I am just starting my pre-reqs and am going to apply for nursing school once completed. I am considering working in a burn unit. What are some things I should know as a student?
My reason for thinking of burn unit is my father was killed 2 years ago in a house fire and and i will not go into detail on the things that i seen but i had to step up and be strong for my mother and the rest of my family. It was nearly 6 months before it actually hit me and i finally broke down and cried. I feel like I would do well with patients and their families because of the things that i went through and have dealt with over the past couple of years. Any thoughts? Also does anyone know anything about the burn units in oklahoma?
Jul 31, '11
This is just my own perspective, and I am not a burn unit nurse, I am just lurking on this board. I think it is hard to go into an area of nursing that you have personal experience with. Not impossible, but hard.
Also, as someone just starting their pre-reqs, you have a long way to go! I would not worry about what kind of nursing you are going to go into. You will see and learn a lot of different things in nursing school, and I bet as a specialty that many burn units want you to have some previous ICU or at least medical experience... Good luck!
Aug 30, '11
[FONT="Garamond"]I too lost my mother in a house fire, while she was being taken off life support I vowed to become a nurse. I am now a burn ICU nurse. I think my personal experiences actually help me be a better nurse. I have more empathy and can therefore advocate for the best treatment of my patients. I look at my patients and say what if this was my mom, how could I do the best job for her health and recovery. I think it takes a little time to deal with your emotions and when they become distant enough you can pursue your career as a burn nurse. I still get emotional, but that's ok, patients sometimes need someone to be emotionally vested in their well-being. They might not have family or friends to advocate for them. Go for it!