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What inspires us to nurse?

Nursing_123RF_31309931_lTo mark International Nurses Day 2016 we asked our nursing students and staff what inspired them to nurse; this is what they said:

“For me, a role that matters and allows me to contribute to the society I live in.”
Ric, second year student nurse

“Circumstances saw me having to support myself through education from the age of 16, I always persevered, knowing my aim was to become a nurse one day. Life and motherhood saw ten years pass. I knew then that if I want to truly encourage my daughters to become whatever they want to be, it was through doing it myself. An HNC, years of work experience and a year of night college later I am exactly where I know I should be! My daughters are proud of me, and I am proud of myself. Nursing is where my heart is.”
Sandra, third year student nurse

“What motivates me is the opportunity I have to make a difference and to improve the quality of life for others, which for me is more of a calling than a career.”
John, second year student nurse

“I wanted to make a difference, sounds corny but it’s true! I never wanted to do anything else, it may have taken me a few years longer than most, I’m now 37 but now I’m finally making that dream become a reality.”
Hazel, first year student nurse

“I was inspired to go into nursing while working in a high school, I witnessed so many young people struggling with their thoughts, feelings and emotions, not knowing how to manage these.   I want to be able to help them make a difference in their lives so they can mature and grow into confident individuals who are ready for adulthood.”
Pamela, second year student nurse

“I worked with a lovely probationary teacher last year who went into teacher training later. She inspired me, it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.”
Liz, first year student nurse

“I worked in a dementia unit for nearly 4 years, to begin with it was ‘just a job’ (I was 19 at the time and didn’t know what i wanted to do career-wise!) but as the months progressed and I received additional  training and  learning regarding the job. I realized how much I deeply cared for the well-being of all the clients and their families and loved how the feeling of providing care, support, comfort and compassion to each client was like receiving a personal reward on a daily basis. My experience of working as a Care Assistant prompted me to start my training, broaden my skills, expand my knowledge and continue onto a career of more person-centred care.”
Kirsty, first year student nurse

“Helping someone when they cannot help themselves even by just making them smile, nursing is such a rewarding career”
Lindsay, first year student nurse

“When I was 17 other people kept telling me that I should go into nursing. They said I had a strong value base, caring and compassionate nature and an ability to influence people. I always wanted to be a teacher, but didn’t apply as I could not spell! Who would have thought I would end up being a nurse teacher!”
Janet Smith, Teaching Fellow

“I’ve always been interested in the science behind the human body, but witnessing the care and compassion shown by nurses when my Granda was dying made me realise that nursing was the dream career for me –  I wanted to make an impact on someone’s life like those nurses did for me and my family.”
Holly, second year student nurse

“What motivated me to choose nursing was the never ending possibilities nursing offers, as well as being able to make a difference in someone’s life. I also wanted a career, and not just a ‘job’.”
Michelle, third year student nurse

“When I was young (3/4), I spent a lot of time with my granny around nursing homes and would often help the nurses with tea, biscuits and bingo so I was around the environment from a young age. When I was 16, unfortunately I got ill. Although this allowed me to see all the different departments of the hospital I was in. I always had an interest for some science-based jobs, but personally experiencing the kindness of the nurses on the ward made me decide that it was what I wanted to do. I really wanted to give something back, to make other people experience the high level of care and compassion, like the care I had received. And well, here I am!”
Ryan, second year student nurse

“Seeing several family members working in mental health services, and the public’s perception of mental health issues, inspired me to train as a Mental Health Nurse.”
Sophie, first year student nurse

“I wanted to be a nurse because I care about other people’s health and well-being. Whether that be children or adults. I am a mature student and sadly have lost my own parents and my children are more independent. I suppose there in a need in me to nurture and care for other people and I want to make a difference, however small.”
Liz, first year student nurse

“The film Patch Adams.”
Sandra, third year student nurse

What motivated me to become involved with research was the awareness that when someone is in the same position for too long they can stop questioning, they become too set in their ways and are resistant to change.  I didn’t want to become complacent.  I was questioning everything and I needed to be involved with finding answers.”
Gaylor Hoskins, Clinical Academic Research Fellow

“I have always enjoyed helping people, in every aspect of life, therefore nursing is something I have always considered. However it wasn’t till after my travels to South Africa – witnessing poverty and severe illness – that it was made clear to me that I wanted to strive and work to the best of my ability to become a successful, compassionate nurse.”
Caitlin, first year student nurse

“I saw nursing as a challenge, a changing challenge and I’ve never looked back. Can’t wait to qualify!”
Kim, second year student nurse

“The reason I went into nursing is because my aunts are Mental Health Nurses. Initially it never really appealed to me. I was always complaining of how bored I was getting in my job. My aunts said they knew I would make a great nurse and to give a shot. I applied to work as a Rehab Assistant to see if I liked it. I did! I then put my application in to Stirling. The thing I like about it is that you’re always busy, no two days are the same, it is very rewarding and there is job satisfaction. I wish I did it earlier. I have never looked back since!”
Blair, first year student nurse

“I have always had a great amount of empathy for others, I chose mental health nursing to utilise this and have a career in which I care for people every day.”
Ela, first year student nurse

“What motivated me to get into nursing research was the opportunity to use my skills in technology, decision making and interventions to support care delivery, and make a meaningful difference to patients and those who care for them.”
Dr Julie Cowie, Lecturer

“I chose to nurse for the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives, no matter how big or small.”
Kourteney, first year student nurse

“I am constantly inspired by patients and I love the feeling I get when I help others, it is so rewarding, the difference you can make to a person’s/family’s life is incredible and to be in a privileged position to do this is so humbling.”
Nicola, first year student nurse

“The idea of nursing being a rewarding career with so many areas that one can work in and the fact that I love working with people inspired me to get into nursing.”
Davinia, first year student nurse

“My mum and older brother work as nursing assistants in our local mental health wards and always talked about how rewarding it is as a career. They have inspired me to become a nurse from their experience and my want to help others.”
Fionnuala, second year student nurse

“I chose nursing because I liked interacting with people and thought it would be an interesting job – I was so right.”
Dr Susanne Cruickshank, Reader in Cancer Nursing

“I always wanted to study at University and, eventually, at the grand age of 46 I started my nursing degree. Now 2 years into my studies I am loving every aspect of it and looking forward to joining the nursing profession. It was definitely worth the wait!!”
Jane, second year student

“As I was born with a heart defect and went through a heart transplant at the age of 8, I have spent a lot of time in the hospital. The people that supported me the most, held my hand through different procedures and was always there for me when I was scared and vulnerable, was the nurses. They inspired me every day through their hard work and always with a smile around their faces which made me look at life in a more positive way even though that wasn’t always the case. That’s why I want to be a nurse, I want to give something back and help other people as they helped me and my family through the hardest times of my life”. Emilie, second year student

And the last word from Hazel:

“Complications after my surrogate baby was born meant an emergency trip to theatre. I will never forget how I felt a nurse suddenly hold my hand, I never saw her face but that hand ‘spoke’ a thousand words.”
Hazel, first year student nurse

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