Why did you become a nurse besides same answer "I want to help people". I know the pay draws in the nuts!!
I like blood and guts and death and insides and this is one of the approved legal ways I get to look at them
I became a nurse because I felt God was calling me to do so. My husband and I are both very service minded. The job I was in was coming to a close, I was 50 years old, and kept praying for the Lord’s direction. I graduated in 2014, been in nursing ever since. I absolutely love what I do but I would not choose nursing for the money.
Honestly- I was pregnant and alone needing a steady income. 18 months for LVN and another year for ADN. Fairly quick entry into stable income with job security. 30 years later - child now 35 year old adult- I’m a travel nurse.
Nursing is a call. It is from your heart to others. This is my strength and it keeps me going through adversity. I do not see those driven by money staying nurses for a long time. So, money is not the call. The call is love and compassion. I want to always be able to touch those suffering with pure hands and intentions. I became officially a nurse because I was born an unofficial one. There is nothing more than I know if it is not nursing and being a nurse.
My son was sick and the healthcare system failed us. I never wanted to feel so helpless again. We had an amazing nurse, “Patty,” at MUSC who made us feel so loved and cared for that I wanted to be that person for someone else. God bless every nurse!
I wanted a career that would make my children proud.
I am going to say what I am sure a lot of us are thinking…nursing, especially ER and trauma makes you realize how much you hate people.
I know this sounds like the opposite of what you were expecting. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE! I have been a nurse for 12 years now and I love that there are folks who are still here with their families because of the care I provided.
When I say I hate people, I mean human nature and this world is INSANE! Humans are consumers, of everything, unfortunately nurses often see the worst of the worst. We see the ugly, the violence, the addiction, the sexual and domestic abuse, gun shots, stabbing, hangings, amputations and a hundred other injuries I’ve had roll through my doors. What I love about nursing is the challenge of saving a life. I love the non stop learning of this amazing profession. I love that the research and learning I do matters. I love some of my doctors that I have the honor to work with (my trauma docs are second to none) and your coworkers really do become family. I’ve cried with them, laughed with them (mostly inappropriately, a warped sense of humor will develop to cope) and I’ve saved a lot of lives with them. We may fight and we may yell at one another in the heat of the moment but there my trauma family are the only folks I’d want by my side in the trenches every day.
You will see ALOT of bad, heartbreaking, frustrating patients. It only takes ONE patient to redeem that love and passion inside.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that if you’re after money, “you’re in nursing for the wrong reasons and you shouldn’t be a nurse.” Anyone who tells you that is a disgusting, self serving POS. Nurses are in demand and CAN, in fact, name your price. $200/hr IS NOT unheard of.
It is my childhood dream as well as my father's dream for me to become a nurse. When my father died, every good work that I do and help that I give to my patient and the family, I offer it to God and to my dad. I want my dad to be proud of me in heaven.
My grandpa inspired me to become a nurse, he was a midwife. He delivered all his 14 children normal delivery. I was able to assist him delivering my cousins at home. It inspired me to follow his footsteps.
I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people's lives daily. In the nursing profession, you deal with many aspects of patient care, and I enjoy the variety in the routine. Also, dealing with patients and their families and helping them through what is often a difficult time for them is extremely satisfying for me.
Throughout college and nursing school, my interest in nursing and my commitment to the field became even stronger as I found that I also had an aptitude for the work. I believe my ability to communicate with people and to explain things clearly in both a technical and non-technical way is one of the things that makes me a good nurse.
It's so hard to put into words why I want to treat people. Treat them while they are using the bathroom and are so embarrassed and say, "I'm sorry"! I always reply that I am there for them. I've always had a big heart. I loved my patients during my preceptorship. I want them to feel comfortable, and safe. I'll let them know that they will never be alone.
Caring person always liked health care
I became a nurse for several reasons. I wanted to follow in my mother's footsteps. I initially got my LPN in 1995 and went back to school and graduated in 2018 with my RN associate's degree. I have been a hospice nurse since 2005. I find it extremely rewarding to help somebody end their journey in this life the way that he or she wants with dignity and respect.
To help alleviate disparity in healthcare.
It's not a job it's a passion, something you love to do everyday!
I think laughter is the best medicine and love to make others laugh!
So many reasons! For example, I wanted job security. I was a young teenage mom. We lived in a rural community and had a local community college. Thankfully with my family support- I was able to work full time and raise my daughter, and graduate from nursing school. Also, when I had my daughter- the nurses were kind, caring, extremely intelligent and competent. It was so inspiring. Lastly, my grandma was a RN house supervisor in the ER. I feel like she always knew what to say: I wanted to learn that skill. That’s why I became a nurse: to be a leader, have integrity, remain ethical, provide for my family, have critical thinking skills, and provide for our community.
