Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yes, a Nurse. Really.

I have been resisting the urge to run down the halls announcing my resignation to everyone. I feel that if my boss wants others to know I am leaving, she will announce it herself. (Don’t get me wrong though, I would love nothing more than to run these halls saying “see ya suckers!!” Alas, I must remain professional)

Obviously she has announced it somehow.

I have been getting calls left and right from co-workers and old bosses asking me about it. They all seem to think “going back to school” is code for something else. I have to explain that yes, I am really going back to school. No, I am not on some secret mission. Most are pretty happy for me and seem generally supportive. Others question my decision to go into Nursing.

I haven’t really told many people I am doing this other than family and a few close friends. They have all been extremely supportive. I have heard stories about how others have gotten mixed responses about their decision to pursue this career. Some get the third degree about it and are made to feel they are just not cut out for Nursing. I am finally getting those kind of responses and I have to say, they definitely sting a little.

My old boss, who has always been my favorite person to work for, called me this morning and quizzed me about it. “You know that is a tough job right?” “Are you sure you really want to do that?” “You know you will be taking a huge pay cut right?” “How does your husband feel about it?” I understand the concern. It is a big decision. It is not a decision that I have taken lightly though. It is not something I just woke up one day and said “Hmmm….I guess nursing sounds good. Why the hell not?” I am fully prepared for the challenges that I am going to face from every angle while doing this.

I want others to feel like I am going to be a good nurse, like this is something that they can see me doing. I want to feel like I exude the “nurse aura” so when I get comments that are negative, it hurts my self confidence. When people say to me “Nursing? Really?” as if it is some big shock that I have chosen that particular career path, it really hurts.

Of course these type comments have been few and far between compared to the praise I am getting but when they come from people that you respect it makes them seem so much bigger. I won’t let these people bring me down though. I have worked too hard already to let a few harsh words get to me.

Yes, I am going to be a nurse, and yes, I am going to be a good one.


  1. Good for you! Don't let it bother you in the least. The most important people think you are cut out for it and support you, right? (Your own family!) So don't look back! You will be a great nurse! :) (btw, I was told I couldn't possibly be a good nurse to my face by a i know how much that hurts.)

  2. Never let them get you down!!! You've made an awesome, well thought out decision. I got some of the same comments and questions when I jumped ship and headed back to school to become a nurse, but I chose to focus on the positive. Remember, you could always respond with something like "Why yes, I'm going to be a nurse. Then I'll get to stick needles in jackholes like you!" Be sure to smile while you say it!

  3. Some folks really HATE change of any kind. I had many naysayers as well. It is you that needs the desires to succeed and you that will have to pick yourself up some days and tell yourself. I can do this. I will do this. Only your opinion really counts here.


  4. Hell yes you are! And don't let anyone tell you differently! Believing in yourself is 90% of the battle and it will get you through!

    I can't wait to read about about the journey!

  5. I heard all the same comments when I told everyone I was leaving my job for Nursing School. I heard some negative and a lot of positive. I think only one comment stuck in my head because it came from someone unexpected, the assumption that nursing school was hard and maybe I wouldn't be able to do it.

    Well if a 98.7%, 92.25% and a 93.75% weren't doing it I don't know what was!?!

    You can and will do it!

  6. Another person who heard the same comments when leaving my job - a lot more negative than positive ones at that. You are going to make a GREAT nurse!