I think the word "calling" may have a different definition, depending on the individual person.
For me, I have always liked caring for people. I'm also fascinated with the human body, I'm glued to Discovery Health
, I have always loved hospitals, and I think scrubs
are cool. Practically speaking, I also have a great desire to afford rent each month and I'm a sucker for job security.
But there was never an "a-ha!" moment, a writing-on-the-wall spiritual moment where I was just walking down the street, suddenly "knew" I was destined to be a nurse, and promptly changed direction and walked to my nearest cc. Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little, but seriously, it was the result of research, an honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses, and practical needs that "led" me to nursing. I'm an artistic, passionate person, and for years, I was convinced I was "called" to be a singer without an honest assessment of myself. Only once I was in conservatory for graduate work did I realize there are parts of my personality - parts I'm proud of and don't wish to alter - that do not lend themselves to the lifestyle of a professional musician. After a few years of job-related "wandering", I did find that my personality is perfectly suited for nursing.
That decision, along the way, keeps getting confirmed in lots of little and sometimes not so little ways. For instance, I suddenly kept running into all these healthcare professionals - friends I didn't even know who were at one time or are now RNs, MDs, NPs, techs, etc. People who know me best were saying, "You know, I always thought you should go into healthcare" and "You would make a great RN" after I told them I was considering going back to school for my BSN. Most of all, even after talking with a LOT of nurses and hearing the good, the bad, and the ugly about being a nurse, I still want to do it.
Nurses are a smart, practical, wise bunch, in my opinion, and I think you would be a great addition. You're looking at nursing for very sound reasons, you know about the field from a very close source, and you don't have any romantic illusions about the career. Plus, I don't think anyone of us - especially since I've read so many intelligent, thoughtful posts from this group - are only capable of being good/happy/successful at just
one profession, and if you look at statistics, people change jobs/careers many times during their lifetime! The notion of having to commit to one job, one career is long gone. Nursing is such a great field because there are so many areas you can go into, so many opportunities. If you don't like bedside care, go into administration. Want to pursue higher education? Get your NP, or maybe MSN/MBA. You could do legal nurse consulting, nursing informatics, or teach at a college/university. I've even heard of one nurse who's a consultant for a daytime soap!
Okay... I'm rambling. Better stop now! Hope this helped a little.