I watched my Mom dress in whites and wear her nursing cap every day. And at 5 years old I just know , I wanted to be a nurse.
I became a nurse because I liked the way I felt after watching the healing process and I help in it ,the way I felt when the doctor.my manager and administration tell me I’m doing a good job ,and most satisfied feeling is when you patient and family members tell you thank you from their heat. It was my passion in life
The sick will be with us always, with my knowledge and skills I owe it to them to take care of them. Empathy and sympathy can be the catalyst in doing a good job.
LOL ... not the least bit altruistic .... back in the day when "The College Grads were first coming into nursing" I worked in a hospital with a diploma nursing school that had 100% board passing record (no 1 in the state) for 5 years running] as an orderly while trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had cropped out of a biology BS program and was doing pre-op preps and pre-op enemas. My brain was mush. Then I noted one of the college grads doing really stupid stuff and said if "She" can be a nurse so can I till I figure out what I want to be when I grow up. That was about 50 years ago now. I still haven't grown up. !
My answer is something I need help to overcome and unsure if I’ll be able to get thru writing. As a child of divorce and idolizing a dad who was very emotionally disconnected from just the 2 of his 3 girls. The idea of being the only nurse in the family appealed as a way to earn more of dad’s time. This never escaped me as a motivator even for deciding to cross over from pedi to adult care. Dad died at 69 from COVID in ICU and though every contract I sign requires my compliance to care for covid patients, I was refused access to care for my own dad. My mom also died a year later at 69 with COVID in ICU and again I was refused access to care for her. My nursing purpose was taken from me by the same entity holding my nursing performance expectations. ??
Honestly I became a nurse because my mother felt it was the quickest way for me to support two children. I was a single mother of two at the time and struggling to make ends meet. My mother is a RN, so I trusted she knew what was best.
I didn’t start as a nurse. I wanted to be a lawyer when I was young and I was led to the profession and never left. When I start to have doubts there is someone that teatime this is what I was born to do.
I wanted to make a difference in people's lives during their most vulnerable times.
I love serving people.
I want to make them feel good inside and out
Such an important question in what you answer, I spent 17 years in a hospital where I started in surgery and started as a practical nurse in which I loved from the first day I started my profession because I know that what I was doing was to help more than you need at that time because each patient entrusts his life to you, not only does it come due to illness but also personal problems that can undermine depression and trigger more situations. We have to listen and be the critical thinking and judgment that will make you a solution. This has led me to love being a nurse more and more every day. Seeing a smile and that when you get to your shift the patient in the room tells you such... He wants you to be the one who takes care of him because he says he loves how you can take care of him and hearing that makes me happy, getting to the nursery and pediatrician that I adore him, you take care of him to your small patients plus the parents and that you can do your best and they can see in you the confidence to help, guide the treatment that your Baby has by medical order, give everything for them makes you a nurse who loves your profession with passion. It is a shame that many young people study this profession but unfortunately for money and not a vocation in which they often do not see the magnitude of the responsibility they carry on their shoulders. I only ask God to guide you at all times. Money is nothing when you see the smile of the parents when everything goes well 😊 as well as being a great support when it doesn't... because you have to be in their place as parents and even more so in losses, the sensitivity of how we should carry out these situations . God knows that I would be a nurse again because it is a vocation that today as a RN I am a perfectionist in my work and careful in the care and treatment of my patients... in short I love being a nurse ❤️
I fell in love with caring for people that could not care for themselves. My love went onto include all people in general and on to women’s health. My interest peaked into cardiology, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, breast cancer and TIA’s when these began rearing their ugly symptoms in my family. I love caring for people and feeling useful ❤️
I believe I had a calling since the age of 12 y/o. My mother and father were my first role models into my healthcare career but they never were able to see me graduate getting my BSN Degree, I was heartbroken.
