Greetings! I'm new to these bulletin boards (posting), but I have been reading them with interest. I first would like to thank all of you nurses for the care you give to patients all across the country. I have been blessed to have good nursing care when it was needed (2 c-sections and 1 thyroid surgery, and an outpatient procedure), as well as family members.
I have wanted to be a nurse for awhile now; I have always wanted to work in the health careers field. Lately, discovering Surgical Technology, I'm kinda torn as to which field to go into...both nursing and surg. tech. appeal to me. I guess what seems to put surg. tech. at an advantage are the hours, and the possibility of being on call for only a few nights, a few weekends, and one or two holiday shifts a year.
I love to take care of people, and that is why nursing appeals to me; I enjoy bringing care and comfort to those who are ill. I'm not even scared off by reading some of the "horror stories" of nursing on this board. Just the hours concern me, see, I have two young children, ages 3.5, and 5.5...and I don't want to embark on a career choice that will take me away from them so often.
As far as nursing, if I went into it, I'm interested in oncology nursing. I recently lost a brother in August 2001 to lung cancer. I can not tell you how impressed I was with the nurses that took care of him; especially in the hours of his dying. Not only him, but his family. They were awesome. The compassion and the generosity that they have extended to his family was something else. Many of us stayed all night with my brother to be nearby at the time of his passing, My nephew (brother's son) and I wandered into an empty room next to my brothers and just crashed in some chairs, I did notice when I woke up once that we had blankets over us and the lights outside the room in the hallway were turned off
That made me want to become a nurse even more to bring that kind of comfort and compassion to someone else's family in their time of need, and to care for cancer patients would be a tribute to my brother and to the nurses that diligently cared for him.
Sorry to ramble; but I have a few more things to add. I live in Michigan, and if anyone on the boards are familiar with the state of nursing in West Michigan (preferably Kalamazoo), how nurses are treated, how the surg. tech. field is, and anything of interest, I would really like your feedback. Of course feedback from anyone is welcome.
I plan on going back to college for one of these two fields in about two years, my daughter will be five then and in kindergarten, we have all day kindergarten here where I live, so I can better go to school and not have to worry about childcare. I would like to know more about agency work, and bedside. What are the typical duties of an LPN? If I go into nursing, I might go for LPN first, then work my way to RN. On these boards, I've seen mentioned ADN and BSN...what are these? And what is the difference between getting your education at a comm. college or a nursing school? Is the curriculum at the nursing school more advanced? One of the large hospitals in Kalamazoo have a school of nursing that is part of Western Michigan U., I just wonder how their curriculum differ from the community college's.
Sorry for rambling. I hope to be a part of this board for a long time. I have learned so much from you guys, and I hope that you won't kick me off because I have nothing to offer about the nursing profession!!:chuckle
Thanks for letting me ramble for so long, and thank you for all that you do everyday.
Feb 8, '02
lpn school generally takes a year , are paid less than a rn, and where I work do mainly the same work.
rn can get her or his liscense from a 2 year adn program. which could be 3 +yrs with prerequisites. BS rn's get paid a little more(.50 cents more here) do the same work on the floor. But with a BS you can go on to the management level.
I'm a rn and have worked part-time between 1-3 days a week. My kids now 9 & 5 have pretty much never been in day care. My hubby and I have worked the childcare out.
I almost forgot. If you become a lpn and then years down the road become a rn, you have to start out at the bottom of the rn pay scale. Doesn't make sense to me.
Feb 8, '02
As far as I know, a school that is specifically a nursing school only, offers the diploma in nursing, which is a 3 year program.
The associate's degree and bachelor's degree are offerred at colleges or universities, and take 2 years or 4 years, respectively. Although, like someone said, the 2 and 3 year programs could easily take 4 b/c of the prerequisites that need to be done before you start nursing classes and clinicals.
Curriculums at different schools are similar, although the higher degree you pursue, the more advanced classes you get to take.
I'm not familiar with programs in MI. You can call the schools though, and request information about their programs. Then you can see which program will better suit your needs.
Nursing is a good profession b/c there are so many different areas to choose from. If you get tired of one, you can do something else.
I hope some of this helped.
Good luck, no matter which direction you decide to take!
Feb 8, '02
Go for the BSN. You can always train to be a scrub nurse in the OR after school, and it opens more options than scrub tech.
Feb 8, '02
I graduated from an ADN program last May and have been working in the OR ever since. The hospital I where I chose to work uses RNs to circulate only, however, other hospitals in the area train RNs to circle AND scrub.
I have to disagree with a few responses you have recieved. I finished my ADN degree in two years...not three or four. Of course, I had to really hump it....took classes during the summer and co-requisites w/my core nursing classes. IT CAN BE DONE!!
Also, I get paid exactly the same as an RN w/a BSN ...my hospital does not differentiate between ADN and BSN.
Many universities offer ADN to BSN bridge programs for working RNs. I'm planning on beginning my bridge next fall. If I go full time, I'll have my BSN 18 months from the time I start.
Sorry to confuse....options, options, options!!!
Anyway, good luck in whatever you decide.
Feb 9, '02
Thank you! You guys have been very helpful! I would also be interested in hearing from those nurses with children; how your schedules are, and if you miss much of their lives because of your career. I figure that by the time I finish school, my kids would be anywhere from 9-11 years old, give or take.
Feb 9, '02
Do you really want the whole truth?
Yes you do miss a lot of time with the kids.
If you work in a hospital full time, you will most likely work half the holidays each year. You will work every other weekend at least initially.
After you gain experience you will be able to go part time or as needed (prn). Some other options are a BAYLOR PLAN-usually 2 twelve hour shifts on a weekend..=32 hours pay on days and 40 hrs pay on nights.
All I wanted to do when I graduated with my RN was work OR. I found that RNs were too expensive to scrub, so all I did was circulate. I found my niche in Orthopaedics and stayed 22 years.
Good luck in what you choose. Take your time and study hard.
Plan for the BSN it will serve you well.