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Old 07-05-2007, 03:32 PM
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Default Choosing to be a nurse

Compu_nurse had a good question in the Inroductions post:
What made you decide to become a nurse?

It's a great question, because not only will it help non-nursing readers in choosing (or not choosing) this field BUT in nursing school, you get so bogged down with studies, and tests, and anxiety you forget (Well I do sometimes) what made you want to become a nurse in the first place.


So, I'll go first.
I had 2.5 years of college already (mostly the basic learning courses but was focusing toward English) when I met my husband. We soon became pregnant, and I had my son while on break from school. I had a hard labor and delivery and the nurses were so great and really rallied behind me, even pulling in other nursing sources to get that baby out. It was then I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I had no idea there were so many roles and so many areas I could focus in. That part was really just a bonus!

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Old 07-05-2007, 03:54 PM
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My dolls were my patients, as were my brothers and any smaller children I could persuade to play my games. As soon as it was my turn to be patient I would call a halt; strange that! I read books about nurses and nursing and particularly loved Sue Barton. I always wanted to be a nurse and that was all I wanted to do. Strange then that I am not currently in clinical practice, though I still use my nursing skills and knowledge every day of my working life.
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Old 07-06-2007, 12:41 AM
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Default Why I Want to Be a Nurse... the long version

Do you ever feel that everyone asks you that question? My canned resonse is that I always wanted to do it and I like to help people. The whole story is that I also like science, technology and like to help people.... all od which seem to be availble in nursing. Also, the numerous career paths in nursing are are very attractive to me... I get bored so easily. In my late 20's I realized I had hit the ceiling in my profession and it was very likely that I would perform a similar role until I retired... yuck... So, here I am. Needless to say, I am not bored
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:24 PM
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I guess since I asked the question I should answer it too

It's kind of a long story but I'll try to make it short...I decided to go into Computer Science after high school because I had no idea what I wanted to do, I liked computers, and it was during the 'tech boom'. I had no big interest in the classes but figured it would get more interesting in my upper years, but before I knew it I had graduated into a field that I had no huge interest in.

It was a huge learning experience though...along the way I lost 50lbs, developed a huge interest in healthy living and realized I need a job where I can move around and help people. I decided to go back to school and take something I'm really interested in. I had an awesome meeting with the people in the Nursing faculty at my local university and read a whole bunch of Nursing blogs and books and decided it looks like the perfect fit! I'm registered for the 2 year accellerated program to start this Sept.

I have no idea what kind of Nurse I'd like to be, but I'm super excited!
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:45 PM
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It helps to be excited, compu_nurse! My mom's a nurse and it just seemed like an interesting field to go into. Isn't that the lamest response ever? My mom suggested that I be a CNA first to see if I liked it and I did.

So I went to school and here I am.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:57 PM
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It helps to be excited, compu_nurse! My mom's a nurse and it just seemed like an interesting field to go into. Isn't that the lamest response ever? My mom suggested that I be a CNA first to see if I liked it and I did.

So I went to school and here I am.
Haha...that's definitely not a lame response! Those are actually both things that got me into it too...my grandma and my aunt were both nurses, and there's so many different things you can do with a BN.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:42 AM
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What made me want to become a nurse?

I was a caregiver and got really annoyed that I couldn't do more to help people. Also I figured I needed a challenge (really hate academics). The fact that while I was frustrated I really did love my job, and I could never see myself sitting down at a desk all day.

Couldn't have done it without the support of my man though.
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My dolls were my patients, as were my brothers and any smaller children I could persuade to play my games. As soon as it was my turn to be patient I would call a halt; strange that! I read books about nurses and nursing and particularly loved Sue Barton. I always wanted to be a nurse and that was all I wanted to do. Strange then that I am not currently in clinical practice, though I still use my nursing skills and knowledge every day of my working life.
Hey Julie, there are so many roles for nurses it's great. And just because you no longer practice clinically you are still making a contribution to the profession and the care of the patients. Bedside nursing may be the backbone of the profession but remember, there is a brain on top of that backbone that puts it all together!
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:39 AM
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What made me want to become a nurse?

I was a caregiver and got really annoyed that I couldn't do more to help people. Also I figured I needed a challenge (really hate academics). The fact that while I was frustrated I really did love my job, and I could never see myself sitting down at a desk all day.

Couldn't have done it without the support of my man though.
I know it's really not said these days, but I really think nursing was a "calling" for me. I made the decision at the age of nine and never deviated from it. I joke that I wanted to wear Cherry Ames' cap, but something "hit" me on that front porch in 1966 and I made the decision not ever really knowing what a nurse really did.

There were times I wanted out of it so badly, but my life situation always kept me in the thick of it (aka: had to work!)and those bad times would pass.

Can't imagine being or doing anything else. It's like my identity. Of course, had I learned to play the guitar, or had any singing aptitude I may have been making albums, but that is another story!
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:33 AM
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Hey Julie, there are so many roles for nurses it's great. And just because you no longer practice clinically you are still making a contribution to the profession and the care of the patients. Bedside nursing may be the backbone of the profession but remember, there is a brain on top of that backbone that puts it all together!
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You are so right, I know for a fact that I use my nursing knowledge and skills on a daily basis. Probably more than when I was practicing.

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