Liked the healthcare system
I worked as an artist post undergrad at 4 different companies in 4yrs in both print/video games and the web. 9/11 happened and my connections did not have any further leads for me. I confirmed with a return to my Alma Mater (for career counseling and a personality test) that nursing would be a good career change for me vs interior design/law/engineering/acting. The process of “reinventing my career” reminded me of my shortcomings and my strengths gained while working in the arts—-and i was willing to accept/change/grow for my own betterment. It was not until interviewing for the various RN positions that the reason for OR nursing revealed “my true north” and that the floor/ICU/Peds were not for me. I prefer teamwork, one focus/one patient, anticipation, preparation, coordination and fulfilling needs/orders of teammates which were all patient focused in order to aim for successful a surgery/surgeries. The OR is a repetitive process with each case being distinctly different based on each individual patient’s needs and the varying members of your OR team and specialty
My other option was a lab tech
I became a nurse because I grew up watching my mother work as first a CNA, then became an LPN. As a youngster I was allowed to go to work with her and loved it. When I turned 50 I became an LPN too. For the last 8 years I have worked in geriatrics and loved it, however, I made a big change this year, I am now a school nurse and not sure I like it much!! I have never met more ruder people than the parents and the most disrespectful kids!! 🤦♀️🤦♀️ I am not sure how long I will stay here. No I am not making much money, and I knew that when I took the job. I miss my elderly people!!
It honestly fell into my lap and I decided it was God’s plan and haven’t looked back since. I started my interest in high school but quickly lost that interest to pursue hospitality. Then left hospitality and went into EKG monitor tech then decided to apply for an LVN program because I had all the requirements. Got in right away while I heard others waited for years. This was back in 2010.
What does that mean: I know the pay draws in the nuts??
I didn't want to be a teacher or work in an office. I loved people. I had been a candy striper and chose nursing for my career. I went through a 3 year program, started in Surgical ICU, was one of first sent OOT to learn how to take care of fresh open heart patients when the program started. I worked SICU for about 15 years, then head of IV team then started the Home Infusion program. I retired from there after ~45 years. I cried when I retired. Good luck!
For the money and excellent hours,of course!!!😂. Just kidding....really, back in 1971 it seemed like the best choice. I had been a candy striper so wasn't afraid of patients. I didn't have a desire to be a teacher or secretary. I liked people so why not. I had a wonderful 45year career and cried when I retired. I am a diploma RN and don't feel it restricted me at all!
Nursing is a profession that offers a lot of both immediate gratification and delayed gratification, which is a reason I love it. For example, when I start a beautiful IV I get immediate gratification. During a shift, I get to perform lots of skills that immediately result in caring for the patient and satisfying me. But I also get a lot of delayed gratification in knowing the patient is slowly getting better and will hopefully be healthier and happy in a few weeks.
Steady income, people are always sick or injured. I did not go into it to help people. I went into it to be able to feed myself and make a decent living. I was an excellent bedside nurse working a lot harder than others. It did not pay off physically or mentally. I was exposed to surreal events and drama working in a level 1 trauma center as a SICU nurse and level II trauma center mostly in the ED and climbing up to ED clinical manager which was an awful job. I wonder if I chose graphic arts career instead, how different I may have been as a person. I was just unsure of steady income, so I ended up with a colorful nursing career.
I needed to find a profession that would allow me the scheduling flexibility to work while being a single parent while paying a livable wage. 3 (12 hour) nights shifts a week as a CVICU/SD RN did just that.
I was a medic in the Army and Air Force. So I decided to keep going in the medical field.
Try to know yourself. Helping people can lead to burnout eventually. Know more of the skills, respect, professionalism of a nurse that you are proud of. Compare nursing roles to physicians. Instead of helping, we might say offer my presence to the client.
That was the question that was done to me by the admitting Nurse. Well I answer : Because I don’t have a job, and grandma wanted me to find something to do. And I have been 54 years.in
Nursing And still working in nursing. Salary was 3.25/ hr with a ward of 20 pts, and hand charting in every pt. Now 5 pts 60 to 80 dollars /hr.
I wanted to make a difference in Healthcare.
Because I’m a type-A, Christian, love people, and totally ocd on lines in the icu with a superiority complex. It’s fitting.
It’s really great to be able to change specialties and work in a completely different area without having to start over and get a degree in another field. Also the fact that I could get started on my career with an associates degree was really helpful. When I first started college, I did not know what I wanted to do and did not want to spend 4+ years on a degree to find out that I did not like the work it had prepared me for. Now, fifteen plus years later, I’ve never been sorry that I decided to give nursing a try!
I was called to become an RN as a ministry but was programmed as a child to be the”nurse” in the family. I knew I would always have a job and I wanted an independent career. Nursing is a profession not a money-making thing but allowed me to raise a family and have a career!
Definitely the net that drain for the money as well a
It's thits the satisfaction I get when I see aomeone recover and the community appreciating my works.
