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Q&A | Why do I want to become a nurse?

I’m still working on putting together some more Meet a Reader posts, so today we’ll do another Q&A round. 

Why the drive to become a nurse?

-Rose (remember her from a Meet a Reader post?)

For those who have missed the memo, right now I’m doing some pre-requisites for a nursing program, and when Zoe graduates from high school in two years, I plan to apply to the nursing program.

Kristen with a pH experiment

Me with a biology lab experiment. Pictures are required for proof of at-home labs!

Ideally, I’d love to eventually work in labor and delivery or the NICU, but I’m open to a variety of types of nursing. And my plan is to just work part-time so that I don’t get burnt out.

Anyway, there are lots of reasons I want to become a nurse. And none of them are financially motivated!

(I’m sure I could make more money than a nurse does if I just really threw myself into blogging full-time instead of the part-time way I do it now.)

Handwritten biology notes

So, here’s what I want to become a nurse.

 

I think God gave me some gifts that will fit well with nursing.

I am friendly, kind, and cheerful.

I like to help people.

I am happy to help people in very ordinary, mundane ways.

I am not remotely squeamish.

Pretty much every time I take a personality test of any type, when I look at the “recommended careers” section, nursing is near the top of the list. 

I am really interested in medical stuff

Anatomy and physiology was my favorite science to do with my kids.

My favorite parts of biology so far are the parts that have to do with the human body. And even outside of classes, I find myself reading about and researching medical stuff just for fun.

I have the money to pay for school in cash

I started an investment account some years ago for the purpose of squireling money away for school, which means that I don’t think I will incur any student debt.

I will be 45 when Zoe graduates from high school

Assuming I live an average lifespan, there are a lot of years left after 45! Like, maybe even half my lifetime.

And that means I probably have time for a whole ‘nother career.

I want to use those years for something meaningful and important, and helping other people feels like a very good use of my time.

I have time, a good brain, a healthy body, and plenty of abilities, and I don’t want to waste those gifts.

Long-time readers might remember that I helped my sister-in-law through her labor and delivery when my niece was stillborn, and I think that experience kind of helped me realize that this is important work and that I am capable of it.

Kristen helping a mom with a newborn.

So, Lord willing, in about four years, I’ll have some official letters to put next to my name. 

What’s the next home improvement project you’ve got on your list?

-Reese

(Here’s the post where you can meet Reese!)

You might laugh when you read this, but….painting our bedroom.

FOR REAL.
tallboy dresser painted black

I know it’s been on the to-do list forever, but I swear, once my semester is over, I really, really am going to paint it.

I am sick to death of the mid-2000s burgundy walls.

burgundy painted bedroom

Purse? Wallet? Whatever will fit in your pocket or hand? Which do you prefer?

(also from Reese. She is a font of good questions.)

I actually have both, and I own exactly one of each, which I use the entire year round.

They’re both second hand.

They’re both Kate Spade.

And they’re both from Lisey!

Kate Spade pink wallet

She is extremely good at finding designer wallets at consignment stores and she is also extremely good at knowing what I would like.

(to the point where when Mr. FG asks what I’d like for my birthday, I just tell him to ask Lisey, because she is better at coming up with ideas for me than I am for myself.)

I like Kate Spade designs because they are so classic and simple; I love a minimalist aesthetic. 

Light pink Kate Spade handbag.

Because I am eminently practical, I really prefer to own only one purse. It feels like too much effort to move my stuff from one purse to the other.

I know some people love, love, love handbags and get great joy out of having a whole collection, but bags just are not what do it for me.

I like the ones I have, but I don’t want more than what I have!

What about you? Are a “bags are fun!” or a “bags are a necessity” person?

P.S. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, you can leave it in a comment here, or you can email me. 

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Kayla

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

I read nearly all of the blog posts when they are first written, but I came back to comment after reading this one again. (Linked from Meet a Reader - Florida Brooke, March 2022).

I admire Kristen's attitude to continue using her gifts and talents well. I worked as a chemical engineer before children, stayed at home full time for 8 years, and re-entered the workforce as a daycare assistant when my youngest went to kindergarten. I do enjoy my job and it's flexibility, but I also feel called to return to a more "technical" field. I will most likely need some training to brush up on my skills or pivot to a different area. I haven't made the move as it doesn't feel like the right time, yet.

I'm inspired by those who are returning to work or pivoting when they are older than the typical college age student.

Kristen

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

I hope that you can find a path to go back, since that's what you feel called to! I love that there is time in life for a great many things.

priskill

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Bags are a necessity! And I favor a small wallet-sized shoulder bag with just enough slots for credit card, insurance, license, etc.. I sling across my body and forget about it when shopping. Less inclined to put it down and misplace it. Cuz I do that sometimes.

priskill

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Oh and the thing I really wanted to say -- it sounds like you will be an amazing nurse :) And you can write your ticket and choose the areas that really interest you. And choose your hours doing something you really enjoy. Awesome!!

Cari

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

I'm 43 and just applied to nursing school myself. Hope to find other people in our age range in class :) Best of luck to you!!

Kristen

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

There are a number of other moms my age in my biology class, working on medical degrees of various sorts, so I'm hopeful you will find some friends around your age!

Ohio Farmwife

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I went to community college and got a secretarial degree. Upon graduation, I got married. My husband and I decided that I would work until we started to have kids, which was 3 years later. While always being full-time farmers, my husband also worked full time for 30 years so I could stay home. He retired that job back in 2012. I don't remember us talking about what I would do when the kids were all grown. But our lives are busier now being self-employed than ever before. We are so thankful to God for this opportunity for this freedom so that we can help take care of our parents, and our children and their families.

Remodeling: We got an architect to the house to help put on paper what we'd like to change to our old farmhouse. Hoping that within the year we can start doing something. We've always put off painting, etc., because we always think "this is the year" we are going to starting ripping stuff out.

Sara

Monday 10th of May 2021

I think you’ll be an amazing nurse and think it shows a lot of dedication to go back to school when you are beyond the “typical” age. You’re exactly right that you likely have many years ahead of you to build a new career! A family friend of ours had triplet girls and decided to stay at home with them until they were a bit older and then built a second career as a nurse. She loves it! I’m sure she’ll be able to pay for college a bit easier now, as well :)

I’m in a relatively high paying corporate job, but would like to transition into something different (like teaching) as my second career - it may not always be as practical from a strict numbers standpoint, but geez, if you want to do it, then do it! And that’s why I also happily live on just part of our income so we have more choices down the road.

Your sister-in-law is very lucky to have you in her life. I can’t imagine having to go through that and having someone to help you through it is truly a gift.

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