I have NEVER had a patient care why I wanted to be a nurse. They have however cared if it took too many sticks to start an IV. I have had tons of nurses be curious as to why I left social work. I sort of giggle wondering why they care or what answer will be "OK" for them. If I say A,B or C vs X,Y, or Z, do they sleep better at night? What answer are people looking for?
My favorite is CNA's asking if I was a CNA before nursing school? Almost like if you weren't a CNA you don't know the "struggle" and youre automically lazy and only here for the money. So the fact that I didn't take temperatures or give bed baths for X amount of months before nursing school makes me "not worthy" to you. Sigh. I can't even go there with people.
YES IM HERE FOR MONEY. You think I just showed up to give enemas and bandage up gangrene? Or maybe I just decided, today is a good day to be exposed to MRSA and cdiff. Heck, let's throw in AIDS too. And maybe if I'm lucky I can insert a foley into a 300 pound patient whose parts I struggle to find, all while not trying to hurt their cellulitis leg. AND FOR FREE. No Mam. No Sir. Everybody works for my money. And if you don't.. you clearly have a trust fund.
But truthfully, I wanted to have a job that pays decent and still be home with my kids a lot. I can work 3 12's as a nurse and still have a fulltime salary. I can work nights, and come home before my husband gets off and though I'll be tired, we won't need daycare. I couldn't do that in most other fields. When I was 18, wanting to be home with my kids? Was not even in my mind. (If it was, people would have judged me for that as well). Nor did I know I'd marry an Airman and move all over the world, often to places where social work jobs were slim pickings. Hospitals and medical buildings? Are everywhere, however. Yes, I like helping people. Yes, nursing is interesting to me. Yes, if nursing doesn't work for my family in 10 years, I will find another job that does. And if that doesn't work, I guess I'll be in clown school, or serving tables or doing whatever works. I work for my family to have food, shelter and clothes. I get in where I fit in as long as theres a check, it's legal and I can look myself in the mirror and not feel shame. If you don't get that, please make a donation in my name to Sallie Mae, Southwest Toyota financial and AT&T mobility the 1st of every month.