Quote from jromano
Hi, I'm a freshman in college studying for nursing. I've given this career a lot of thought but I still have my reservations, partially due to all the negative comments on here. I don't want to figure out that nursing isn't for me a couple years down the road after "wasting" education/money.
Some background.. I was an above-average highschool student I guess. 4.0gpa / 1360 SAT with 3 college classes under my belt. I wouldn't say I'm exceptionally gifted or that hardworking though. Here's what I'm looking for in a career:
-Less than 6yrs schooling
-Preferably a federal job or in the medical field, some sort of needed service
-Around 50k or more to start, room for advancement
-Won't be too difficult to obtain a job
-Minimal stress / worrying about the job outside of work
-Stable career outlook
These aren't hard and fast rules, but those are the basics. A job as a PRN seems to fit that pretty well and I do like the idea of a 3day work week. I have limited shadowing experience, but its not nearly enough to base a decision on. My brother is a nurse anesthetist and seems to enjoy his job. Then again, I know someone with a masters of science who became a mail carrier and couldn't be happier.
It's an unrealistic goal to love everything about your job, but do some people here actually wish they would have taken a different path? What advice would you have liked to known back when you were 18? Anything at all helps. Thank you for reading this.
Isn't there a song about regrets,,,,,,lol. I was an RN when I was 18. Who knows anything at 18, we think we do,but so much ahead to learn. I do not think anyone would say that they have no regrets in life. But that said:
Nurses: flexable hours
numerous paths to follow
direct effect on the outcome of peoples lives
continually changing,never boring
pay continues to improve(i made 5.25hr back then,,lol)
the ability to put a smile on someones face by walking in the room
a fountain of humorous,outragious stories always on hand
going home and being able to thank ur lucky starts for what u have compared to some poor souls
continuous learning and intellectual stimulation
I could go on and on,,,,,the things I may regret in life are few.Never marry a pt,,,lol(but I got some great kids,,,) stay in school when u r young,harder as u get older,but doable. I was nieve and so young that I believed everything one was wonderful and cared as passionately as I did,,,,I am getting wiser,,,it only took 28 yrs,,,lol
Can ya tell, I really am a nurse,in heart,soul and career. Lucky I guess!