Being a nurse made me a better man…

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Would you have missed out on your entire life if you hadn’t become a nurse? I would have. Here’s why:

Nursing has afforded me so much more than just a new job or new vocation. It’s become a new way of life for me. It’s in everything I do, everything I say…it’s in everything. Funny I never really thought of it that way until now.

If I hadn’t become a nurse, would I still be doing what I did prior to my entrance into nursing? Or would I have moved on to something different? I do admit that I enjoyed my previous career, but the lifestyle and financial strains would have got the better of me.

Would I still be living in the same geographical location? Hard to say. I did hopscotch around a bit in my pre-nurse era.

Would I still be in dire financial straits? Probably. I cant’ tell you how scary it was to live paycheck to paycheck and have to decide which bill to pay. Having to choose between electricity to your apartment or eating was not something I want to relive.

Would I love my job, my career, and my co-workers as much as I do now? It’s safe to say you embed yourself into the nursing culture, and it becomes a part of you both personally and professionally. I’m not sure I’d be as lucky in a different career choice.

Personally I feel that I’d be worlds apart from my current life. I’m married to a nurse, one I met in nursing school! My heart stops at the idea of not meeting her.

On that note, I think my personal life flourished once I made the transition to being a nurse. I can’t explain it, but life got a whole lot better, and maybe a tad bit easier in many respects (you’d be surprised how uninformed non-nurses can be about some of the most important things).

I became a nurse because of how it touched and changed my life during a very trying time. I guess everything does happen for a reason, because nursing has given me more than I could ever have asked for. Yep. Becoming a nurse made me a better man.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a nurse??


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