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"Should I take up nursing?"


Can you help someone make a career decision? 

“Since leaving university, I have been stuck in admin jobs at companies I don’t care much about. I’ve always had an interest in helping people, and my mum has said so many times that I’d make a great nurse. 

“I’ve strongly considered it for months now, but the stories I am reading about nursing have made me think I’d be crazy to give up a safe 9-5 job to do something so stressful. 

“And yet I am still thinking about it. So I registered with Nursing Times and figured I’d ask some nurses for advice! Should I quit my job and become a nurse? How do I make such a decision?” 



Readers' comments (3)

  • Maybe you could get some work experience first? I also used to feel this way in my 9-5 job and now in my first year of training. I won't look back! Loving it so far.

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  • I would get some experience first as it can be very demanding.
    I’m not a nurse myself but I’ve currently worked in the community as a carer and now in the hospital as a HCA and I love it!
    I’ve got into uni this September to start my nursing.
    I recommend getting the experience as my fellow friends who went to uni without the experience first quit because they didn’t understand what nursing was really about. 😀

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  • Hi,

    Have you thought about shadowing / volunteering with a Nursing team, so you get an idea of what is involved. It would give you chance to 'test the water' first. We have volunteers come to us at our community based Respiratory Service. It is an MDT approach and so you get an idea of what is involved...chance to meet the staff and patients and see how Nursing fits into a particular area.
    Obviously your current commitments may will have an impact on how much time you could commit to doing this but I think it is where I would start.

    Good luck.

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