Growing up, I always knew there was something different about me. Everyone always told me how kind and caring I was. Every time I had a doctor’s appointment I was curious about what they were doing and why. I never lost my curiosity, and I guess a big part was my caring nature that led me to decide on a nursing career. The most definitive decision that interested me in nursing is a medical condition I grew up with that nobody recognized.
As a young child, I could do things other kids could, but they came difficult. I couldn’t run as fast as others and would tire easily. Getting up off the ground was a difficult task and required the strength of my arms, later to be determined was due to weak leg muscles. To this day, I still have yet to be diagnosed, but that’s a work in progress. This, I believe, is the overall reason that gave me an interest in health care and wanting to be a nurse; so I could finally understand my body and the way it works.
Several factor influenced my decision in choosing nursing. The main one being as I was growing older, I was becoming more interested in finding answers for why my body worked the way it did. However, I knew going into nursing would be hard work. I would have to pay for schooling, and recognize how much dedication was needed. For example, many science classes would require infinitive amounts of studying. Paying for school wasn’t something I had help with, so I had to ask myself, is this something I could be dedicated for doing the rest of my life? At the end of the day, after all the schooling and all the money, would it be worth it? The answer is yes.
If you are considering nursing as a career, then I recommend you take the time to sit down and really think about if this is something you are able to do. Consider the hours and cost for school. Then think about the hours of a nursing job. Can you clean up after people or does the thought of that gross you out? Can you stay on your feet for long periods of time? If the answer is no, then you are not going to like nursing, but if you don’t get grossed out, you don’t mind working long or odd hours, you are fine all day on your feet, and have that caring nature, you will love your job and make a great nurse.