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Old 09-15-2007, 12:25 PM
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I know what you mean Nurse2Be?! Everyone asks me this question...instructors, professors, friends, family, etc. So why did I choose to go into nursing? There are so many reasons. One is that I know I will get a job when I graduate. I love to help others and nursing is something that's different. Every day is different and there are so many fields of nursing I can go into. ICU, ER, Renal, Cardiac, etc. I'm loving nursing so far and I'm really glad I chose nursing.
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Old 09-16-2007, 03:14 PM
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I wanted to be a nurse when I was little. When I was 8, I even wrote a letter to a nurse who was in the newspaper. I asked if she could "teach me" to be a nurse and told her I had $36. It was wild because they gave me an honorary nurse degree, a stethescope, and a lunch in my honor! Really cool for an 8 year old! (Oh, and the news did a piece on it, too!)

Then I got way off track. Got into theatre and went to college without so much as considering nursing. I was three years into a theatre degree when I switched to psychology and finished up.

I worked in corporate america for a few years and was absolutely miserable. It just wasn't the place for me, as much as I wanted it to be.

One day, my cousin announced that she was going to nursing school. Instead of happiness for her, I felt immensely jealous. So I re-examined those feelings and a year later, got accepted into an accelerated BSN where I'm now a 2nd semester student.

It's been a long road but I am really glad to be here!!!
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Old 09-16-2007, 04:33 PM
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What a great story Caroline! I was in the hospital to get my tonsils out when I was in grade five and the nurses were absolutely amazing. I think that is a reason why nursing was on my mind when I applied to university. I still remember that week today!
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:35 AM
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Choosing to be a nurse was a very random thing for me. At 31 I had tried a plethora of careers and wasn't really stimulated by any of them. So on a whim I started pursuing my nursing degree. I guess I watched a lot of my friends become nurses and I've always admired and respected them the most.

Now that I am a nurse it almost seems like it was a "calling in reverse." I never felt like I was called to be a nurse but now that I am one it feels like I'm finally where I'm supposed to be.


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Old 09-21-2007, 11:58 PM
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I actually hated Hospitals when I was a kid. Always going to military hospitals with chronic ear infections (Tubes 3 times!) and allergy problems (Adenoids out twice! they grew back, and tonsils out). Military hospitals weren't kid friendly and it was awful. My mom usually had to drag me in literally kicking and screaming and I once even barricaded myself into a bathroom while there.

It wasn't until way after school and I spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals with my late husband that I thought Nursing would be a good fit for me. It has always been important to me that whatever I did in my profession had to be something that made a differance in someone else's life.
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Old 09-23-2007, 12:27 PM
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Awesome answer jojodow. I know some of my classmates have no clue why they chose nursing, but they just did and are very excited about it. Some people can just have a simple reason like "I like helping people." Others have more complex reasons but in the end, we're all going to be nurses.
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Old 10-12-2007, 03:12 AM
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It's hard for me to say this, but I'm still not 100% sure nursing is for me. I see myself working hard in the health care system, but I have a hard time accepting my role as a nurse. I haven't enjoyed many of the clinical experiences I have had, although I do enjoy the tasks and helping people. I hope I don't get booed out of this forum for saying this!

I chose to do nursing school so I could get a job as an epidemiologist with a background in nursing. I'm starting to realize that I'm leaning more and more to the Emergency Department. I have experience with pre-hospital advanced first aid and I really love that, and have had some great trauma opportunities.

I'm still searching for a place for myself as a nurse. Perhaps you guys could help me out.

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Old 10-12-2007, 08:36 AM
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I am sure you won't be booed from the forum, we welcome everyone here!

I don't think there is anything wrong in being a nurse on the way to something else. We need people in all areas of health care who have had the benefit of gaining knowledge, skills and experience in clinical practice. We also have to face the fact that something that you might be happy to do at 18-20 might not be the same thing you wish to do at 35 or 45.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:41 PM
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Thanks Julie for your support!

I'll keep all of you updated as to my progress.

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Old 10-12-2007, 10:13 PM
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Elane,


It kinda reminds me of a friend of mine who was trying to get into Nursing school.

She's real smart, organized, and friendly. But has some issues with social anxiety and working with people. She is admittedly "not a people person".

I told her to look into surgical nursing. As interested as she was in the Organizing, charting, attention to detail....she was a perfect fit for a field where all the patients are unconscious and the work is 75% documentation.

There's so many specialties to choose from, It's a matter of finding where you fit in.
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