I read your Editor's Note "Positively a Nurse" (May 2007) with great interest. I, too, have a son, Steven, who will soon be a nurse. Like Cheryl Mee, I helped my son consider the pros and cons of making that career choice. To help him solidify his decision, I had him shadow me for a day in a busy medical oncology unit. He loved the fast pace, the extensive wound care I performed, and the incidental teaching I did by habit. And he saw that a nurse has to be intelligent, flexible, organized, and compassionate.
Whenever I'm asked, "Would you recommend someone enter the nursing profession?" I can easily answer yes. I'm confident that bright, courageous, energized novices will steer nursing in the right direction. And someday they'll be taking care of us!!
TISH HORNER, APRN, BC, MSN