Everyone has their own reason for becoming a nurse, nobody goes into nursing for the same reason. Regardless of an individual’s reason for choosing nursing as a career, I am of the belief that nurses are born, not made. Some people are natural-born caregivers, and these are kind of people most commonly choosing nursing as their life’s work. My journey into nursing was difficult. I wanted to be a nurse from the age of eight, but changed my mind numerous times before finally deciding I was born to be a nurse. The reason I ultimately decided to become a nurse, however, can be narrowed down to three reasons.
The thrill of helping people. From an early age, I always enjoyed helping people when they were hurt or sick. Whenever one of my parents were sick, even when I was little, I would be their constant companion. I would fix them soup, check their temperature, and perform any task or request they asked of me. Anytime a friend would fall and hurt themselves, I would always be first on the scene to provide first aid. I would even carry antibiotic ointment and bandaids around with me on a regular basis. A regular Florence Nightingale on the battlefield of the school playground.
Watching nurses work. Growing up, I suffered from a number of neurological and skeletal problems that required numerous surgeries, hospital stays, and doctor visits. My first surgery was at the age of eight, and watching the nurses give me my medications and change my IV fluids was fascinating to me. When I got a little older, around age 14, I had more surgeries. By this time I was old enough to understand more about what they were doing. I would ask questions about what medications I was receiving and why. I had an amazing nurse from New Zealand who was wonderful about explaining everything she was doing to me. Talking to her is what really solidified the idea of becoming a nurse in my mind.
College experiences. I had made up my mind that nursing was my goal when I finished high school and went on to college. Around the time I graduated from high school, however, I began to have doubts about whether or not I could cut it as a nurse. I entered college and decided not to declare nursing as a major, but still took basic courses that would be required should I decide for certain to make nursing my official major. I allowed one professor to talk me into declaring geology as my major, and every class I took made it more and more evident that I was headed in the wrong direction. I was unhappy and I knew what I had to do. Second semester of my sophomore year I officially declared nursing as my major and never looked back.
Deciding to become a nurse was the best decision I ever made. Because of my experiences in the hospital as a child, I decided the place for me was the pediatric operating room. Most of my learning has happened on the job-not the classroom-and I have learned so much since starting my career. Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers you can have, and I consider myself blessed to call myself a registered nurse.