I went through several majors before considering nursing, but as time went by, I came to realize more and more that nursing was my true calling. I wanted to bring something new to the table and had an undying love for helping others who were in need. Below are three reasons I chose became a nurse, and I hope these reasons will help others like myself discover if nursing is right for them or not.
1. You want to be a part of the change you see in the healthcare industry.
If you’ve have had poor experiences with nurses like I have, then you’ll more than likely crave a change in this behavior. If you’re a compassionate and loving individual with patience to boot then you already have a lot to offer as a nurse. In addition, if you bring new and innovative ideas to the table (such as holistic health or integrative medicine) then you have much to offer in the expansive knowledge base that makes up nursing.
2. You have a strong desire to help others.
If empathy and the want to heal are two of your strongest qualities, then nursing may be right for you. As a nurse you’ll encounter plenty of patients that are in need of healing, and by showing empathy you will make them feel as though they are truly cared for. A false sense of empathy is undesirable, however, which is why a truly empathetic person would thrive in the nursing field.
3. You love the medical field, but don’t want all the responsibilities that come with being a doctor.
Doctors have it rough nowadays. You’re responsible for patients, paperwork, and everyone that works below you. As a nurse you still have responsibility, but a lot less falls on your shoulders compared to doctors themselves. Nurses make a good support system as well and help to ease some the pressure on doctors.
4. You can’t afford to go to medical school to become a doctor, but want a medical career.
I think there are plenty of nurses that wanted to be doctors, but merely didn’t have the monetary means to do so. Medical school is expensive and competitive, and most people don’t have the money to pay for it anymore. So for those who crave a career in the medical field, but can’t afford a decade of schooling, nursing may be right for you.
There are many more reasons to become a nurse, but for me these reasons were at the top of my list. While the want for high monetary compensation is understandable, it should never be the driving force for your choice in career. Choose a career you love so you don’t take away from the quality of the work you put in to it.