To nurse or not to nurse?

U.S.A. Pennsylvania


I am attending community college and I am not sure what I want to major in. It was Legal Office for along time. A few weeks ago my dad gave me the idea that I should become a nurse. I would like to know what all is involved in Nursing. I would love anyone's in put. Good and bad stories, suggestion, and so forth. I don't mind blood, taking care of people, but I do kind of have a problem with cadavers. Is it that bad once you deal with one? Do you get use to it? Or should I just stick to Legal Office. As you all know with our economy job security is a thing of the past. I think that for me this might be a good future for me because it does offer some job security and I do enjoy helping people. So far what I know (which is bits and pieces) I feel that it would be a good rewarding career for me. Again please feel free to give ANY advice you have, it would help me out a lot!



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I would advise that you find a different field of work. Nursing is only rewarding for the fool hardy who give too much of themselves, only to burn out in a few years time. You work long hours with little if any help. You get paid the least the company can get away with, no pension to speak of, no job security unless you belong to a union, no thank you's (from anybody) and you get to work 24/7. JJ

renerian, BSN, RN

5,693 Posts

Specializes in MS Home Health.

Dealing with dead bodies just goes with it sometimes. I have been a nurse for 17 years and have been laid off 6 times so don't think all nurses are immune from layoffs as you are not.



64 Posts

Specializes in Abdominal Transplant.

Well, the way I look at it is everyone needs to make a living. Some jobs have better pay/security/benefits/etc. It's all about finding the job you can live with, if there isn't one you can't live without. For me, I think nursing will be a good compromise of pay, security, flexibility and benefits. But you have to judge your own situation and what you want out of life. For what it's worth, I started as a Psychology major 4 years ago and now have 2 years to go on the Nursing. As much as I wish I would have figured it out sooner, at least I have it together now. :twocents:

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