Sunday, April 27, 2008

Week 1. August 1988. "Why do you want to be a nurse?"

During the first week of Nursing 100, Old Military Nurse Instructor encourages her nursing students to share their reason for wanting to become a nurse. Of course, most of the 35 women and 1 man in the room are there because they want to help people. For some it is a calling. I was there because I needed a job that pays more than I was currently making (barely above minimum wage) and it was obvious that the local bread-and-butter, factory labor, would one day become a thing of the past. "Nothing altruistic about that" says Instructor. She added that she thought it was acceptable to wish to be a nurse; even if your motives were less-than-altruism. Perhaps she knew that one day my desire to be a member of this profession would evolve into something more than a paycheck.

2 comments:

Neumed said...

A couple of good posts here. You're off to a good start. I hope you continue on with more of the same.

Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

I agree that it's okay to want a job that is secure and pays well. Patients will pick that up immediately if it's the ONLY reason though. It really is a calling in my opinion. I will add you to my link list on both sites. Love you too put one to www.npplace.com on yours as well. Thanks!

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