I found an opportunity to become a CNA at a nursing facility. I took the course and became a NA and quit before I took the CNA exam because a whole lot of it had to do with the way the other CNA's treated me and found that it wasn't quite what I expected.
I got into nursing because of wanting to make a difference in someone's life, but with the amount of patients I would have to take care of (about 16-20) and because I had never done anything like it before and feeling like I was getting pulled in a thousand different directions all at once, it was very overwhelming and pretty much every day I went home crying and stressed, but I felt like I had a purpose with helping people.
After I quit, I ended up taking the CNA exam on my own and though for sure I failed the skills/clinical portion of it, but instead passed my exam. Not with flying colors like I'd hope I would have, but I passed and I felt so accomplished by that. I definately need something challenging at work or otherwise I am bored out of my mind. I told myself that I wasn't going to get into nursing ever again because of my experince at the nursing facility, but the idea of becoming a RN hasn't really ever left the back of my mind.
I know nursing is a stressful field and would like to have some opinions as to see if anyone thinks I have what it takes to be a nurse. I am caring and compassionate and have patience (most of the time), however I feel like I get stressed easier than some people and don't do all that great in emergency situations. I play by the rules every time and try and go the extra mile for the patient (even if they weren't mine). A few of the residents who I took care of said I would make a great nurse.
I had a really weak stomach when I first started my class, especially with having to clean up crap. There was one resident who had really bad bm's and I was gagging in front of her and my CNA I was shadowing did it for me (I apologized after to her because I felt bad), by the first week I was on my own with her, I was able to change her brief without any problems. By the end of my first day while shadowing my CNA, I changed an ostomy bag with her help. My CNA and some other CNA's said that I was doing a really great job.
What are some characterists of a good nurse? I am afraid that because I get stressed and because I take a lot longer on some things than others that I am not cut out to be a nurse. I have a bubbly personality, but there are some days when I would just rather take care of people and not spend that much time with them. I was told by the DON that because a lot of the geriatrics were sick, not to take it to heart if they start yelling at you, they can't help it. I do have a tendency to take it to heart and sometimes I feel like I am too caring. Please be honest with me, do you think I would make a good nurse?
Take it from someone who has been in the field for 24 years: YOU ARE TOO GOOD A PERSON TO GET INTO NURSING!
don't do it. I feel brutalized by the experience.
Nursing is an unforgiving field.
#1 Nurses eat their own. I have never been in a field where women are so vicious to each other.
#2 Your employer will put you in impossible situations, like giving your too many patients to be safe and then blame you if you can't handle it. Don't ever look to management to back you up or care about happens to you.
#3 Patients will treat you very disrespectfully. Ever notice the way nurses are portrayed in movies, greeting cards, stories? We are either Nurses Ratched or Nurse ****.
#4 Insulting pay for the responsibility you have.
There are alot more reasons. Don't get stuck in a profession that will leave you burned out, emotionally and physically
damaged and last but not least, broke.
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Golfer Girl,you certainly have the characteristics to be a good nurse but it is almost always stressful,barely controlled mayhem. There are a few places that you might find,if you're lucky that have supportive personnel who might have the energy and time to properly orient you and where people will help you. I went into Nursing for the same reasons that you are thinking about it and I did OK but am very sensitive and still don't have a very think skin. In fact I just ignore the gossipy,back stabbing bunches but I too feel kind of chewed up and spit out by the Profession. To top it off here where I live is a Nursing glut along with the major economic downturn and I have been unemployed over a year despite having pedi and adult critical care/trauma,oncology,cvicu clinical and management experience.
I AM glad that I went into Nursing because I have helped many along with the team I was working with and seeing that little smile signifying some relief in spite of a large injury or seeing a pt asleep for the first time in a while because they finally relaxed. It's the grateful hugs from the family when they see their loved one getting better or their shared despair because they know I care and they know we did everything.
It is what it is. It's no longer an somewhat easy way for an enterprising young person to make decent money because the pay has not in any way kept up with inflation. For example in 1987 I was making >$ 55,000 a year and 20 years later I am barely making more if indeed I even achieve that.
You can and do help people though,and that's really one of the best feelings there is.
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