Anyone else NOT have had CNA (or similar) experience before becoming a nurse? - page 2

I don't. I have never worked in the healthcare field. I have read that it's a good idea to work as a CNA beforehand in order to get your feet wet and find out if this is what you want. Well, I... Read More

  1. by   CindyCCRN
    ...graduated high school at age 17, went to a 3 year diploma school, graduated and became an ICU RN at age 20... What did I really know about nursing or life at age 17-20?... not much... I knew I liked helping people who were sick, that I didn't want to be a secretary, a waitress, or a factory worker, but maybe a teacher (actually, the only choices I thought were available to women)...
    ...Would I have chosen another field if I knew all I know today?... most definitely, I'd probably still be in healthcare, but probably not nursing or for this long... maybe a ?physical therapist, nutritionist, pharmacist, Dr... It's very difficult to be expected to know so much and make life/death assessments and decisions BUT receive so little awareness, respect, or appreciation from others....
    ...If you know yourself, have cared for anyone else - including your son during health and sickness, have supported another through calamity/tragedy/crisis, you have done some nursing...
    If you have a good sense of humor, healthy limits, and the ability to laugh at yourself, you're also better equipped to survive the dark sides of nursing....

    .......Sincerely, Good Luck!!!

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