Someone requested a blog post on why I chose to become a nurse, and at first I thought YESSSS amazing idea, The more I think about it thought, the more I’m not sure how many of you will be interested. I have still chosen to give it a go though…
For as long as I can possibly remember I have always wanted to work with children. They have always fascinated me. I just think they are so interesting, the way they learn, the way they act and the way they grow. When I went to do my A levels I chose to do Health and Social care. At this point I still wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it. I was thinking maybe a Primary school Teacher, or a nursery nurse. Becoming a Paediatric Nurse at this point hadn’t crossed my mind. I then become interested in midwifery when it was coming for time to choose my A levels, but I still just was not sure.
My Grandad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s which as you can imagine had a huge impact on us all as a family. Unfortunately my Grandad’s care in some areas was so poor! He was being neglected in nursing homes, and sometimes on wards whenever he was admitted. To say this was heartbreaking would be an understatement. I always wondered how could anyone ever do something like that to someone so vulnerable. Someone who has lived their life being so independent, suddenly having to rely on other people.. as if that isn’t hard enough your now ignored and stripped of your dignity.
This was a huge turning point for me. It’s always been in my nature to care, maybe a little too much sometimes, but that’s just me. I then knew that I wanted to become a nurse, and I wanted to do it for the right reasons. Obviously at the time I had not worked in a care setting before, so I had not seen the stress and pressure put on staff. When it’s your loved one that’s not what you focus on. However I still say to this day, I do not believe that is an excuse for you to not do your job and care for people. I decided I wanted to come a nurse to care for other people, to help other people and to build therapeutic relationships and make a difference to some people lives. As I still wanted to work with children, being a Paediatric nurse just seemed like the natural route to take.
The university course was very full on. I am not the most academic person in the world, but give me practical work to do and I seem to be so much better at proving my skills. I found placements a lot more enjoyable and educational than the university work, that’s my learning style though. Let me tell you, it was a tough 3 years, and very full on. A lot of university students seem to never be in university and have around 5 months off for summer. This course was far from that. It was a mixture of practical placements and theory. The time off was minimal, and when on placement you worked 37 your shifts a week. If nursing wasn’t for you, you would soon work that out in the first year of university.
I don’t regret a single second of my career choice. I absolutely love my job!! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I am thinking of writing a blog post specifically on what being a nurse means to me? The challenges, the ups and the downs of the job.
I am proud to be a nurse, and I am proud when I tell people what my job is. If I can make a difference in some people’s lives, then I have achieved more than I could ever imagine in my job role! I laugh, I cry, I care and I make mistakes. I will forever do whatever it takes and keep learning to be the best possible nurse I can be!