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Studying to Be a Nurse? You Better Really Want It!

Nursing is a great profession. There’s a sense of pride in being able to help people, and there is incredible potential for income, especially when it comes to overtime.

However, being a nurse is no easy task. While many think of the schooling, and then the test (find out more here:, there is a fairly brutal period just after graduation that weeds out many candidates.

In this article we will discuss the environment many new nurses go through, and then discuss how you can overcome it and succeed.

“Is It Bullying?” he asked

John was a US Marine who used his GI Bill to go to Niagara University and study nursing. Having gone through the rite of passage on Parris Island he felt sure that anything required of him as a nurse wouldn’t be a problem.

However, he found that when he began his first job his schedule was being changed on short notice, he was being spoken to unnecessarily harshly, and was once misled about a particular administrative requirement, which he was then written up for.

Late one evening he went to the local VFW Hall to unwind. He talked to the Post Commander about what was going on at work. The Post Commander shook his head gravely.

“Yeh,” the rough voice of an old Army Sergeant said, “I’ve heard about the bullying that goes on with nurses.”

“Is it bullying?” John asked.

It is, and many supervisors get away with it because hospitals are sometimes taking on the student loans for young kids fresh out of college – loans they might have borrowed way too much on. However, John didn’t have any loans, and he wasn’t about to endure another year or two of the kind of games that went on in the Marine Corps.

Later in the evening he got a call that he was needed back at the hospital right away after having just worked 12 hours. To push back in a diplomatic manner he told his supervisor he wasn’t feeling well.

“You’ll have to use a sick day,” she threatened.

“That’s what they’re for,” he replied. “Right?”

He considered quitting, but then thought about his long-term goals.

Rise Strong & Carry On

John thought of all the reasons he wanted to be a nurse, and when times get tough you’ll have to do the same.

Are you becoming a nurse because you could make good money? If that’s the only reason then you’ll need to find another one. After all, one can do that in any field from teaching to banking to selling coffee.

For the majority of nurses who want to help heal people, caring for them in a way that only a specialist can, the long-term vision you hold will fuel your passion and help you push through any nonsense that might come, particularly in the early years.

You really do have a great opportunity for a career if you’re pursuing nursing, but there will be some days that are harder than others. By remembering why you’re doing this you will be able to get through the challenges that come.