Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 3
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
May 21, '04Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 13,019; Likes: 36,513Quote from lizzYep. Like I said, I'm going into nursing in order to help women breastfeed. I've already been doing it on a volunteer basis already for the last five years.Ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.
May 21, '04Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 13,019; Likes: 36,513Quote from lizzNo, a mother of two.I'm assuming you're a male student?
May 21, '04Specialty: 18 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 1,298; Likes: 302For me, I had reoccuring dreams of disasters where I was the only one standing and everyone was lying on the floor hurt! And I didn't know the first thing to do to help! I was in california and was always terrified of earthquakes. It took me years to even find and do a first aid and cpr class and that helped. I can honestly say it wasn't the money for me, after 3 years of trying to get into the second a&p class the school req i was accepted into lvn and here i am-years later hoping to finish up the rest soon. The dreams did go away by the way!
May 21, '04Occupation: SAHM, pre-med student, potential world leader Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 1,172; Likes: 12Quote from lizzif i was independently wealthy....yesOk, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.
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May 21, '04Occupation: Staff Nurse Specialty: CCU ; Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 129; Likes: 5[QUOTE=llg]That may be true for you, but it is not true for me. Most of my educational choices have been based on what I wanted to learn rather than what I thought would be most marketable. I had many opportunities to pursue education that would lead to higher paying, more prestigious jobs, but I chose nursing voluntarily -- not because I had no other options. I am not the kind of person who wants to spend my life working in a job "primarily for the money." If I don't believe in what I am doing, I tend to get very grouchy -- to the point where I do not perform. I could believe in nursing -- believe that it is a good use of my talents.
I got my PhD just because I wanted to, not with any specific job in mind. After 5 years in a PhD program, I ended up in a job that only required a Master's -- almost identical to the one I left to go back to school -- and I have never regreted it. I make the same amount of money today as I would had I not gone back to school again for that 3rd nursing degree.
For me, learning and growing as a person is just a way of life. I wouldn't want to live any other way. If I won the lottery, I would probably drop down to part time -- but only to give myself time to take some classes just for fun.
WoW, you're edumucated huh?
Sounds like me, except my main draw to higher education is that I am a bit of an intellectual snob. I like being the smartest one in the room.
May 21, '04Occupation: RN - Operating Room (and prn at a hemodialysis clinic) Joined: Feb '03; Posts: 1,190; Likes: 11Job security. A decent job where I feel like I make a difference in peoples lives...not just a "worker bee" for some very rich executives. Plus, I always wanted to be either a nurse or a doctor while I was growing up. Always had a keen interest in medicine. So there ya go.
May 21, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 1,008; Likes: 12[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
May 21, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 4,763; Likes: 843Quote from AmyLizJob security. A decent job where I feel like I make a difference in peoples lives...not just a "worker bee" for some very rich executives.
Funny- As a nurse, I have often felt exactly like a "worker bee for very rich executives"!
May 21, '04Occupation: RN - Operating Room (and prn at a hemodialysis clinic) Joined: Feb '03; Posts: 1,190; Likes: 11Quote from Hellllllo NurseGranted. I thought about that after I posted. But at least as a nurse you do make a difference in other people's lives in ADDITION to working your butt off for very rich executives! :chuckleFunny- As a nurse, I have often felt exactly like a "worker bee for very rich executives"!
May 21, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 38; Likes: 3Quote from lizzI love my job that I have right now. I literally mean that I am happy to go to work everyday....but the problem is, I work for a cruise line. Every hour of my day is spent making sure our guests get what they want: green grapes instead of purple every morning, caviar every evening, a table in the dining room that doesn't have any noise, a cabin that will not move in rough seas (yeah right), a pink carpet instead of blue, free upgrades left and right upon demand, etc etc.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.
1) So as much as a love my job, I can't help but be internally unhappy that I am doing very little to make a difference in this world. All I do is keep rich people happy. Sometimes their demands make me want to say "How can you be so upset about something so minor when there are people suffering and dying and being abused or tortured at this very moment?"
