Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 5

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   Tony35NYC
    Why feel bad about about the money? There aren't too many people out there who would get up and go to work everyday if they knew beforehand that they won't be paid for it? But I dont think most nurses stick with the profession just because of the money. Despite the high stress and hospital politics, I think we love what we're doing.
  2. by   LilStudent
    I'm going into nursing for two reasons: 1) So that I, as a single mom, can provide a decent life for my little boy. I currently make $12.20/hour with 3 years of experience working as an Insurance Underwriter. I will make more than that as a new nurse. 2) Because there are endless opportunities available for furthering education and trying different specialties. There's lots of variety in nursing. Right now I think I want to work L&D or Mother/Baby, but that could change once I get out of school.
  3. by   Stitchie
    I went into nursing because I also wanted a steady, secure, well paying job that wouldn't bore me to death. Previously I had thought of, and even applied to law school, but paying for it was impossible.

    I worked for a while as an admin assistant and hated it; I knew that in many ways I was smarter, more motivated and deep down inside a better person than those I was filing, copying and getting coffee for. I don't mean this to be a smart-aleck but I always felt that if someone had to walk past the fax machine to ask me to fax something for him/her...I just didn't get the whole concept.

    I love the aspects of nursing that force you to use your intellect to problem-solve and to learn continuously. I do not feel it is a 'calling' as that word has religious connotations for me, but I do feel that I am doing all right in this job, even with the stupid questions, mistakes, and goof-ups that I make. I love working in the ED because there is always something going on that forces me to use my brains, and that to me is a welcome change.

    The money isn't bad, the flexibility can't be beat and I am not forced to 5 days a week, full time work if I don't want to. As others have said, you have the option to go elsewhere if you're bored/burned out. I love my schedule; I work 2 10-hour shifts per week (or 4 per pay period) so I can have time off to travel or do something else if I want to. Right now I'm in school for my BSN and plan to go on to NP; I'd like to work in Primary Care with a physician's group at some point.
  4. by   nurseem
    Quote from twarlik
    I'm becoming a nurse because I want to help people. It's just that simple. And that's the whole truth.
    I totally agree!
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Tony35NYC
    Why feel bad about about the money?
    Because there are nurses on this board who tell us every day that we're supposed to feel bad about the money. We're supposed to answer to a higher "calling" instead, and be Mother Teresa or something, I dunno.

    I actually don't feel bad about it. I just question this constant lecturing on how wanting to make a decent living is supposedly going to make me a bad nurse.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 21, '04
  6. by   purplekath
    [QUOTE=lizz]Ok, so if you weren't paid for that, would you still do it? Seriously.

    I would - and I'm deadly serious. The pay will be a bonus for sure...but if they would let me stooge around a hospital ward without pay, I would definately do it!
  7. by   JimmyMallo
    I'm a man and I love nursing. Always wanted to get into healthcare and I have the grades to go to med school, but after working in a hospital I decided nursing is for me. Nurses treat patients and supposively doctors cure patients but the last cure I can remember was penicillin, and that doesn't even cure that well anymore. I'm just not that way, we may not get rich and we may be underpaid, but at least at the end of the day we will always have a job that makes lives better. How many people can say that!

    You can't take it with you. :chuckle
  8. by   sabrn2006
    I've enjoyed reading all the many reasons for choosing a nursing career. We are diverse and our answers reflect this. After all, life is not like a test with only one right answer.

    For me, becoming a nurse is part of my personal evolution. I returned to college a few years back and majored in criminal justice/psychology. I was planning to be a parole officer or state trooper. After completing an internship in a prison, I started to rethink this plan. I have worked in a large range of jobs and know quite a bit about myself and about others because of my experiences. My mom is an RN and I always avoided even considering the field due to wanting to be different from her. (As if I could fight the inevitable!) Each day I become more like her anyway, so why not copy her career choice. LOL

    Seriously, though, my dad had bypass surgery last year. I found myself asking questions and wanting to learn more about all the medical procedures, the disease process, etc. My natural curiosity just kicked in, I guess.

    I have the brains and the gumption. Not to mention the people skills. I currently work in a human services setting. I already know that I can't save everybody, but it feels great when you help someone.