I truly feel like I was pre-destined to be a nurse. All I ever wanted to be when I was a little girl was a nurse. My Barbie’s had broken legs and I used my mom’s Kotex pads as their hospital bed! That’s was my life dream….to care for others. I LOVED nursing until COVID hit. It has changed SO much since 2020.
To ensure that people live in hope
With regards to the working conditions problems, I wanna utilise the available resources to answer humanity health questions
Well... seemed interesting. I liked anatomy in my cosmetology course and wanted a job that offered benefits and was more diverse sooooo I signed up for a CNA class and kept on going. Now I'm 25 years into CVICU nursing and ACNP and those were some amazing years. Unfortunately, healthcare isn't the same now.
I graduated HS and my mom was ready to ship me to the university as she did my siblings. This was in 1984… I was crying said I don’t want to be gone away from home for 4 years, so she said. “Fine you are going to nursing school” that was that
My parents influenced my decision to be a Nurse. My father was a social worker and my mom was a phlebotomist. I started to attend weekend programs early on in junior high school where there were manikins and we would learn how to take care of people.
The variety of jobs you can have within nursing
I have been drawn towards the healing arts since childhood. I think it may be an inherited trait. My great grandfather was a doctor. One grandmother was a midwife and the other a nurse aid. 3 of my cousins are nurses. I was either going towards a field of human or veterinarian medicine. Celebrating a victory with a patient on their recovery or helping support patients and loved ones in their final moments means more than a paycheck to me.
I wanted to be a veterinarian but getting into vet school at the age I was would have been impossible. So nursing was my next option and bonus for being able to use my nursing skills on my own animals when needed. I love all my patients ☺️
I went in for the money and stability but stayed b/c I love making a difference in people's lives
I have always loved the medical field. Worked in healthcare setting most of my life. Was always intrigued with medicine and illness. Husband works a physically demanding and sometimes dangerous job. So, he sent me to school to finally get my nursing license just in case something ever happened to him, I would be able to make a living that wouldn't force me to move in with my parents or rely on anyone else. Since he is still alive we have been able to afford a nice living with our incomes and I work in a school setting which gives me the added benefit of knowing I can help medically fragile students attend school and have that 'normal' thing in their lives they wouldn't normally be able to without a nurse to make sure they remain safe. Working in the school setting is pretty low stress and I will have a pension when I retire. I also get the added bonus of not working 12 hour shifts, not working weekends, holidays or evenings. I get winter and spring break and the summer off if I want it. It is a great place to be a nurse!
I became a nurse really truly because my mother is a nurse. I’m been a nurse for 20 years. I have A genuine care for people and I love doing just that.
job opportunity is very high in medical field
I love the science and art of Nursing. It is a highly rewarding profession and the different areas that you can move into are endless. Oh and I like making peoples lives better whether it's finding health or a peaceful end.
Thé only way to share love, to bé Closer to humanity and learn to save lives is thé reason for me to become a nurse.
I am retired now and entered a 3yr program in 1966. As a woman, I felt I had only 3 choices: nursing, teaching, secretary. My HS guidance teacher tried to get me to go to college. I thought she was from another planet. Also, we did not have the money. And I had some experience as a candy striper so I chose nursing.
I want to learn enough to do whatever I can to keep my family alive and healthy, financial stability, and honestly I want to do something that matters. I want to be a super hero as corny as that sounds I think anyone in the medical field that does their job to the best of their abilities is amazing.
I became a nurse because I have the calling to mix well with people and I enjoy the functional use of pathophysiology.
I want to help people and to give care for the patient
To become a Diabetes Educator.
Administration of healing to the sick derived joy within me and of course for good pay
Egbuniwe chika. Adns msc
I have a great passion fothis nursing and i understood it is my calling.
I want to impact change in the healthcare community.
Ever since I was small, I knew I was meant to be a nurse. I have had other interests but nurssing kept winning. I have been able to have a wonderful career in research, learning, and teaching. Nursing has provided many experiences for me.
There is no better feeling than to realize you made someone’s life better even if it’s just for that hour or day of when they’re in true need. I worked in an ER for 27 years and the gratification I had on a daily basis is what drove me day to day. I made a positive impact….no matter how small it may have been.
I wanted to be part of something bigger. What an honor to be there for the first breath or the last. It gives me the motivation to not take things for granted.
I see this great profession as a CALL,as in not every body is fit for this profession,its a job that your entire being is to be involved to be able to make a positive impact.
Offcorse I want to help people because and my dream is to became a nurse and than doctor
Love science, love pathophysiology, couldn't afford to become a doctor.
Love to research and come up with diagnoses to this day.