Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 34

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   reeta116
    I want to be a nurse because i have always been interested in the human body and how it works. I like to help people, and that makes me feel good to help other people. I like the fact that there is so many different things that you could do with a nursing degree, and last because i do not have time to go to school to be a doctor so i will just be a nurse.:redpinkhe
  2. by   cmonkey
  3. by   S22006
    I'm starting nursing school in the fall, and I have wanted to do this for years due to the kindness and compassion that nurses have had for my family during difficult times (father having quadruple bypass, etc.). I'm excited and happy to give back to the community!
  4. by   JBGC4
    This post is OLD!!! lol

    I went into nursing b/c I want to be a good role model for my daughter. I'm also a realist. Marriages don't always last forever. I hope mine does and I think it will, but that is a HUGE gamble for a woman w/ two children. Protection.
  5. by   Donald11
    I'm going into nursing because of the relatively good pay, the job security, and the option of choosing from dozens of different career paths. Many people think that as a nurse you just get stuck in some sweat shop style hospital where you work 12 hour shifts and get worked like a slave, but that is hardly the case. There are SO MANY paths for nurses.
  6. by   DolceVita
    Honestly I was in medical school years ago and was too sick to complete it. Went into another industry did well blah blah blah. Several years ago I had an acute illness and was in ICU for about a month, then step down for a wee while longer. That made me decide to go to nursing school.

    What I learned was that nurses were not remotely what I had assumed (I won't say what I assumed -- suffice to say that it wasn't respectful). The critical care and step down nurses were truly impressive, smart and knowledgeable. Also, much more autonomous that I had ever imaged. Now as I meet more nurses I am glad I have chosen to switch back into the medical field as a nurse.
  7. by   2blessings
    My reasons:

    Job security and flexibility
    Good to great pay (depending on specialty)
    Last edit by 2blessings on Jul 12, '10 : Reason: typo
  8. by   css62
    Initially, I agree, it was all about the money and the job securtiy. I had been laid off from a factory job I really liked. I needed the shortest possible course of action that still would give me as good an income as I made in factory and more stability. I grew up wanting to be a teacher. Never acheived that. So I checked at the local community college and was told about nursing program. I was never really interested in nursing because I believe in holism, I really thought it would become a conflict of interest. I have decided to combine my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher with the stability of nursing. I am getting my ADN which will hopefully pay my way thru til my MSN which will allow me to teach nursing. So, while yes I began this journey for the money (afterall, how many of us would be going into nursing for 7.25 an hour) and for the security, I am sticking to it because I really want to teach nursing. I am hoping that I can introduce holism into whatever setting I end up in. It is also an up and coming modality so I hope to be able to incorporate it into my teaching as well.
  9. by   trae55
    The schedule is great for moms (3 day a week work schedule).

    The pay isn't great (it'll be a paycut for me), but it's good pay if you want to work part-time or prn. I may need to do that in the future.

    I've wanted to be a nurse since high school many, many years ago. I've never been able to quite put my finger on why. I think it's a variety of reasons-it's an important profession, the medical field interests me, I'm a people person, and I like the idea of being able to help my family/friends.
  10. by   kk83
    I'm actually terrified to go into the field of nursing .

    The reasons I'm doing it are to challenge myself and prove that I can, to help people in need, to have security in a job for now and the future, the flexibility to change specialties or areas, that days will never be exactly the same, that I'll get to meet many types of people and that I'll learn how brave I am somewhere in the process .
  11. by   CareerChangeMom
    I am going into nursing because I can be a wife and a mom and not have to travel for work. At 27 yrs old, working in construction I made $89,000/year working 9-5pm lunch at noon every freaking day. i'm not the type of person to sit all day looking at schedules. I have a husband and a son who are the most important people in my life and yes i want to have my cake and eat it. I want to have my family and have a career. So this is why I am going into nursing. No, its not all about the money, believe me, I have made more and I really hate it when people say "oh is it the money?" What money? I've made the money and i was not happy. I want my family!
  12. by   I_love_yoga
    i would have to say yes money does play a large factor; put there are other reasons like having a profession that is a source of pride, knowing that you affect lives in a way that very few others outside of the health care field do, be cause i know (personally) this is the person i am
  13. by   anonymousstudent
    Quote from Sheri257
    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.

    I agree!!!!!!!! My school has actually been really practical about it. My SIL said that in her program, teachers were always talking about how you HAD to have this enourmous passion and desire for nursing or it wouldn't work. Puh-leeze. :P I like helping people too. Don't get me wrong. But I'm not looking to be a volunteer.