Why do you want to be a nurse?

  1. Hey everybody! I'm strongly considering applying to nursing school in the next few monthhs, but I was curious as to why everybody has chose nursing as their career path? I think for me it is because I love biology/anatomy and I really want to help people(sorry if that sounds cliche...). anyhow, i just want to kno what your reasons are?


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  3. by   txnursingqt
    I love the sciences too, and I really like to help people. My mom was a nurse and I feel it is in my bones, LOL. I still doubt myself sometimes because I have struggled with what I really want to be, but I am almost 31 years old and don't have time to decide what I want to be when I grow since I should have already grown up!

    I also like the fact that nursing will provide job security and a decent income while also allowing a flexible work schedule.

    But I tend to have the view that when you decide on a career that does not mean that you have to do it forever if you don't want to. If I become a nurse and it turns out that I hate it, then oh well, I will just try something else. I am just looking to find what makes me happy and gives me a life where I am not always living paycheck to paycheck. For me nursing fits that mold.

    Good luck to you!
  4. by   july123
    i find it interesting
    i feel i have compassion
    the pay and the number of opportunities in the field
    the almost 100% guarantee that in a bad economy i will be able to get a job and support myself
    i also like the potential to have a schedule i like more
  5. by   AlishiaRN77
    For me it's job security, being able to specialize in a variety of jobs, and being able to work/help people from different backgrounds/cultures.

    I love learning about the human body. I find it fascinating how our bodies work and what works against it, etc. So the sciences definitely intrigue me. (Probably really makes me sound like a nerd..lol)

    I, too, have immediate family members who are nurses. Some complain, but most of the time they enjoy their lives. Having the flexibility of days they work, being able to move to a different state with little to no issues of finding work....
  6. by   Ike Arumba
    i want to be a nurse for many reasons. the main one is because i keep having this nagging feeling that i should be "doing" something with my life, instead of takng up space. :d but seriously, i think nursing would fit that because i can help save someone's life, or make the end of their life easier, then i will have fulfilled a purpose bigger than myself. that may sound corny, but it's one of my main motivations.

    that being said, the other reasons are pretty much the same as a few of the other posts, job security, flexibilty, no longer living paycheck to paycheck...all those are good perks too.
  7. by   3rdgenRN2B
    My grandmother was a nurse, my mom is a nurse, and several of my cousins are nurses. So I guess it's in my blood. I also like the prospect of job security and no longer living paycheck to paycheck. I want something that will be intellectually stimulating. I work in retail right now and sometime feel like my brain is rotting away. I also like that I will have a job that offers the flexibility of different shifts so that I will be able to be there for my daughter as she goes through school. And finally, I've always seen myself as a "do gooder" and the idea of making a difference in someone's life and being able to help people seems to fit my personallity.
  8. by   ChristineN
    I spent most of my teen years helping take care of a sick parent. I started hearing alot from relatives that I was "so good with her" and that I would "make a great nurse." I had never really considered nursing, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided to pursue it. I wanted to see a "happier" side of nursing, so when I started school, I was dead set on being a L&D nurse. Silly me, once I started school I saw it wasn't all I thought it would be. Instead, I found my niche in peds.

    Other things that attracted me to nursing including flexible hrs, variety of working areas, and opportunities for career advancement.
  9. by   DeterminedtobeRN08
    I want to be a nurse because I love challenge. I love to learn and love multi-tasking. Of couse for others reasons like helping others and so on but I have found that most every job I have ever had was boring. I was too smart for the job and wasnt learning anything. Nursing is a career were you will always be learning. Also job security and earning a good salary is a plus as well but I have always wanted to be a nurse going back to my childhood days I finally decided to put myself to the test I know I can do it thats not the question, I just am interested and excited to see how college. I am a single mom with two children I have never attended college so this coming january will be a first!
  10. by   britdell
    good luck to you deternmined rn! im glad to hear many of you have some of the same reasons i do for attending nursing school, i thought everybody grew up dreaming to be an rn! lol.

    brit
  11. by   taodepooh
    My reasons for going for the RN degree are much the same as the ones listed above. I went for my degree in my 20's but decided to change majors and to try something new. After following that different dream for about 13 years I realized that my original dream to be an RN and to help people had not died. The calling was still there. I'm 33 and have 3 kids and a very supportive hubby and family now. I want to be a role model to the kids and show them that Mommy can do whatever she puts her mind to and that it's never too late to pursue a dream or goal. I also want them to know that as you get older that your goals and ideas can change and that it can be a totally positive thing to grow and try new ideas out.

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