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Will nursing help me change as a individual ?

how will it change me

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Dallas’s Answer

Nursing will absolutely change you as a person. You will develop empathy on a level you never knew existed. You find strength to argue for what you know to be true and right. You have endless opportunities to advocate for people who may be facing the worst day of their lives. You will develop your ability to provide comfort to individuals who need it. Your knowledge about the Sciences (math, biology, chemistry) will significantly increase, as will your ability to care for people emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
I have worked in critical care and emergency medicine for most of my career. I find I still learn something from every patient, whether it be about the Sciences or whether I gain something from them in terms of personal growth and compassion.
So the short answer to your question is Yes. If you have a passion for what you do, It will change you every day.
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Gabriel’s Answer

I don't work in nursing. (University financial aid.) I thought you deserved an answer though...mostly because of the way you asked the question. The body of the message asked "how will it change me?", but the subject line used the phrase, "help me change as an individual". If you're looking for answers on how it will affect your work/life balance, etc. it's probably not too tough for you, your school or your family to find someone practicing in the field to tell you about the day-to-day. But...and apologies if I read to much into it...if the key part of that was "help ME change"...talk to a friend, teacher you trust, parents...it's okay to be unsure about things. Ask for real input from people in your life. My parents saw that I had a passion for cooking at a young age. They pushed hard for me to go to culinary school. My fear was that if it was my "job" and not my passionate hobby/skill...it might turn sour to me. I was a theatre kid in high school but didn't want to try as a living for "practical" reasons. If nursing is your passion...follow it...but ALWAYS ask questions. You'll be happier in life if you like your work...I didn't go to college to end up working in financial aid (few do) but I love that there is a new challenge every day, I get to think critically and I help students and co-workers solve problems. And that job for almost 20 years helped me get two Master's degrees too...

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Nazeena’s Answer

That's a beautiful question very complex. I'm a nurse and before I talk about how nursing will change you, firstly just "growing up" and becoming an adult, a spouse, a parent, etc all these things change you. When you go from student to worker you change, when you are 20 you are different than at 30 and 40 and 50... so everyone changes with life. However if you want to know how nursing will change you - it will make your more compassionate, it will make you work harder, it will make you resentful of those that don't care about their lives or someone else's, it will make you sharper, it will make you want to help the world. It will make you very in tune with your health and your future as you see people wtih so many illnesses, etc. It really depends on the type of nursing you do and the patients you encounter throughout your life. Before kids I didn't really connect with parents, but now that I am a mom I am sooooo much more connected to pediatric patients and their parents it's changed me again. Life along with your career will always change you.
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