I'm very proud to be a nurse. During my first few years of nursing - especially year #2, when I got into hospital work - it was a huge part of my identity. But it wasn't solely because of the career path. I came from a difficult situation, and spent much of my 20s floundering. I knew I wanted to be something, but I didn't know what. I'd had an intense fear of making the wrong choice instilled in me, but no help making the right one. I knew I wanted job security, decent pay, and I wanted a job that helped people. I stumbled into nursing without really knowing what it was.