I Don’t know why I chose Nursing

I am in my first semester or RN school and I honestly couldn’t give a good reason of why I am even thinking about nursing! I feel depressed all the time, when I sit and think about it I just want to cry! But on the other hand I feel so guilty because my parents are paying for my education…and I just don’t know what to do! I mean so far i have done well on the tests and the math portions..and I am also a CNA but I just can’t see myself as an RN for the rest of my career. And I know I don’t want to be a CNA(crap job) either. I feel so damned confused about what I want to do…I get so deepressed because I feel like I am supposed to know by now. All I knwo is that I want to be a sucessful woman and most likely work in a buisness. I am so glad that I am not alone in the way I feel! Thanks!

-Confused in TN-


Old Comments:

  1. Hi Confused! I'll bet your parents are paying for the education because they want you to be successful in a career that makes you happy and fulfilled--not to be a nurse NO MATTER WHAT. I'm a parent--I know! Be honest with them. It's your life and your future, and you will only feel more and more trapped the deeper you get into your nursing studies.
  2. I am weeks away from completing my junior year of nursing school. I feel exactly the same way as you. I am so depressed and I don't know what else to do with my life if I get out. At first I was very happy but then I realized that this is not what I want to do. I cry all the time.
  3. I see by your "story" you are one of the many that don't understand what being a Nurse really means. Like yourself, many have entered the Nursing Profession lately for all the wrong reasons. I truly believe it is a calling, not just a job someone may think they will try or because it's in demand & they think it's a quick easy buck. I have been a Nurse for 32 years & my husband one for 15. I always knew I wanted to take care of people, it was a second nature to me. I've been around long enough to do all the crap jobs, but caring for people, no matter where they are...ICU, Long Term Care, Newborn Nursery.... is innate & you either have it or you don't.
    I suggest if someone is considering entering the Nursing Profession, they need to look within themself & ask if they can accept the responsibility of this wonderful Profession.
  4. I've seen your same post copied in reply to several "stories" and
    can't help to think that you are one of those people who
    are contributing to the problem. most nurses I know are pretty unhappy with their working conditions, but deep down really want things to get better...you don't fix problems by pretending they don't exist. The person who wrote this story is just getting started and you're already telling her she wants to be a nurse for the wrong reasons? Just becauseyou think you are some kind of Saint born with the gift to be the perfect nurse doesn't give you the right to attack other people who see the ups and downs of things. Nursing is a very frustrating career, that's the reality.
  5. I feel for you in trying to decide whether or not to continue in a nursing career. I have been an RN for 26 yrs and have always worked in it full time. You would think with that much experience I would have some awesome insight to tell you, but I don't. I have always loved nursing and felt that it was a good fit for me. However, nursing school was very hard and I considered dropping out of school numerous times. I have always been glad that I stuck it out. However, as I age, I kind of feel "stuck" in a very physical job and I no longer have the joy I once had for nursing. I have always shyed away from supervisory positions. I have been a supervisor a couple of times, but I didn't enjoy it and missed patient contact, so wound up going back to patient care. But now that I'm older I think maybe it was a mistake to not get management experience. My very physical job is getting harder, as I am now 48, and I think I cannot always do this. So I have entered into a new era with my profession and keep looking for something in nursing that I would enjoy that's not supervisory, but now so physical either. I hope maybe this helps some. Good Luck! Nursing really is a good profession, but you have to search your heart and see if it's really what you want.
  6. Get out now... this field sucks. Show your parents this web site and they'll see. GET OUT NOW!