Good God....You guys make me nervous about nursing - page 2

Hello everyone. I am a 35 year old male in Massachusetts that is about to make a huge career move because of what I can only call my "calling" to Nursing. I worked as a CNA years ago, had a car... Read More

  1. by   gslpro
    Thanks everyone for all of the replies, private messages, and expressed concern about my back. I had originally signed up for an accelerated RN program, started, and then got into the car accident. I ended up getting hit in the side of the car, which because of the lap belt being fastened, my upper body actually was able to swing sideways down onto the passenger seat, while my lap belt held my hips firmly into the driver's seat. I also had a large armrest in use, so that caused quite a seperation of all of my lower vertabrae at each disc, and then on the snap back, I struck the driver's side window which broke, but not before tearing my trapezius (speling??...It is late and I can't think) at both upper connecting points, and wailing on my thoracic vertabrae quite a bit. I was a mess basically. Through therapy, xrays, mri's, chiropractory visits and some pretty heavy workout periods, (along with some pretty heavy drinking to numb the pain,) I got everything back into a strong-like-ox, but painful orientation. I didn't like the Dr.'s telling me all these things that I would never be able to do again, so I got better so I could.

    What is funny, is that when my Dr.'s saw me a year or so later, he said something was wrong with my chart. I had shrunk over an inch since my last check up, and he sent me for X-rays again. His theory is that while in the healing process, some thing adjusted themselves, and the xrays showed that I developed two scoliosis points in my spine. My upper scoliosis goes from front to back in curvature, and my lower one goes left to right in curvature.

    I just laugh when I think about how screwed up I was, am, and probably will always be, but I am also constantly feeling very very lucky for being able to walk, move and do all the things i can do. It does not seem to affect it either way whether I am in my $1,600 desk chair all day, pacing a boardroom, or working on my boat, yard, or moving my motorcycle engine around my shop. I guess it is going to hurt when it hurts, and lets up when it feels like it.

    I figure that Nursing is more about the mind, actions and attitude, more than the physical strength to move mass. I know there is lifting and positioning still involved in Nursing, but I am reckoning that even though I may feel pain, I can still perform my job effectively, and will be able to do just about anything without actually causing any more "damage" to my body. I guess pain only hurts if you really pay attention to it. I amamazed at how much pain I am in when I actually describe it to someone or think about it. Most of the time, we just get used to it and ignore it.

    Geez, I am so *******' longwinded. Thanks again.
    -Gary
  2. by   prmenrs
    I think gslpro has EXACTLY the right attitude, and I hope, can make a very valid contribution to the field.
  3. by   zacarias
    Quote from gslpro

    I think Nursing is the probably the most ultimately evolved presence of mind that a person can be....meaning that you bring the levels of caring, education and ability to a place where you can use them to ACT and actually change someone's life. That is AMAZING to me.

    Tell me there is still a reason to become a Nurse. Please.

    -Gary (The long-winded son-of-a-gun from Massachusetts.)
    Gary,

    Being a nurse requires that you have passion. My friend, you certainly have it after that encouraging introductory post!! I'm a new nurse and you make me recall all the good things about nursing, both bedside and advanced practice.
  4. by   MSLNT1.1
    This message is in reply to sjoe. That is a very negative way of thinking. Im not sure if you are a nurse, but if you are, then you need to definitely get out of the field. You would be considered the one bad apple that spoils the whole bunch. There are still many areas of nursing that one can go into without using their bodies. Not every nurse has to come out and start by working on a Med-Surg floor. Have you considered that maybe he just is not happy in his current porfession and feels that nursing is his "calling". With comments like that I would not be surprised if you are an unhappy person. The goal is to be objective and not take your personal experiences and skew your sense of judgement just because of your encounters in the profession.
  5. by   MSLNT1.1
    Excuse my misspelling of profession in my post reply.
  6. by   sjoe
    Quote from MSLNT1.1
    This message is in reply to sjoe. That is a very negative way of thinking. Im not sure if you are a nurse.
    Before you decide to flame me or anyone else, you might take the simple step of checking out that person's profile.
  7. by   MSLNT1.1
    I checked your profile, and yes you are a nurse, but that still does not change my point of view as to my reply. He should be able to go into the profession and judgw for himself how he feels about the profession. I don't think anyone left unrealistic point of views about the field of nursing, but it seems as if your reply was soley based on personal experience.
  8. by   Agnus
    Quote from gslpro
    I think Nursing is the probably the most ultimately evolved presence of mind that a person can be....meaning that you bring the levels of caring, education and ability to a place where you can use them to ACT and actually change someone's life. That is AMAZING to me.

    Tell me there is still a reason to become a Nurse. Please.

    -Gary (The long-winded son-of-a-gun from Massachusetts.)
    You were made for nursing. Thank you for speaking such nice words
    about nursing. Yes there is a reason and you have stated it beautifully.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from Agnus
    You were made for nursing. Thank you for speaking such nice words
    about nursing. Yes there is a reason and you have stated it beautifully.
    I agree with Agnus that you have the proper mindset to feel great reward from nursing. I do however remain concerned about YOUR back and YOUR health in this very physically stressful job. I hope you discuss a nurses' job description thoroughly with your doctor and wish you the very best.

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