Top 15 Reasons to go into Nursing

  1. So, what would be good reasons to go into nursing?

    I heard one is if you like to deal with people at their worse.

    Edited: At their most vulnerable*
    Last edit by Crystal112 on Apr 10, '10
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  3. by   Peetz
    You get to meet the most interesting people. Not at their worst, but at their most vulnerable.
  4. by   RPN_2012
    well i'm not a nurse yet, i'll be starting ns in sept. but this is why i'm going into nursing.

    1. you want to make a difference in people's lives. you want to help people.
    2. you enjoy science, a&p, patho, and all the thing having to do with the human body and beyond
    3. you want to be challenged and learn new things everyday.
    4. you want to have a meaningful role in society, even if not all realize this, you will know this.
    5. you get to play with all kinds of interesting gadgets and machines.
    6. the pay is decent, and if you have benefits they're decent too. (this varies by geo.loc., but more or less, it's decent)
    7. you can have flexible schedules/vacations. (yes, however, you will have to work some wknds/holidays)
    8. there are so many specialties that if you ever get bored or tired of one you can switch.
    9. you can advance a lot, you can get more education and become a clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, crna (in us), np or just very specialized in one particular specialty.
    10. you get to work in comfy shoes and comfy uniforms! yay!
    11. you get to be part of people's most difficult or happiest times, most intimate times, you will be there.
    ...and the list goes on and on. i'm sure each nurse/student will have a bunch of things to add to it...

    i love this poem, i have it on my wall

    [font=verdana, arial, georgia, sans-serif]being a[font=verdana, arial, georgia, sans-serif] nurse[font=verdana, arial, georgia, sans-serif] means...

    [font=verdana, arial, georgia, sans-serif] you will never be bored.
    you will always be frustrated.
    you will be surrounded by challenges.
    so much to do and so little time.
    you will carry immense responsibility
    and very little authority.
    you will step into people's lives
    and you will make a difference.
    some will bless you.
    some will curse you.
    you will see people at their worst...
    and at their best.
    you will never cease to be amazed
    at people's capacity for
    love, courage, and endurance.
    you will see life begin...and end.
    you will experience resounding triumphs
    and devastating failures.
    you will cry a lot.
    you will laugh a lot.
    you will know what it is to be human
    and to be humane.


    nurse::redpinkhe
  5. by   Nascar nurse
    Mia13...I have that poem on my bedroom wall as well. Many days I never even notice it, some days I glance over at it and every now and then, I really have to study it to remind myself why I do what I do.

    You are a nursing student and I have been a nurse for 25 years. We are worlds apart in experience, but, you are on the right track. There are lots of really good reasons to be a nurse.. some days it just gets lost in all the daily crap!

    Best of luck to you & keep this poem with you for a long time to come. You will need the reminder some day as well. Thanks
  6. by   Jameslovestravel
    Sorry to get off topic but how about actually getting a job these days? Any advice!
  7. by   asfreeasabird
    1. You will learn to see everyone as an equal...everybody is equal sick in a hospital gown
    2. You will have a bladder that is like a 50gallon drum
    3. You will be able to watch medical dramas and be able to laugh at the dramatic parts
    4. You will be able to talk about stool while eating
    5. You will spend holidays potluck style in the breakroom
    6. You will sign checks with RN after your name
    7. You will hear monitor alarms as you are nearly asleep at night
    8. You will have a new respect for people 65or older
    9. You will learn 30years old abdominal pain usually comes with a high does of opiates
    10. You will be able to read many styles of physician hand writing (a skill they just don't teach in nursing school)
    11. You will learn how to speak quickly to physicians before they lose interest and hang up
    12. You will learn how to hit squiggley little veins on cute old ladies
    13. You will have a new respect for people who are twice your age and doing the same job
    14. You will learn to have a calm poker face for whiney, or agressive patiens
    15. You will learn to have a sense of humor about the nursing that you do

    Nursing has been an adventure...some days we call it "high adventure nursing" I knew I never wanted a desk job and most days I feel satisfied with the work I have done.
  8. by   RPN_2012
    Quote from Nascar nurse
    Mia13...I have that poem on my bedroom wall as well. Many days I never even notice it, some days I glance over at it and every now and then, I really have to study it to remind myself why I do what I do.

    You are a nursing student and I have been a nurse for 25 years. We are worlds apart in experience, but, you are on the right track. There are lots of really good reasons to be a nurse.. some days it just gets lost in all the daily crap!

    Best of luck to you & keep this poem with you for a long time to come. You will need the reminder some day as well. Thanks
    That's so sweet, thank you!

    The funny thing is I read what you experienced nurses write about the bad days, all the struggles and all the things you go through, and surprisingly I still want to be a nurse. I've heard so much things that are supposed to make me reconsider my choice, but for some reason I don't. Maybe it's meant to be, maybe it is a "calling" hmm.. I wonder why I heard it only 2 years ago, and not like some people who wanted to be a nurse since childhood.
  9. by   RPN_2012
    Quote from asfreeasabird
    1. You will learn to see everyone as an equal...everybody is equal sick in a hospital gown
    ....
    Nursing has been an adventure...some days we call it "high adventure nursing" I knew I never wanted a desk job and most days I feel satisfied with the work I have done.

    I had "a desk job" , my parents convinced me it was the way to go, so I did and I was bored, and unhappy. After being laid off, I was lost and doing a lot of soul searching... thinking I chose the wrong career path and trying to figure out what to do next... and I couldn't.
    Then I just told myself to give myself a break, to stop asking or telling and just listen, it should come to me... and a couple of days after not thinking about it, I woke up with a clear thought in my mind that said "nurse" and it felt right, it felt like I was drawn to it or something. After that morning I spend months "testing" myself trying to figure out if this is for real, trying to see if I would change my mind... time kept passing and nothing changed, it just feels right. I will be a RN no mode "desk job" for me. So I started on my pre-reqs. and applied, passed my admissions test, got an offer, confirmed it and will be starting NS in Sept. I think it is my calling. :redpinkhe Sometimes I wish I've gone this way right outta high school, I would be done NS right now, but anyway I'm just glad I found this, and it feels right.
  10. by   foralltherightreason
    I only have one and this is my personal one. Because it's all you ever wanted to do, and you haven't been happy with any other job, even though the money was good. Because all you really want to do is take care of people that need your help because the compassion is there.

    I was a real estate agent and my husband still is and we pulled down over $100k in our good years, but I wasn't happy because it wasn't what I wanted to do. So, I quit my job and went back to school at 33 years old. Fortunately, my husband wants whatever makes me happy.

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