Confused with Nursing

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    I have been a CNA for 2.5 years in a hospital and before, i was so hyped up about nursing, i even make plans on what i'm gonna specialize on...I got rejected by some nursing schools and it's making me think if it's for me but im still applying (too many applicants, even my total score of 88 won't get me through). Now since i'm not in school i began to observe my workplace, not just my department, but other departments as well. I experience how patients can be verbally abusive, sometimes physical also. How they ask questions and try to do it their way or else they will be non-compliant with the treatments and they want answers "NOW", how they can't understand why they can't have a simple medication as Tylenol for a specific reason and accuse the nurse of not knowing what he/she is doing (calls them dumb), how some patients even a co-RN of theirs can become so stubborn and thinks they know what they're doing and ends up on the floor instead, how nursing can put a huge amount of stress to nurses sometimes they end up crying inside the locker room or regret they become a nurse. Some patients are great and they make you feel special. I like people, good or bad, but now being more exposed to it makes me re-think if this is something i want to do until i retire.

    Some nurses told me to go try and be a Physical Therapist, some nurses doesn't give suggestions but simply say "if i could go back i'll pick something else", some healthcare staff say it's better to work in the lab, but some nurses say that nursing is still "ok" since i'm already a CNA and that's the only route i could go to move up.

    Any insights? i'm loosing my motivation....=(
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    If you're wavering on nursing because you don't want to get your feelings hurt, then you're wasting your time.

    ANY job where you deal with people, be it nursing, physical therapy, or working as a clerk at a gas station has the potential for you to get rubbed the wrong way. It's a fact of life and part of being an adult, so I'd suggest you find some thick skin quick because you're going to need it really, really soon no matter what you decide to do with your life.

    So! With that said, what do you want to do? Nevermind what everyone else says they'd do differently. What about you? You're the one that will be either left to wonder what life would've been like if you'd gotten your nursing degree or left to wonder what it'd be like if you did something different, so what do you think?

    Do you want to be a nurse?
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    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    If you're wavering on nursing because you don't want to get your feelings hurt, then you're wasting your time.

    ANY job where you deal with people, be it nursing, physical therapy, or working as a clerk at a gas station has the potential for you to get rubbed the wrong way. It's a fact of life and part of being an adult, so I'd suggest you find some thick skin quick because you're going to need it really, really soon no matter what you decide to do with your life.

    So! With that said, what do you want to do? Nevermind what everyone else says they'd do differently. What about you? You're the one that will be either left to wonder what life would've been like if you'd gotten your nursing degree or left to wonder what it'd be like if you did something different, so what do you think?

    Do you want to be a nurse?
    "Like' about a million times!!!! Well said.
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    Thanks SoldierNurse22 that's the kind of kick i need. Yes i want to be a nurse and i will apply to other schools this year, i just feel sorry for what my co-workers go through sometimes and yeah you're right not all workplace is perfect.
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    Happy to help. Everyone has those days where they wonder if they can do it. Personally, though I have had difficult days, I've never found myself crying in the supply closet, regretting or questioning my decision to become a nurse if that makes you feel any better.

    EVERY job is difficult. Everyone has their battles to fight. But if it's a battle you want to fight, it doesn't always seem like warfare!


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