Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 4

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   wonderbee
    It just seems natural to me. It has always seemed natural to me. Even way back when there was no shortage and female nurses were relegated to wearing caps and dresses, I seemed to just fit into the medical mold and nursing was the option. Everything else I ever did was second choice or no choice. At 49, there have been a lot of other everythings.
  2. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from klone
    Money isn't everything.
    True, but...it is very important to those of us who are struggling financially as single parents. Money to support our kids is VERY important.
  3. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    Funny- As a nurse, I have often felt exactly like a "worker bee for very rich executives"!
    Yeah, it's true. I have no delusions about that aspect of the profession.

  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from AmyLiz
    Granted. 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! :chuckle

    I agree with you.
  5. by   Patrick71
    Love to help people, job security, pays well, OPTIONS, set a good example for my kids. Also, I'm a glutton for punishment.
  6. by   Sheri257
    Quote from klone
    Money isn't everything.
    Yeah, well, you tend to say that when you have money and are employed.

    But when you're broke and unemployed, money IS everything.

    I speak from experience. I've done both.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 21, '04
  7. by   BabyRN2Be
    Honestly, the pay is great compared to what I'm doing right now and I'll actually have less work. As a doula working in L&D, it's a very rare birth that I'm NOT on my feet for the duration of labor. The last birth I did was 18 hours. The nurse was in there on occasion, probably spent 1 hour total with my client, she got a break, and she got to sit down at least while charting! Yes, I know, she did have other patients to tend to, but she got to sit down a whole lot more than I did, and she made more money than I did! I really don't have anything against her, because she was absolutely awesome... she did say that I made her job easier. Anyhow, that's one of my reasons.

    Secondly, you can't open a newspaper and not find a job for a nurse. One of our local hospitals hasn't had a job opening in other areas (food services, clerical, etc) in months, but they always have about 15 nursing jobs open. Can't beat that job security.

    Someone asked earlier if we'd do the same thing if we didn't get paid. I've already done that as a doula! Yes, I know. It's NOT the same thing as nursing, nurses have more responsibilities. But if I was working in L&D, I would absolutely love it. It's a job that I'm really drawn to and have been all my life.

    Now if only I could get into school.
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from lizz
    .........But when you're broke and unemployed, money IS everything.

    I speak from experience. I've done both.

    I've been both dirt poor, on the verge of homelessness, and well off, as I am now. My dh has done well, and I don't have to work.

    I work because I want to maintain a degree of independence, and I enjoy many aspects of nursing, despite the problems. I tried being a stay-at-home-non-mom. What a bore!

    However, that fact that I don't need to earn a salary does not mean that I will work "cheap" or that I don't do all that I can to insure that I am earning a fair and equitable wage.

    When I first became a nurse, I put up with bad treatment from employers, because I had to. I needed a paycheck to survive. Now that that isn't an issue, I've been freed up to persue a working environment where I can actually give good care, and am treated fairly.

    No matter what the reasons are that nurses chose nursing, or why they stay, all nurses are obligated to provide the best care they can, and deserve fair compensation for doing so.
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    Secondly, you can't open a newspaper and not find a job for a nurse.

    Not true in my area. There is a surplus of nurses here. Many weeks the only nursing ads in the paper are for jobs in other cities, or out of the state.

    Whenever my employer runs an ad, we aways get way more nurses applying than we have jobs for.
  10. by   HisTreasure
    Ok. Honest, candid answers.

    I am going into nursing because:

    1. Security.
    As much as I love my husband and I anticipate no end to our marriage, the truth is I have children and I can not depend on a man to take care of me and my children. God forbid he can no longer support us (death, illness, divorce, etc.) I still have to provide for my brood by having a secure career.

    2. Family Tradition/Inherited?
    My mother, two aunts, two cousins, and a sister are all LPNs. My love for healthcare evolved totally seperate from their influence, however, it just seems right and natural.

    3. Money and Career Advancement.
    Nursing is a diversified and ever-changing field. Get tired or burnt out in one area, move to another. Plus, with so many different programs now available online, it is easy to continue your education while working... and nursing is unique as almost all employers will pay you to better yourself and further your education.

    4. Excitement.
    That adrenaline rush I've heard so much about. Every day you get up and go to work you will encounter something new. While your daily activities may be repetitive you will always meet a new person, deal with a never-before-seen ailment, learn more about yourself.

    5. Planning for the future.
    I don't plan on remaining in NY forever. When I relocate (hopefully to AZ) I want to be able to get a job. Nursing is an expendible (sp?) skill that can be practiced and is needed EVERYWHERE!

    6. Love for people.
    I love to care for people, especially sick people. My dream is to deliver babies (midwifery) but in the meantime I do not mind working in LTC or anywhere else. If one person I treat leaves feeling better not only physically but also emotionally because of me, then I have served my purpose for being born.

    I hope no one thinks I'm shallow, I am just being practical. (NO pun intended).
  11. by   madamewalker
    I felt highly compelled to post to this thread. Nursing is not my calling. I hadn't blinked an eye at it until my "significant other" told me how much his sister made last year. I am definitely a disgruntled IT drone, and the rate at which those and other jobs are flowing overseas is enough to make me nervous, enough for me to seek out a career, a profession, that will allow me to provide for my family while realizing a significant degree of pride in what I do. Both are equally important to me as a mother raising a daughter whom I want to have every possibility available to her and every bit of pride in mom's accomplishments, to foster a similar sense of accomplishment in her, no matter what she chooses.

    Enter Nursing. And for me, I don't think I will be stopping until CRNA status. The idea of being independently wealthy appeals to me strongly. Right now, I also like the idea of the degree of interaction with other human beings that Nursing offers. One might realize that doesn't really happen in Cubicle Land where I'm from. :stone :stone :stone I do also highly value the idea that I would be able to affect someone's life in a positive way by what I say or do.

    But uh, yeah. It's mostly about the money.
  12. by   fourblessings
    ummmmm..the number 1 reason is for the moola...

    second would be cause i'm a nurse to my 4 kiddos and my big baby husband, so why not get paid for it? :uhoh21:

    third is satisfaction of helping others (well...hopefully) :imbar
  13. by   madamewalker
    Amen to ALL the folks but especially mothers out there with their minds on providing ... mentally, physically, emotionally and FINANCIALLY ... to us its all the same and if we can find a way to contribute to the lives of our families and possibly better the lives of the people that we provide care to ... its a NATURAL calling! Someone else already said above, and I agree: Why not get paid for it?