Am I going to regret being a nurse?

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    I am about to start nursing school next semester and Im a little worried.
    I've heard nurses have GREAT communication skills and just LOVE to be around people.
    ok so here is my story:
    I work at a retail store as a sales associate and I do NOT like my job, Im not very good at "small talk" i am NOT great at upselling or selling plans/warranties on our products.
    I also work as a pca at a retirement home and i LOVE my job. I love helping people i love listening to the residents tell stories about when they were younger, i just love making a difference in their lives, i love knowing that i am needed to make their lives much easier.
    will I have alot of trouble as a nurse if my communication skills arent great?
    ...i want to work as an RN at a hostpital, i know i will have to comfort people during hard times, and i want to work on that i really do

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    You will love being a nursing student because at first your clinicals will give you time to listen to stories.

    As a nurse, listening for the patient's cues that could show physical or mental issues are the skills needed. Not small talk.
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    You'll be FINE. Nursing isn't aout selling anythig to people. It's about CARING. If you can do that, you'll be a fine nurse.
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    You can do it.wish you all the best
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    When nurses communicate to patients it's not a social interaction, but a therapeutic one. What I mean about therapeutic is that it is for the patient's benefit and not the nurses. You will learn more about this in nursing school.
    When we interact with patients we tend to listen and do a lot of health teaching. It is a totally different industry compared to retail.
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    I totally know what your talking about. I worked retail as well and hated the one on one. I thought after doing all the pre-reqs for nursing, I would have more confidence, but no luck. I have realized I have an anxiety disorder (had it all along, just avoided it all these years). I have decided to not let this control my life choices any longer. I want to become a great nurse and WILL become a great nurse. You can do anything you set out to do (if you really want to do it of course). I did well in all my classes (true) and now look forward to the nursing program (not really, but see that is the disorder conflict). Mixed emotions...but like I said, I want this and I will have to work my little toosh off to harness this career! Hope any of this helps. Exposure will mold you into a proper nurse. You'll see and learn.
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    Communication skills are learned and honed like any other skill set. It helps if you already are good at it naturally, but it isn't absolutely necessary. Do you think that psychologists and counselors necessarily have great communication and therapeutic skills when they first start? No way! When I took counseling psych. courses this is something we practiced and practiced and practiced. You can learn active listening skills and types of communication. If you recognize this as a short coming of yours, request help from the counselors at your college or university. Perhaps they can help you prepare and learn those skills so that you are able to tackle the tough things in nursing school and not worry about basic communication skills. I can tell you that the best nurses DO have the best communication skills.
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    "i love listening to the residents tell stories about when they were younger, i just love making a difference in their lives, i love knowing that i am needed to make their lives much easier."

    The ability to listen well is a skill most of us have to put forth a good deal of effort to acquire. If you have this as a natural gift you will be very well suited to be a nurse in whatever area you wish. It is a critical yet often overlooked assessment tool, and it is fundamental to effective communication in any context. It shows that you give a damn. Also, yammering just to hear your head rattle, especially when trying to sell people crap they don't need, is abhorrent. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "No one ever learned a damn thing while they were running their mouth."

    RN1981 said it best, "you'll be FINE. Nursing isn't about selling anything to people. It's about CARING. If you can do that, you'll be a fine nurse." :spin:
    Last edit by Dogstar on Dec 31, '09
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    I am in the process of applying to nursing schools. I am a shy introvert and sometimes it gets the best of me. Anxiety can affect so many areas of your life but many people have it. The person interviewing you for a job or the customer you are helping may suffer from it too.I also work retail. I make it a habit to just go up to the customer and say can i help you with anything? For me once I get past the initial shyness its as if i knew the person already. The more you try talking to the customer the less intimidating it will be. As far as selling stuff is concerned we dont have to worry about selling would be a problem if you chose marketing/business. Good luck...dont worry about seems like u have a good heart. i am sure when u are working one on one with patients u will be fine. A strength to overcome your anxiety will come b/c you have a passion for nursing. Good luck in nursing school and congrats on getting in. Happy New Year
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    I have never regretted being a nurse.

    Which reminds me of a song.

    Egrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention. . .

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