I'm sure I'm not the only one, but when I was growing up, I did not want to be a nurse. The funny thing is, my mother was an LVN for 15+ years and she didn't inspire me to go into nursing. As a teen, I was very squeamish about poop, blood, guts, etc. and always thought the stories my mom came home with were gross. Not sure what happened, but at age 26 I decided I want to go into nursing.
Maybe it was adulthood/motherhood that made me get over the squeamishness, but the L&D nurse (Carol) who took care of me while I was in labor with my 2nd child inspired me. That's when it hit me. She was so good, and I could tell she loved her job. She even said that with nursing, there is always something to learn. That instantly had my interest. I feel bad saying that, because it was someone other than my mother. My mother usually told me the "horror stories" of nursing (she worked on the urology floor), and she made it seem like it was not the best job. I realize it can be difficult and I'm prepared, but after 4 years I still haven't changed my mind. It was a great feeling to finally decide what I want to do for the rest of my life! I had been going to a cc part-time since 2001 for basics, but never could decide what I was going to school for and lost the drive to continue going. After I decided to do nursing, I went back and took my nursing pre-reqs.
When I told my mom I decided to go into nursing, she was shocked, and not very supportive. She even said that I never wanted to be a nurse, and ever since she was little, that's what she's always wanted to be, so why all of a sudden did I want to be a nurse. She seems to think I won't be able to handle it. Well, I'm going to show her I can!!
So were any of you inspired by someone later in life, or are you one of those who have always wanted to be a nurse?