Why did you become a nurse? - page 2

I'm going to be starting college soon, and I'm planning to have nursing as my major. I would just like to know from other nurses, what made you decide to become a nurse?... Read More

  1. by   Jas honey
    well i really have no idea why.....since i was a kid my mom was always saying i would be a nurse, i got nurse dolls and doctor kits and medical toys .......i guess i did it just coz it was expected of me? i was in future nurses club in high school, and all that jazz, was a nurse aid first, and somehow i came to think it was a 'noble' profession, and then decided it was cool to know things and care for people. now i do it because it is what i do, and after 23 years it is kinda hard to go in another direction. :/
  2. by   KRVRN
    for the money of course.
  3. by   2banurse
    The main reason I've decided to go back to school for nursing is that I want to connect with people. Too much of my life has been on the outside looking in, afraid of doing something wrong. Know what is worse? Doing nothing and finding 20 years of your life has past. When my mom was diagnosed with B -CA last spring (happily she is doing well), I realized that I stopped being an observer and start reaching out to people. Of course, there are other professions that you can "connect with" but I have always had that wanting to be a nurse...always...
  4. by   NurseGary
    The challenge! Because everyone said "the Waffle House Cook can't be a nurse" I guess I proved them wrong.
  5. by   NurseDianne
    Honestly? NOW don't gag......."because it was a profession I could be proud of". Really! I always thought nurses and doc's ranked right up there. And I still do. People look to us for help and comfort!
    And Gary.......well's he's a great nurse and a great cook now! Gotta love em"......
  6. by   K O'Malley
    Many centuries ago when I was making a decision about what to be the choices for women were few. I couldn't imagine being in a classroom all day with 30 rugrats or pounding a typewriter all day as a secretary. Working in a hospital just seemed so exciting and interesting. If I were a young woman today I would definitely choose something else but there have been positive aspects to my choice--lots of friends made at work over the years, working as much or as little as I like, never never being unemployed, and helping multitudes of people.
  7. by   Furball
    Originally posted by NurseGary
    The challenge! Because everyone said "the Waffle House Cook can't be a nurse" I guess I proved them wrong.
    Single mom meat wrappers in grocery stores can't be RN's either.


    I needed a quickie degree (associates) with an almost guarateed job at graduation. Helping people was a definite plus....just wish I had known about all the stumbling blocks....I truly was clueless!
  8. by   adrienurse
    It provides food for my soul. When I was 17, and had finished highschool everybody thought I should study litterature and become a writer. I thought to myself, okay that's what the world needs, another jobless academic! Besides, I thought, What am I going to write about? I haven't lived or seen anything. Nursing was what I knew about -- my Mom was a nurse manager and I knew all about the business of nursing through her. I consoled myself that, through nursing I would see what life and death were all about and I would never learn this elsewhere. I could still become a writer later.

    Well, ~10 years later, I love being a nurse. I am happy even if I never get published. Never say never though.