2) When my family members are sick I take care of them because I want to.
3) Also, another defining moment was when we had our infamous Northridge earthquake in 1994, I found it astounding that I was the only person on the entire block that kept my cool and didn't run around like a headless chicken. I was the one knocking down doors and going in to search for people in their apartments to make sure everyone was okay. I was the one gathering up their cats and dogs and taking them to safety. Everyone else, all 100 of them or so, didn't know what to do, even the doctor down the street was panicking. They were all asking me what to do, and counting on me to keep them safe during the aftershocks. Later, I was commended by the local fire station for my actions.
I was only 16 years old at the time.
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May 21, '04Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 501; Likes: 67I need a job, and a steady income. Seriously. Anyone who says different isn't telling the whole truth.
May 21, '04Occupation: SRNA Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in CVICU ; Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 666; Likes: 6I was working towards med school but my heart was not into it and my grades showed it. I was not sure it was what I really wanted to do. I grew up only knowing Dr, lawyer and CEO as job options. I had my son while taking pre reqs for med school and realized there was no way I could commit my life to medicine and give up so much time with my son.
I then spent two years doing inside sales for dot coms and now a large software company. After a year, I realized I hated sales and felt horrible leaving my son everyday in daycare and working on making a CEO's pocket fatter. I hated that my son had a horrible time in daycare and I was required to be at work 40 hours a week (I am a single mom). I decided a career change was in place. I also looked at getting a law degree and doing negotiating and maybe an MBA but all that was boring. I started looking at medicine again but other options instead of MD. I looked at PA, PT and Rad Tech. I went to dinner with some old high school friends almost two years ago. One was a CRNA and the other a SNRA. They told me all about nursing and anesthesia. They also told me about what the loved about their careers.
I went home half pissed that I had spent a year looking at programs and did not even think of nursing! I started researching and shadowing nurses and was hooked. I had a low GPA in undergrad (lack of motivation and too much beer :chuckle ) and after the first semester of pre reqs talked to and advisor and she mentioned how competitive it was to get in now. I buckled down and finished my last pre req a few weeks ago with all A's. I am waiting for an acceptance letter from the school (should have a response by the end of June). I even have a second choice school (if I don't make it at the first )
This is the first time in my life I felt I knew what I wanted to do. I did it for...
1. Job stability (I have watched countless people lose jobs or salary in IT)
2. Flexibility - now I have holidays and weekends to work but I also can do my job in 3 days instead of 5. All I know is it will be nice to see my son off to school at least two days a week and be home with him after school. I see him off to latch key and before care now.
3. Job diversity - I can hate software sales but it is super hard now to go into some other type of sales. The quotas suck and it is not FULFULING at all. With nursing if I hate med/surge, I can do OB, NICU, PICU, ICU, Oncology, school, camp...nursing. I should be able to find something I like right
4. Pay = is pretty equal what I was making
5. Job advancement/clear career path - I have more options to move on up the food chain in nursing...Administration, more school with NP or CRNA. At my current job I would have to move to get to outside sales and I HATE IT!
6. More school- I can do more school part time while working or if I do CRNA it would be 2.5 more years w/o working...compared to MD, I liked CRNA plan
7. Even if I don't go advanced practice...see # 3
8. But should be #1...If I am going to have to work and be away from my son, it better be worth it on some level. I didn't want to be 65 and retire and think...wow, what a career, I helped Xyz Company make a better video game...
I maybe changing apples for oranges (in fact I know I am) and if I get into it and hate it...I can just change careers again
May 21, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20Quote from hyperstudentGoodness, let me clarify this for all of you who are fortunate enough to already have money. I am talking about people in my situation, the poor people:chuckle So puhleeease exclude yourself from my comment. Better?Sorry, but it is true. My house and car are paid for. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, and he makes damn good money . I do not have to work. I am going to be a nurse because there is something within my heart that has told me to follow my dream. And that my friend IS the whole truth.