Why did you become a nurse?
Reasons from around the web!
The big return with minimal investment. I came from a low income family and wasn’t sure how I was going to afford college. The hospital based diploma program I attended was free 100% in return for me, working at the hospital after graduation. Best investment ever
prnqday, BSN, RN
I love helping others and truly do feel that nursing is my calling. The pay isn’t too bad, however with all the crap I have to put up with sometimes the pay definitely isn’t on the top of the list to why I became a nurse. IMHO. When I chose nursing, at a very young age, I wasn’t aware of the schedule of flexibility. I must say the flexibility is a plus. I can work in so many different areas of nursing and feel as though I’d never be bored.
Nursing is not my calling!!! Trust me if I had the time to go back to school I would. The reason I went into nursing, I was in vet school and had to quit due to a family emergency. I had to come home and since there was no vet schools around and I had pretty much all of the curriculum for nursing school figure I would go so I can at least work and be making some kind of money. And I’m still here.
Because I was wait listed for dental hygiene and didn’t want to wait a year.
Encouraged by my Dad who was a firefighter – he enjoyed helping others in a time of need and that characteristic rubbed off on me.
“I can remember being a little girl, about 7 or 8 years old. I was raised by my grandmother who was in her late 60s. As her health started to decline with diabetes and other problems, she had a home health nurse who came out and taught her how to administer insulin. I remember at the age of 8, I learned how to administer insulin, give pills and instill eye drops in my grandmother’s eyes. I was my grandmother’s caretaker. The home health nurse was a true inspiration to me. She always encouraged me to do my best in school and I, too, could become a nurse. I enjoyed the idea of helping and healing others. To this very day, I will never forget that nurse. She was caring and compassionate, and she played a big role in my decision to become a nurse and a mentor to other young girls – today, I tell them that they can become whatever they want if they put their minds to it.”
It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I have had my share of disappointments, but it is from my own experience I am able to draw the perfect pleasure of nursing. I was a psychiatric nurse and worked with youngsters who had issues with drugs and abandonment. I became very enlightened and gained abilities to intervene in many cases.In one case, as the young lady was leaving she said to me, “I’ll never forget you, what you said to me, as long as I live.” I guess that one instance made my life important to someone. I have since become a supervisor in a nursing home where I oversee 60 residents. I see to the comfort of my residents while they are alive, and I comfort their families when they pass. I feel my life matters! In a world where it seems money is the only measures that people look at, I am proud to know I matter and make a difference in someone’s life.
I joined nursing because of the excellent girl to guy ratio in nursing school. Who knew I would be in a classroom full of men hating women? Please elaborate on why you became a nurse. Thanks.
I got hooked on nursing in the military, I am a medic and was deployed to Kosovo in 00-01, after working in the ER in a combat support hospital I fell in love with the pace and the challenge of nursing, after that it just seemed like a logical fit to become a RN when I got home. Besides there is something about sticking medal and plastic into people that just does it for me
… because I love to give injections and I look good in white!
Seriously, when I realized that I didn’t want to pursue biology, nursing was the only field that took all of my credits. After all, my parents money was terrible thing to waste!
Welding class was full.
I got lost on the way to the police academy.
I became a nurse because when I was 17 I had a horrible experience with a nurse practitioner. My piece of ^%$# ex boyfriend cheated on me with a bunch of girls and gave me HPV as well as a horrid UTI and yeast infection. The NP treated me like I was a dirty @#$% and after taking one look at my vagina said, “oof, yeah, that’s gotta hurt like hell, I gotta prescribe you someting”. All I can remember is her lack of compassion while I laid on the exam table, spread eagle in front of a stranger at 17 years old, alone, tears streaming down my face. I vowed that I would never treat someone like that ever and that I would take her job some day. I’ve been an RN For 3.5 years now and am a year away of getting my Master’s degree to become an NP. 🙂
I was a Graphic designer with intentions of going into art therapy. I was made redundant, so I did plan B.
Never regretted it for a second.
Seemed like a good idea at the time? (That time may have been after lots of tequila).
No idea. But I’m pretty damn good at it.
I became a nurse because it would give me a profession at the end of my training. I was pretty clueless at the time. Throughout my training I kept thinking “I don’t like this”. After graduation I applied at Kaiser (the only place I wanted to work) and was hired by a labor and delivery department administrator because she like to train new grads! It was the best thing that could have happened to me. I learned so much and developed skills in phlebotomy, peri-operative, newborns, recovery, post-partum and pediatrics! I have gone from an AA nurse to BSN, to MSN, to a post-grad nurse practitioner.
Whatever your reason for becoming a nurse, thank you!