Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 20
Ok, I'm a bit frustrated with all of these posts telling us that we shouldn't go into nursing because we need a job and steady income. Sure, I do like to help people, but I need a steady job even... Read More
Jul 3, '04Occupation: stylist Specialty: n/a ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 86; Likes: 15i can honestly agree with everything you said. i feel the same way mainly to let my kids be proud of me and to see myself in a good profession.Quote from wannablpn2005[font=lucida sans unicode]i am going in to nursing for several reasons. one being i had a good job and then got layed off..(lots of people have i know)
[font=lucida sans unicode]i have 3 kids to feed and clothe and a husband who works but makes a little above minimum wage. i always wanted to go to college but didn't have the resources but now i do thanks to financial aid and all of my dependents! so money is a factor, i won't lie. and it's one of the quickest programs to get through and start making some decent money! second, i truly want to help others and want a profession that i can be proud of and for my kids to be proud of me! i want to utilize my brain ..lol what little i have left, and hope to make some small yet significant differences in the lives of others. and on a more personal level i want to be a nurse in honor of my mom, who died of melanoma when i was 10. she wanted to be a nurse with all her heart and soul and never had the chance. i kinda feel like this is a way to make that happen for her through me. and as others have stated the flexibility nurses have, working only 3-4 days per week if you choose, job security, and moving anywhere and having a job! those are my reasons! :chuckle
Jul 28, '04Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 18; Likes: 3Quote from lizzsteady job and income are two reasons. The main reason is that when my daughter was 5 months old, she had to spend almost a week in the hospital for RSV. It was the most terrifing time in my life. The nurses that cared for her were so compasionate and helpful. After that, I knew that I wanted to be there for others the same as they were there for my daughter and me.Ok, I'm a bit frustrated with all of these posts telling us that we shouldn't go into nursing because we need a job and steady income. Sure, I do like to help people, but I need a steady job even more. So, I decided to post a poll to see if we can get some honest answers.
Jul 29, '04Occupation: Pediatric Nurse Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 329; Likes: 21Well it all started with my grandmother's decsion to become and LPN. Then my mom became an RN and met my dad who is a Paramedic. Needless to say wanting to help people and have a fulfilling career is in my blood!! I'm actually begining to think it's hereditary b/c my sister is talking about becoming a doctor. I come from a line of health care providers that enjoy their jobs. I was practically raised in a makeshift hospital. My grandmother and my mother would come home talking about patients and my dad would start in on how many lives he saved that day. Seeing what they do and hearing about all they go through at work just made me want to be a nurse even more. Sure I could go to med school but I want the one on one relationship nurses get with their patients that some doctor's don't get. I love helping people so why not get paid for what you love!!
Jul 29, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor ; From: TX, US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 5,001; Likes: 1,902Truthfully I want out of floor nursing. I am working on my BSN now hopefully in preperation for Law school. I would love to use my nursing experience to make a career in Law. I went into nursing for the money, honest and simple.
Jul 29, '04Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 8I am going into nursing because I love helping people, but my main reason is having a steady well-paying job. With today's economy and prevalent job layoffs, I believe nursing is the best option for me and my family.
Jul 29, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in Peds ; From: US ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 38; Likes: 4all of the reasons mentioned...
to help people
steady income with growth potential (i've hit the ceiling with what i do now)
portability (they need nurses everywhere, and we want to relocate)
to give something back
to do something more fullfilling that what i am doing now
i like being a student
to try to make a difference
can wear pajamas to work ;-)
Jul 29, '04Occupation: Full time student Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 700; Likes: 13Quote from txspadequeen921I worked on-call in a hospital for a little while and I still remember the first day of orientation, we were introduced to a Nurse Attorny. I forgot what she was talking about but she sort of stick in my mind being a Nurse Attorny.Truthfully I want out of floor nursing. I am working on my BSN now hopefully in preperation for Law school. I would love to use my nursing experience to make a career in Law. I went into nursing for the money, honest and simple.
Jul 29, '04Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 188; Likes: 15i always wanted a job where my i could constantly be learning and using my incredibly enormous brain (LOL).
seriously....i didn't want a job that would become boring.
there are sooooo many specialities in nursing and sooooooo many jobs in nursing.
i like coming home after a long day of work and knowing that i DID something. it's an honorable profession.
and i like those cute little outfits we get to wear...jusssst kidding!
Jul 30, '04Occupation: 911 Operator/Paramedic Joined: May '04; Posts: 4Looking back it seems inevitable that I would go into nursing. Pay issues aside I've always been involved in public safety/helping professions starting with my First Aid merit badge at age 12. What other type of job matters so much?
I would say the prime reason is personal satisfaction. I'm familiar with the work in general and imagine I'll be successful and happy in it.
Jul 31, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in ER, CCU, LTAC ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 133; Likes: 4Quote from twarliksame here!!!!i'm becoming a nurse because i want to help people. it's just that simple. and that's the whole truth.
in addition to that, my grandmother had alzhiemer's disease and i saw how she was neglected in the facility were she was before she died...i said to my self "i can't change every nurse but atleast there will be one that has compassion and cares about their job!!!
Jul 31, '04Joined: Jun '01; Posts: 101Because I love medicine and didn't have enough faith in myself when I was younger that I was smart enough to major in it!
Aug 1, '04Occupation: CTICU RN Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 444; Likes: 7Nursing was an easy degree for me because I love science and already have a degree in marine bio and minor in chemistry.
I want to make above average money so I don't have to stress over finances. I can't lie when I tell you guys that I hear that 'cha-ching' at the end of the nursing school tunnel. I am tired of living paycheck to paycheck as a poor biologist in a public health lab.
I want to be proud of what I do!
I don't want to work 5 days a week when I have kids.
Nursing jobs are found in every city in the USA. I can up and move whenever I want and know there will be a job for me.
I want to know how to take care of friends/family in the event of an emergency. I also want to be able to take care of my mom, who has MS, when she is old and possibly disabled.
I want to take care of other people and help improve their quality of life!
Flexibility!!! I do the SAME thing day after day, week after week, month after month.....you get the point. After 4 years, I am just plain BORED. In nursing you can stay in the same profession and still do a million different things. Do you know any nurse who has had the SAME job for 30+ years?
That's all, folks!
Mar 6, '05Occupation: a clinical instructor Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 10Quote from lizzI hear you. Ditto on that one.
i don't think it bad to think about how much you would earn while working these days.
its pretty hard out there... and the standards of living are ever increasing.