Why Are You In Nursing School?

December 13th, 2011


By , BSN, RN

When I was a little girl I wanted to be a veterinarian just like my Dad. When I was a big girl I wanted to be an ace reporter, exposing the evils of the world. As a young adult I wanted to empower people to act by producing news stories that made others stop and think. Then, I wanted a to be a nurse.

It didn't happen overnight. I got tired of the negativism of television news in my early 30s and had a deep set need to do something more positive.

When I announced I was going back to school to be a nurse, my Dad (now an orthopaedic surgeon) said, "Why not a doctor?" I had my answer ready. I said, "I don't want to be the person who says, you have cancer, you have diabetes, you have heart failure or the like. I want to be the person who says, 'Ok, so you have this problem, let's find the best ways to live with it. Let's make your life work around this disease not stop because of it." He said that was fair enough and encouraged me right back into school.

Ten years later I can tell you simply–I Love Being A Nurse!

What I want to know from all of you, is this: Why Nursing?

I am truly curious. Is this your lifelong dream? Are you changing careers? Does it seem like a strong business prospect for the future or a stepping stone to somewhere else? What path led you to nursing school?

Please answer in the comments section at the bottom of this posting.

I can't wait to hear your stories!

7 Responses to “Why Are You In Nursing School?”

  1. Ashlee Chandler Says:

    I chose nursing after September 11. I was in High School and I remember feeling so helpless while watching the footage of those tragic days. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be in a profession where I could reach out and help if something like that were to happen ever again. It was a struggle to get to nursing school, and I changed my mind in college. After earning a psychology degree, I went back with my heart’s desire and went back to nursing. I have been a nurse for 2 years, and I love every minute of it. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are doing what God created you for, and I hope and pray I always feel this way about my profession.

  2. sgdorshaw Says:

    I became a nurse because when I told my high school counsellor I wanted to be an engineer she told me that women could not be engineers they could only be teachers, secretaries, or nurses. I wanted a job that would allow me to always be able to take care of myself and never have to rely on someone else so I became a nurse. Better to be a nurse than an unemployed engineer.

  3. Leigh Says:

    I was accepted into nursing school straight out of high school in a fluke chance. I never expected to develop such a strong passion for nursing and for life. I believe in the possibility of beauty, life, and hope in all things. I wanted to be an advocate for others. People go to hospitals for nursing care. It is that specific care that helps them become better and more comfortable. Knowing that I have and am going to play a part in that crucial role is the most rewarding thing I can think of to do with my life. I plan on being a nurse for the rest of my life.

  4. Fred Says:

    Jen, I never knew you wanted to be a veterinarian. Sonofagun! Every day a learning experience. Love, Dad.

  5. Redneck RN Says:

    My passion does not come from the business that in some cases pays less than other careers like Fedex. It doesn’t come from being set up to fail in the patient care areas I have practiced with under staffing and inadequate equipment. It doesn’t come from hospitals that exploit Christ as a selling point. It IS every bit the discharge of someone in better health with that awesome smile of appreciation.

  6. Sarah-Melissa Says:

    I have been a medical administrator for 10 years. Taught MD’s to use EMR’s, billing/coding, even ran a practice. I had always wanted to be a nurse but was intimidated by the schooling…in 2009 I was able to go on a medical mission to Nuba Mountains, Sudan (the place George Cloony just returned from). I was able to get elbow deep into what it meant to be a nurse. I held the hands of the dying, welcomed new life into the world, and observed the miracles that can happen in the operating room. I was hooked and there was no turning back…I have pics of my time in Sudan all over my study area for inspiration. I will return some day to the Nuba Mountains to thank them for giving me the courage to become a nurse until then I will keep on keepin on until May 2013.

  7. Tomora Says:

    I desire to become a Nurse because it feels like a calling. How amazing
    it is to help take care of human kind. I applied to Nursing school yesterday and I am awaiting my acceptance letter. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business
    Administration. I am going to take Nursing to its highest degree. I have a strong desire to bring comfort and care to others. *Nurse Bound*

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