding of what it is going to take of and from them to do what it is that they are "called or calling themselves" to do.........so at that point.........I support them 120% with all that I have, by being honest with them, but without telling the horror stories, either legalistic or emotional stressors.............
and to any of you starting out in nursing, #1 be sure it is where you want to be.........because it does sorta grow on you like a fungus.................
#2 once you start the path, let no one, and i mean no one deflect you from the path that you have chosen and on going.............
#3 you can do it, there are mountains and there are valleys.....but medicine is truly an art and a science.................somedays.....we need more art and some days we need more science...................
and last......................If someone needs a word of encouragement, I am there.............
if no other belief system.......I believe that we are all in this world to help, support and encourage each other......but that is a whole 'nother thread and micro tangents off again.............:-)sorry
Jul 17, '02
Occupation: L&D RN
Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 425; Likes: 13
Yes, I have recommended Nursing as a profession!
One way: by example!
I work with THREE women who are nurses after having me as their labor and delivery nurse! (yes, this is very humbling to me)
Another way: by how I talk about nursing!
With peers in the breakroom: reality check, down & dirty,
With you all here: honestly, up front.
With non-nurses, esp youth: Point our the strengths and challenges, the rewards and the costs, etc...and let them know I wouldn't ever leave it!
Jul 17, '02
Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 489; Likes: 13
My son's girlfriend is considering nursing. After talking to her I told her how great nursing is. I am trying to talk my daughter into nursing, she plans on going to med school. I don't think it will work though, she's been saying she wants to be a doctor since she was 4 years old. If I see someone who I think would be a great nurse I always tell them. We need more good nurses.
Jul 17, '02
Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 974; Likes: 52
brian....i went to the main page and there was no poll....unless i missed it. everything under the link for discussions was blank.
of course i encourage ppl to become nurses...i LOVE what i do