Any advice would be appreciated

  1. I am currently in a RN program and will be graduating in May. I would appreciate any advice anyone has to give about the world of nursing. Thanks!
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  3. by   PennyLane
    Welcome to the board! I'm not a nurse yet but have learned SO much from reading the posts here. Do some browsing--you'll learn tons!
  4. by   live4today
    Welcome to Allnurses!

    As for the world of nursing, it sucks big time, and I'm sorry I came out of my five year sabbatical and returned to it. To be a hospital inpatient nurse today requires combat training and protective gear from head to toe. You not only have to battle with the patient, but also with Administration who pays attention only to themselves, and not to the nurses. Nurses...IMHPPO...are not respected or recognized as professionals. We are nothing more than "handmaidens" and puppets to be yanked around by those superior to our standing in the hospitals. I've never been more disappointed in any job that I've ever worked as I am with being a nurse.

    I told a teenaged girl today to NOT become a nurse, but to use her talents elsewhere where she would at least be appreciated.

    I just finished working two of the most hell on wheels days where I work, and it took all that is within me to not walk out both days. Therefore, when my time is up there 13 January, I will be more than glad to say my goodbyes without ever looking back. If I'm going to be abused as a human being and a nurse, I want to get paid for it at least.........soooooooo....traveling nursing here I come!

    Become a nurse today? HECKY NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! RUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNN the opposite direction! QUICK!!!
  5. by   fergus51
    Ummm... I still like nursing. I think the secret I learned is another member's signature line: We will only get as much crap as we are willing to take. My best advice would be don't compromise your safe practice and be assertive. If you find yourself in a place where this is impossible, then MOVE and fast!
  6. by   Mytlibra
    Thanks to everyone that responded. I really appreciate the advice. I know nursing is rough, so I'll just have to take the good with the bad.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yes you will have to take the good with the bad. Like anything, it has ups and downs. Hopefully, you will find more GOOD than bad in it. You can control your own destiny if you are SMART about it. Best wishes.
  8. by   kids
    Wash your hands and always keep one days work clothes in reserve.
  9. by   WhiteCaps
    ~~~~RUN AWAY WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME! ~~~~

    Just kidding. Someone has to be there to take my place so I can quit!

    In reality, it is an honor and a curse to have the ever increasing responsibilities nursing requires. I just know the pt's need good care and if I can help, it's worth it. Maybe there will be a few good nurses for me if & when I need them myself. ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE!
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by Mytlibra
    I am currently in a RN program and will be graduating in May. I would appreciate any advice anyone has to give about the world of nursing. Thanks!
    Buy the best shoes you can afford-and wash -wash -wash your hands...And don't forget a good multivitamin,excercise and eating right-most especially during your first months on the job.You'll be under amazing stress and it will take a toll on you physically.....
  11. by   AHarri66
    1) Take a break sometime during your shift! Sometimes it's hard, especially during the first few months, but GET OFF THE FLOOR! It's not fair to you or your patients to have you running like a nut for 8 or 12 hours. It's not safe and it's not healthy.

    2) Keep a spare uniform (scrubs, undies, shoes, the whole 9) in your car or locker.

    3) Take notes. I still carry "cheat sheets" with me stuck to my clipboard.

    4) Eat well (HA!), sleep well, and take your vitamins.

  12. by   purplemania
    keep learning. People who get in a rut tend to become disgruntled. The more you learn about your profession the prouder you will be to be part of it.
  13. by   cometothecradle
    Watch your mouth, you don't know who is listening, watch your back, sometimes your first impression is wrong, ask why there is a position available, look at the nurses expressions on the floor, ask if you can talk to one of the nurses in private, see what she has to say, if you see red flags don't ignore them, make sure everything promised is in writting so you don't need to fight later, don't under estimate your value there is a shortage, if a job is bad get out quickly
  14. by   healingtouchRN
    If you are not shy about hard work, & less pay than computer folks, go for it. I don't know what else I would do. I am sooooo not a desk person, although I spend 1/3 of my shift charting. At least I do it in spurts. I have to be doing something, skills are an artform as well as a science. For instance, I don't do psych for a living but I have a psych patient with dehydration, malnutirtion, & finally admitted to CCU for SVT (probably from the dehydration)...anyhoo, she was scared this morning-she hought I was a cop, & started screaming & crying....I just changed my voice & honored her personal space & stayed with her, got her take her meds & drink a little, was able to wean off the Cardizem, too....it is very interesting to watch someone who fits sooooo many categories (psych, cardiac, medical, probably renal) get better based on your own actions. It's a challenge. I teach critical care as well to senior BSN students at a large university so that is also a way to keep my skills sharp as lancet!!!
    Best wishes in your career goals---just remember goals can change. Mine have, but I am still nursing after 15 years.

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