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'My parents are sure nursing is for me; but I'm not'


Can you advise this potential student nurse?

“My mum is a nurse and my dad works in healthcare. Growing up it was always just kind of assumed that I would follow in their footsteps.

My parents have definitely (lovingly) pushed me in the direction of nursing, but I’m not totally sure that it’d be the right profession for me. I’m very needle-phobic, and I’m not sure I’d be able to keep up with the rigorous course and placement workload. I’ve also heard my mum complain about some patients that sound hard to deal with.

It’s not that I’m resentful of my parents; in fact, I respect them more than anyone else I know. I’m just not sure that I want to be just like them. What can I do to be sure that my fear of going into nursing is valid enough to tell my parents I don’t want to be a nurse?”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • From somebody that persevered down the wrong route for a long time, I would say life if too short to spend it doing something that makes you unhappy. I am lucky enough to now do something that makes me very happy, although I don't think gaining spiritual fulfillment in a job should be an absolute end goal, leaving a job which compromises your own values, and happiness is a must. Good luck!

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  • I think that it would be helpful for you to get some healthcare experience yourself, and talk with more nurses, rather than 'seeing it through your parents eyes'. This way you will be able to see if nursing is, in fact, for you. There are all different types of nursing ( some with more needles than others!) and whilst the type of nursing that your parents are familiar with may not be for you, it may be a career that would bring you great enjoyment and satisfaction. Certainly worth exploring in more detail. Best of luck.

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  • There are many types of Nurses that you can be , some Nurses don't have to use a needle. So I advice you to look at different types of Nurses. You had said that you don't think you will be able to keep up with the rigorous course and placement workload that comes with Nursing. My advice for you if you really do not want to be a Nurse try to look for other jobs in the health sector.

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