Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 27

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

  1. by   Christian_SN
    1. primary care-giver of my father until is death (dec 1, 2002). my father was 45 yrs old when i was born ... he always had heart problems ... being a RN was written in stone before i was born. hee hee

    2. education is a must in my family (for my father)

    3. cardio/ccu is the only type of rn i want to be

    4. money comes and goes ... i make the same pay-check ... if i do not care or do care for my patients... i want to make the most of my time FOR my patients ... rn_s rep has gone down hill ... i want to bring care back into nursing
    Last edit by Christian_SN on Dec 27, '05
  2. by   Peglatt
    from a nurse of 38 years(yes I still work) I don't know
  3. by   SinfulCNA27
    Quote from lizz
    ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? seriously.

    that's exactly what i mean. i am not above volunteering my time for worthy causes. and yes i enjoy helping other people, that without my help would be lost. but i also want to get paid for it!!! (and get paid a decent salary too). i volunteer at my local library...but i need a job also. a steady one. and being paid a good wage. to support my family. nursing is the best fit for me. i can do what i am trained to do/what i love and get paid to do it. whats the problem?

  4. by   sasparilla
    I don't think that wanting a job that has decent pay and is relatively stable is anything to be ashamed of. We all have to live somehow, and for those who are fortunate enough to be fulfilled with a calling that pays crappy are very fortunate indeed. Me, I need to be practical. I'm a divorced single mom who needs to provide for my children. I don't see anything wrong with that. I've worked in the medical area before, was a Med Tech in the lab. That was fine but the pay scale and the opportunities were limited. Nursing seems like a better fit for me, there are many different types of nursing to pursue and so far what I've had in clinicals makes me think that I will be good at it. Any job is difficult at times, the main thing is to like it more often than not. Sometimes I'm scared when I'm in clinicals, but I bet the greatest and most seasoned nurses were too when they first started. So I know I can get there too.
  5. by   shomelggs
    I have wanted t o be a nurse since I was your girl. But after shigh school I went into accounting. This was a very good job but i wasn't happy. I have several family member get sick and pass away with the last 5 years. I was there to help and realized that this is what I need to be doing.

    Taking care of those people that care for themselves. The thought of knowing that you have made a difference at the end of the day is a very rewarding experience.

    If you are going into nursing for just the money then this is not the profession for you. With this job you get emotionally attached and it means more that money at the end of the day.

    It is because you enjoy helping and making a difference.
    This is priceless
  6. by   SunshineBaby
    I never grew up wanting to be a nurse. In fact, I wanted to be a lawyer and have a degree in Criminal Justice. When I got pregnant with my daughter I suffered through bouts of pre-term labor, eventually being hospitalized at 7 months on complete bed rest for the duration of my pregnancy. It was a very scary and lonely time. The nursing staff got me through it and I knew then that this was God's way of showing me what I was meant to do.

    BSN student
    Future CNM
  7. by   LovelyOne
    To be absolutely honest about this I would have to say that there are several reasons I want to go into nursing. I too have a family, so the most important thing for me is to make sure that I can provide for that family. Everybody knows that it takes money to do that. I also want stability, benefits, and job security. There are too many jobs out there that are not lasting. Second, I have always wanted to be in the healthcare field. I truly do love to help people. So, that would make for a great reason to choose nursing as a career. I don't want a job, I want a career. Third, I chose nursing because it happens to be a career choice that will always be in demand. We all know how the economy works. It's very topsy turvy so to speak. I need something that I can count on. Yes, the nursing home I may work at could close, but I could find another job in no time. I would tell anybody, when choosing your career and figuring out what it is you like to do, try to keep it in line with something that you believe would never be fazed out. Just about everything, if not everything, in the health field will be needed all the time. And finally, I chose nursing because I do believe that I will love doing it. It will make me happy to know that I am making a difference everyday and helping someone in some way.
    I do not believe that choosing any career for money is wrong. We all have to survive somehow and it does take money, like it or not, but outside of that there should be something that you like about it, especially in nursing. It can not just be for that sole purpose. Like I said I have a family to support, just so happens that I want to do nursing and they make quite a bit of money too. God bless you all!
  8. by   MMARN
    Quote from lizz
    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.

    A few honest answers:

    1. God wants me to do this. If it weren't for Him, I would not have been able to get into nursing school. And those who know me, know I'm telling the truth.
    2. I desperately want to do this. The science of it interests and fascinates me. Our anatomy is something that was created to be studied and to be helped.
    3. I love people. I love to see them smile and to make them laugh. I love the pool of personalities in which we live. Everyone is different; whether it be a subtle smile or a flamboyant personality, we are all different and amazing.
    4. I would love to have a steady income for the rest of my life and the knowledge to help anyone in need.
    5. I love nursing! The stress, the help, and the rewards that comes between the poop. (If you know what I mean. )
  9. by   LadyEJ BSN, RN
    To get into a CRNA program
  10. by   Atl_John
    Since we are being honest. I hope I don't get beaten for my answer. So I can get into PA school. That is my sole reason. I just want to get into PA school so I can do Orthopedic or Vascular surgery.
  11. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from chrisg0705
    help people
    to not have to work five days a week.
    to not have fifteen e-mails from fifteen different people about something you have already taken care of but they can't find where they put your work
    to not have files waiting on my desk that five different people want done five different ways
    to not sit at a computer all day
    to make more money
    to get paid based on seniority rather than have a manager that gives raises to her favorites
    need I go on?
    No need to go on....that would be what I would have written, except don't forget the part about at the end of the day, who really cares? What difference did any of it make in the long run?!?!

    One additional item I hadn't thought of until we had an orientation with a group of nurses yesterday, was PAID OVERTIME!! In my salaried position, whether we work 35 or 65 hours a week makes no difference on the 1st and 15th when the paycheck hits the bank!!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    1) I like healthcare, and anything medical-related.

    2) I like the idea that there are so many specialities to choose from

    3) I can pick up and work practically anywhere.

    Money isn't a factor to me.
  13. by   LovesGreyhounds
    This is what I'm struggling with - a high paying job right now but still something in my gut tells me to still go for Nursing. I think all of it when I think why I want to continue with my pre-reqs - helping people, a good paying job, never boring, lots of opportunities, always fascinated by medicine, etc.