As children, we were oftentimes asked in school what we wanted to be when we grow up, it is usually followed by questions why we wanted to be such and sometimes, we would even be asked to write a long essay about it. Usually, kids would simply say “I want to be a nurse because I want to wear white” or “I want to be a doctor because I want to be a superhero”. However, as the years pass by, we gain more wisdom and the reason behind our aspirations become deeper and more meaningful.
It is known to many that the road to becoming a nurse isn’t an easy path. In fact, there are tons of challenges to face, long chapters to memorize and lots of sleep to be sacrificed. However, despite the challenge the course poses, there are still a number of students who wish to pursue nursing and aim to be a successful nurse someday. Let us take a peek of the reasons of some students why they chose to pursue nursing:
It runs in the family
Some enroll in this course since most of their relatives are nurses, too. For them, it is a given that they too should become a nurse just like their aunts and cousins.
To seek greener pasture
While others enter the nursing profession due to other reasons, some students chose to enroll in nursing in the hope that they, someday, will be able to earn lots of money from the job. Relatives and friends during family reunions and occasions would often brag about the salary that their son or daughter who is a nurse abroad is earning. They would tell those around them about how they can now relax since the pay of their child is already enough to support them, how they get to buy the things they wanted and many more. Intrigued and enthralled, you, too, enter the nursing profession hoping that you would get to live your dream of living a luxurious lifestyle someday.
However, what others do not know is that not all nurses are paid adequately. There are those who work their butts off and just get paid for a meager amount.
All my friends are enrolling here, so…
Some students, upon graduating from high school are still undecided on where they will enroll to and what course they will take up. So, seeing most of their friends enrolling in nursing, makes it easier for them to make the decision. Where their friends go, they go, too. “We’re all in this together,” right?
To go abroad
This one is similar to financial reasons. Some students chose nursing in the hopes of getting to work abroad someday and of course be financially stable. For them, nursing is their one way ticket to Canada, USA and many others.
I need it as my pre-med course
Before one enrolls in medicine, he/she first needs to enroll in a pre-med course. Seeing how nursing is very much related to medicine, many find this association to be beneficial. They enroll in nursing because they believe that they will be able to learn a lot of things that would come in handy someday in med school.
I like the uniform
Some nurses admit to enrolling in nursing school due to the simple reason that they want to wear the all-white ensemble and the mighty cap, and sometimes, even the colorful scrubs.
I genuinely want to become an RN
Despite the reasons mentioned above, there are still a number of nurses who enroll in the nursing course not because they “have” to, but because they “want” to. There are still those who genuinely love this job and have envisioned their selves to become a nurse since their childhood days. Enrolling in nursing school has been their dream and has been what they have been dreaming of since they were little. For them, this is their calling as this profession offers the opportunity to serve, especially to care for the sick and the needy. They genuinely want others to become well and they find joy in seeing their once weak patients recover from their illnesses.
While the reasons may be different amongst students, what’s more important that we have a common goal, to eventually become a successful nurse someday. Though each person’s drives may be different, the path that we undergo is the same. It is important that aspiring nurses be motivated enough to push through this profession no matter how hard nursing school might become.