Friday, January 20, 2006

Why Nurse? My take.



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A number of folks have been coming here with the question "Why Become a Nurse" or Why Choose Nursing". Here is my take. I hope to get some other opinions for you over the next few months. Stay tuned.

11 Comments:

Blogger A Nuyorican said...

Hi. There's something wrong with the link. I was able to see the problem and change it in order to download it. But you need to fix the link on your end.

4:14 AM  
Blogger A Nuyorican said...

You will make an excellent nurse. I remember the day as if it was yesterday when you got the courage to send for the application. It was after one of our fabulous talks. Although, I truly miss our talks in the office. I am so proud you took the steps to achieving your dream.

4:24 AM  
Blogger missbhavens said...

It's going to be interesting to see what nursing looks like when the old guard veteran nurses retire (the ones who chose nursing because it was either that or teaching) leaving behind a giant workforce of second-career adult-returning student nurses who got into the profession for reasons like yours. Nursing as a whole can only be changed for the better by it.

I've been begging my staff to talk on camera about nursing. I've had a hard time getting takers so PLEASE do that with your fellow students! it'll be so interesting!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Nurse2B said...

Hey, thanks for the heads up on the link Nuyorican, it should be fixed now. And thanks for the very kind words.

Yes, that is an interesting thought, missb. I am constantly amazed how many people are choosing nursing later in life. I thought it might be fun to get some veterans on video too. I'm going to go for as many perspectives as I can get.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Third Degree Nurse said...

Good blog, Monika. I'm eager to see where you'll go with the topic.

As for me, I had my personal life experience that led me to this path, but the one factor I feel is really important to mention is the excitement of learning so much about medicine, healing and science. No matter how much I learned in previous fields, I was always wishing I had time to learn more about health and health care and reading science topics became my hobby.

Now that hobby is integrated into my work.

I wrote a good deal about my previous dumb logic in making career decisions on the "About Me" page of my blog.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Russell said...

Monika, first things first - this is just a fabulous Blog. You are brilliant! I stumbled on it via Google when doing some research for an assignment.
I really like the 'Why Nurse' theme, it's a great way to share motivation and provoke thought. I especially like the video perspectives you have obtained from others.
As for me....well, I'm really a late starter as a nursing student -try entering a BN program at 55! Much like you, I was settled in a career....actually as a hospital administrator....but was increasingly disillusioned with management and seemingly endless efficiency drives and budget cuts. So I decided to get hands on.
In 2004/5 I did a 12 month Enrolled Nurse program here in Sydney, Australia (the equivalent of your LPN I think) and this year I've started the Bachelor's program in Nursing. And it's just great. I enjoy working with, and making a real contribution to, the lives of people.
I've logged your Blog as a favourite and look forward to keeping in touch. Best of luck with your studies this Semester!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Nurse2B said...

Hi Russell,

Thanks for writing! It is so encouraging to hear about other people of "a certain" age doing this crazy endevour. I wish you all the best.
Please stay in touch.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I am 51 and will be starting school this fall. I retired from the US Navy and decided to get a nursing degree with my GI Bill after spending a summer taking care of my mom while she was in the hospital and rehab after complications from knee surgery. It was very frustrating to be so ignorant about hospital/care procedures, terminology, etc.
Also, I met many bad nurses who just didn't care or have the attention to detail that I feel is necessary to be a good nurse.

4:38 PM  
Blogger michelle84 said...

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11:56 AM  
Blogger michelle84 said...

Mrs. Lyman,

First off, I would like to say what a wonderful and informative website you have going! I found it very helpful and easy to locate different things on your page.I have been looking up many websites and trying to take in as much information I can about Nursing and all the different aspects of it... I have been actively looking into Nursing for about three months now, and am positive now that it is my calling, because of all the help from others like you and researching for myself. I recently got out of the USAF as a Security Forces member and felt very unfulfilled although most of my enlistment was spent in Iraq, I felt like it was the wrong kind of contribution. I came across Anesthesiology and fell in love with that idea. I thought of becoming a DR. but I have drifted away from that idea... Although it seems like a very far off dream I believe that is where my calling is. I found so much information on your site that I had to write to you and let you know how helpful you are to people, I am sure you have many Emails and blogs like this, as you should you clearly deserve it! I am twenty two years old and just now starting my core classes because I went into the Military at eighteen, and I was unable to take care of any of my college while I was serving. So here I am now trying to get the ball rolling... I wanted to know if you have any suggestions for me to get a head start on some of the material or maybe just general knowledge that will help me in the future when I start getting closer to my Nursing courses. I believe it is never to soon to start learning... I appreciate all the help from your website and anything else you have to add.

Thank You Very Much,

Sincerely,

Michelle Williams

11:59 AM  
Blogger Keisha said...

Hello, my name is Keisha and I am going to become an LPN and then an RN and so forth. I am really excited about the growth opportunities for nurses and also the wonderful career.

6:48 PM  

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