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Would nursing be a good career to go in to if I want to be around people?

Updated Oviedo, Florida

I love talking to people and don't want to sit at a desk for my job. #pediatric-nursing #career-counseling #career-choice #nursing #medicine

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Jeanne’s Answer

Updated Nutley, New Jersey

Nursing is an excellent career choice if you want to be around people. However, liking people cannot be the only reason. Nursing is a calling, a true passion. Already being a "people person" is a great plus. Nurses encounter all kinds of people everyday, from every walk of life, age and bad people too! From your question, you sound energetic and perhaps bubbly which are all good qualities but remember in Nursing dealing with sick people, not everyone is receptive. A thick skin is a plus. Try volunteering first if you are unsure. You can volunteer in Hospice, Nursing Home, or Hospital. Volunteering is a great way to get a feel for different environments and "try them on for size". I was lucky, I knew that Nursing was my one true calling all of my life. I too love being around people and have taken my share of lumps as not every one of my patients has always wanted to interact. Just the way I learned, you will too through experience and perseverance. In the meantime, start applying to Nursing Schools because there will likely be waiting lists. Good Luck!

Jeanne recommends the following next steps:

  • Apply to Nursing Schools
  • Volunteer
  • Search your heart and find your true passion!

Richard W’s Answer

Nursing has many options, from 1:1 interaction with patients who can't talk to you, to lot's of interaction where talking is a huge asset. The best nurses, and by that I mean the most liked with the highest ratings from their patients or the parents of the patient, are the ones who narrate the care that they give. It's a true art to be able to chat with a patient while you explain what you are doing and why you are doing it. Patients feel really comfortable with narrated care, and they feel that the care was of higher quality when narrated. Think about it, if someone came into your room and did something without explaining it, you might think that they were in the wrong room, right? If someone comes in to your room, acknowledges you, introduces themselves, states how long something might take, explains what is going on, and thanks you for your time... Wow, what a difference. So, if you like to talk and you like being around people, I hope I can hire you when you become a nurse!