I've been a nurse for a little over 2.5 years--graduated from nursing school
at age 37. I have been meaning to post this message for a while.
I want to say thank you to the nurses who teach me how to do this job every day. I ask more experienced nurses (of all ages) questions almost every single day (yes, still) and nearly all have been more than happy to help me and share their knowledge. I would have quit long ago without the help of so many people and I want all of you to know that your help, advice and patience is appreciated so please keep sharing your knowledge with those of us who are less experienced. I should also say that this thank you extends to the many other staff members who teach me and answer my questions--everybody from transport personnel to physical therapy to respiratory and techs, etc.
I worked my first 15 months in nursing on a med-surg floor where I required all kinds of mentoring since I had never worked in a hospital and didn't have a clue. Next I went to a critical care unit for 15 months where I received even more mentoring from the wonderful staff on that unit and now I work float pool so I'm still asking tons of questions as I learn to take care of new kinds of patients every day. I couldn't have worked any of these places without so many people sharing their experience and knowledge...to all of you I say thank you for being so generous with your time and expertise.