Published Oct 30, 2002
I am 26 yrs old and I am getting ready to go to college and become a nurse. I am confident, scared, worried and excited. Reading all your posts about the underpaid, the overworked, the underappreciated nurses out there is scaring me to death!!! I want to be a nurse because I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. Of course, the money doesnt discourage me either. I know that it will be heart wrenching and hard, but to make one or two sick people happy a day, doesnt that make you happy???
The reason for my post (im brand new to this website, thank god i found it) is to hear the positive aspects of nursing. I finally think I have found something that I want to do with my life. I have been an office mgr for 9 yrs and i know that i dont want to pay other peoples bills or do other peoples payroll anymore.
Please give me just a minute to encourage me to pursue this career! i know it will be hard, i want a challenge and i want to feel important.
HELP!! thank you in advance for your responses!
amie (cincinnati, ohio)
I LOVE my job. :)
renerian, BSN, RN
I think nursing is the ability to be a vital force in a persons health status. You could be the one person in their day who shows compassion, kindness, knowledge to respond to their fears and questions and the ability to rise to a whole new level of self awareness about life and death.
NurseDennie, BSN, RN
Hey - this thread is NOT filling up very fast.....
Don't let that get you down, ams02. Put it this way: Is there ANY other career in the world where you can (and do!) ask people "when was your last bowel movement?"
Nope - I thought not. With nursing you can go anywhere and do anything! We're all a bit warped, but what the heck....
We ask a lot more personal questions then you could possibly imagine (until you get to all the cool stuff in nursing school)!!!
I say go for it.. follow your dreams!
thank you for your comments, i do know for sure i want to be the one person that shows some compassion for people, i hope thats enough! i hope that compassion is enough to succeed as a nurse (except of course mentally) - thank you again and i will keep checking for new posts - i am sooooo glad i found this website!
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