Why did you become a nurse? Why would you recommend the profession to someone else? Was the schooling harder than the actual job?
We've had lots of posts from people thinking about getting into the nursing profession, but uncertain about whether it's really for them or not. They wonder if they're too old. Or smart enough. Or have a strong enough stomach.
I'm hoping those of you who have already taken this journey into nursing will help answer some of these questions. What's your best advice to someone thinking about nursing school? Encouragement is great, but reality is important, too. Do you feel like it was worth it? Has it met your expectations? Would you do it again, knowing what you know now?
For me, nursing has been the greatest profession I could have had. I decided in 2nd grade that this is what I wanted to do and managed to sail through college with a solid B- (I don't actually remember how I did, but trust me, I'm no genius). I tolerated my first couple of jobs, but ended up landing in Family Practice medicine, which I love. And I'm darn good at it, if I do say so myself. I am fulfilled. I love going to work. I add value at my job. It's everything I could have asked for.
This is my story...but it's not everyone's. My hope is that all of you considering nursing could have the same experience I did. But if you're over 7 and still wondering if it's the job for you, you're already on a different track :) Hopefully some of our other readers can help guide you in the process with words of wisdom and encouragement.