First year (6 months actually) and LOVING IT!!!

  1. Hey everyone,

    Living in Canada. Male. 47. Single parent with 2 teenagers. Graduated July 2006. Passed Boards in September 2006. Got a full-time position (permanent!) at an adult teaching hospital. Work in the oncology/palliative care unit (presently on the palliative side). Work 12 hour shifts: day/night. Work with an amazing team of co-workers. Learn something new everyday. Sometimes go home exhausted. Always go home proud of what I have accomplished. Can't imagine myself doing anything else. This work is sometimes humbling but always very rewarding.

    Just thought I would chime in on positive note. :-)

    B
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   llg
    Thank you! I like positive notes. I hope you continue to find your career in nursing a rewarding one.
  4. by   Lilnurse0803
    Great post, Never_too_Late, especially since a lot of new graduates seem to have a difficult time with their first jobs. I am a recent graduate ready to step out into the world of nursing after being in Corporate America for 7 years and positive thinking is what motivates me. I too am praying to God for a positive first experience. However, hearing about the bad experiences also helps us to come to terms with what can be real to many of us who have not yet experienced our first jobs. It can go either way, however, I prefer the happy stories.

    Best of luck to all out there on this amazing journey.
  5. by   RNLisa
    Quote from Never_too_late
    Hey everyone,

    Living in Canada. Male. 47. Single parent with 2 teenagers. Graduated July 2006. Passed Boards in September 2006. Got a full-time position (permanent!) at an adult teaching hospital. Work in the oncology/palliative care unit (presently on the palliative side). Work 12 hour shifts: day/night. Work with an amazing team of co-workers. Learn something new everyday. Sometimes go home exhausted. Always go home proud of what I have accomplished. Can't imagine myself doing anything else. This work is sometimes humbling but always very rewarding.

    Just thought I would chime in on positive note. :-)

    B

    Congratulations, I am happy to hear positive posts here. We all need some positiveness in our lives! Sounds like your life is right in place.
  6. by   hfdguy
    I'm a new LPN grad - just passed the boards last week... and I gotta say this is the most demanding, most rewarding, most exciting job I have ever had!! I am soo happy I finally decided to take the plunge and go to nursing school!
  7. by   rob25910
    Never too late, your post made my day! I'm also a 47 y.o. male who is currently working on getting into the R.N. program through Excelsior. I know that a person is never too old to get into a new profession but to hear such a positive post from another male the same age as me who just got into nursing has truly brightened my day. Thank you for this post.....and good luck to you! You are going to be a big success!!! Peace brother....Rob
  8. by   Lisa CCU RN
    I love my job too. I love my preceptor, my co workers, and my managers.

    Hope I still say that in a year.
  9. by   NursKris82
    Quote from hfdguy
    I'm a new LPN grad - just passed the boards last week... and I gotta say this is the most demanding, most rewarding, most exciting job I have ever had!! I am soo happy I finally decided to take the plunge and go to nursing school!
    So well said!!
  10. by   SoundofMusic
    I will have to chime in also, even though I admit I tend to post a lot of negative stuff here as a new grad.

    Though my situation is not perfect, I have had a relatively good experience in my 2nd assignment. I tried ICU first, and that was not for me. But now I'm on a solid floor job and although they're short nurses and techs and have all the typical problems of many units, I must say most all of the nurses have been helpful and cheerful in spite of it, and SO many of the patients have been just precious. :redpinkhe

    I have had many days where my head was spinning, but I've also come away from those days feeling that I really did SOMETHING in this world that was of substance, that truly helped out another human being in a big way, that I kept a patient alive another day, that I kept a pt comfortable and happy for a while, helped them through a difficult time. I have had many who tell me that they're going to miss me once I get off my shift .. .always asking if I'll be back tomorrow, etc, etc. I had one of the MOST difficult guys the other day . ..but in the end, I actually taught him how to give himself insulin and after that, he was my buddy.

    I mean, a job in a cubicle on a computer all day? BTDT and no WAY that compares to what we do as nurses -- doesn't even come close. Nursing is the real thing, that is for sure -- not for the faint of heart, but also very good for the heart in so many ways . . .

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