    I love the idea of the challenge and of the flexibility. I love that there is always something new to learn. The money will certainly help feed the kids too.

    I am in awe of this profession and consider myself fortunate to be entering the ranks. I couldn't believe that I was accepted right away into the program. (Only 60 were chosen out of 270 applicants this year.) I am very excited but nervous too.

  9. by   EarthChild1130
    I am going into nursing for several reasons:

    1) I have always been fascinated with the human body, whether it be physical, emotional, whatever...it just boggles my mind that we work the way we do, and I want to work with all aspects of the human body every day.

    2) My husband is in the Coast Guard and we move a LOT, so I needed a job that would 'travel' well.

    3) I wanted a job that is important...now not to offend anyone, but to me, pushing pencils and that stuff is not an important job...I wanted a job where I could truly make a difference in this world, even if only for one person at a time, and one where I'd learn more about myself in the end.

    I just finished my first semester, and I fell in LOVE with everything I did and everything I learned, and everyone I met...I feel that I was meant to do this and I kick myself for waiting so long to try it out!! lol
  10. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from lizz
    Because there are nurses on this board who tell us every day that we're supposed to feel bad about the money. We're supposed to answer to a higher "calling" instead, and be Mother Teresa or something, I dunno.

    I wasn't going to confess this, but what the heck. I'm only halfway through nursing school and I love it, especially the patient teaching part. I really love working with people and helping them to get better. I seriously believe I'm on the perfect career path for me, and its not just because of "helper's high".

    BUT, I love other things, too... such as gold, silver, cash, Mercedez Benz, Kenneth Cole, Gucci, and Prada. Which is why I plan to transition to the ARNP/CRNA program after I finish my BSN. With the very modest salary CRNAs make, I'm hoping I'll be able to afford at least some of the things on my list. Nothing at all wrong with being ambitious.
  11. by   shel_wny
    Science and Medicine is what I am interested in.
    Becoming a doctor is too intimidating, time-consuming, and expensive.
    I wanted something versatile as my husband and I may move to B.C., Canada within the next few years.
    I wanted to know for certain that all my hard work in college and the debt I acquire will ensure me a job and a career from the beginning. I know way too many people with 4 year psychology or sociology degrees who work retail for $6.50/hr and owe the government tens of thousands of dollars for their student loans.
    I wanted a 2 year program to begin with and then opportunities to advance from there.
    I want to help people heal, mentally and physically. I have a gift for that and I want to pursue it.

    If those aren't enough reasons I'm sure I can come up with more.

  12. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from shel_wny
    I know way too many people with 4 year psychology or sociology degrees who work retail for $6.50/hr and owe the government tens of thousands of dollars for their student loans.

    You know, you are so right about that. A friend of mine spent 23 grand on a masters degree at a private university, and she's now working part-time for $12.00 an hour, which is the same amount that a junior secretary with a high school diploma makes.
  13. by   RNSuzq1
    I honestly have a "calling" to do this and it's been calling me for 20 years since my days as a Candy Striper in High School - I wanted to be like "Clara Barton".. I was a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy for quite a few years and I absolutely loved caring for people. It was an incredibly "crappy" paying job - but when someone I was helping would grab my hand and say Thank You - that was my real "payment"!!!!

    If money was all I was after I would have stayed in the Business World I worked in after I got out of the Navy - great paying job - but oh so unsatisfying and Nursing kept "calling" me away from my desk. Nursing Programs are not only difficult to get into and stay in but there's an incredible amount of work involved with school itself and "stress, stress, stress". Nursing can be a very dirty, stressful "mentally & physically" job and I would never even consider putting myself, family and limited finances through all of this if my #1 reason wasn't to help people and make a difference in their lives.

    Not to say that people that do this just for the $$$ don't make good Nurses - but I've worked with quite a few over the years who chose this career for that reason only and spent most of their time complaining about patients, etc. - they really didn't want to be there - but if you asked them why they didn't just go get a job they'd be happier doing - it always came down to CASH. One Nurse said on a nightly basis - if Wal-Mart paid better I'd go work there (she hated her job and it was obvious to her patients). I want my patients to know I'm there because I truly want to help them - it's not just a job to me - besides being a Wife & Mother, this is what I was meant to do with my life as sappy as that might sound to some of you..