I think it's safe to say that anyone who is interested in becoming a nurse can all agree on the same reasons as to why they feel lead to go to school for this profession. Maybe a friend, or someone in your family, with a medical condition that motivated you to pursue medicine, so you could make a difference in the lives of those who made deal with the same condition. Maybe you see it as a way to make good money! Or your parents wanted you to pursue it because of the good income and long-term benefits. Or maybe you're drawn to this field because of the action, the adrenaline, or the fact that medicine simply just excites you! Better yet, maybe you're just born with it! Maybe you're just born with the natural desire to help people! something a lot of humans lack in life. A selfless character willing to train and study hard to change people's lives..... To give them HOPE. And there's nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with any of the reasons I just mentioned. Those reasons are what make you the kind of nurse you are today... or will become!
People are always going to ask you, "Why?" People are always going to question what you are doing. But instead of getting mad at them for questioning your decision and getting defensive, change your perspective. maybe they're asking because they lost hope and chasing after their dreams or goals in life and because they see someone like you getting up off your butt and doing something about it, they ask "Why?"
A lot of people in this world have goals and visions for how they want their life to play out, but a lot of people are too scared to make it happen because of excuse X, Y and/or Z. I would know because I used to be that person!
However, I do think it is important for us to think about how we would answer that question. Not just to be ready to have an answer (because I used to think that simply having an answer was good enough, OR that if I didn't have an answer I would loose that person's interest and they wouldn't take me seriously), but to help YOURSELF know why.
Many of us go through life making choices here and they're not ever asking ourselves "Why" FIRST! Again... I would know because I used to be that person.
So...... If someone asks me "Why do you want to be a nurse?" I would love to say with confidence:
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Not just the absence of disease or infirmity. It's a universal Journey we all go through and can all relate to no matter who you are. "
So is LOVE. The universal language we all know and share. Love is also a complete physical, mental and social well-being, not to mention a journey we all go through no matter who you are.
I want to be a nurse because I want to touch the lives of many, inspire people to be the best they can be and help them see that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, for, gentleness and self control is still a very real and life-changing state of well-being, and that no matter who they are or what they've done, they deserve healing and they deserve to be loved.
It's not just about medicine!! It's about being that shoulder they can cry on, that hand they can hold, that safe place to vent, that person that has good advice for that young teenage girl, advice for that Mom that feels like she's not good enough, or maybe even that child struggling with the longing, or to encourage a father that his relationship with his daughter isn't over with, or to be that encouragement for a young adult struggling with what they're going to do with the rest of their lives, or maybe... Someone just needs a good friend and a good laugh in their life! Once again....I would know because I used to be that person.
Nursing is LOVE. And love speaks to the HEART, which is so much bigger than just medicine or money. These people come to us with their lives. They need someone to fight for them.... And that's exactly what I plan to do........
This is "why" I want to be a nurse.