I am currently in school to be a nurse. It seems so many of my classmates (sometimes including myself) seem to go back and forth about "is this what I really want to do". Did anyone else find themselves in the same situation while going through nursing school? It is starting to scare me. I'd hate to find out after all this schooling that I really am not happy with what I am doing. My personal fears lie in pt to nurse ratios and will I be able to provide quality care. The last hospital I did a clinical rotation at the ortho floor we were on had a ratio of 1:7. The nurses on the floor said they had a high turnover especially with new grads. It seems the nurse is held liable for so many things and it is so easy to end up with no license. Also so many nurses while we are at clinical come up to us and tell us to get out while we can. When I told a nurse I had 5 academic scholarships she said "Well you can't be too smart or you wouldn't be going into nursing". I was crushed. Is it really that bad out there. I have always wanted to work in healthcare and being raised by a nurse, this became my first love. The only other area I could see myself in is Radiology ( I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work in this area for about 4 months). Please give me some insight ???????????
Dec 22, '02
Nursing is a tough demanding field that requires not only a lot of physical stamina, great coping skills, intelligence, and a good work ethic.
Think hard before you go into nursing. But also realize that because it is so demanding doubts are going to creep up from time to time. I started doubted myself from Day #1 in school, and especially after my first clinical. My first job daily for about a year I doubted myself.
I wouldn't change a thing.
The person who made the statement about not being so smart, obviously hasn't seen the Med-Surg textbooks, and was being an insenstive ass.
Follow your heart. You can't go wrong.
Last edit by Tweety on Dec 23, '02