I just got accepted into an ADN program!
Now I am wondering what is coming! What do I have to look forward to, what will I dread, what will I need... Could someone tell me what I can expect in my ADN program!!
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Feb 12, '05
I guess I'm a bit different; the part I like about nursing school is the patients and being able to make a difference in their lives. There is a reason that we have to sign a statement that we will not have any contact with our patients afterward; you can't help but wonder happens with them. I love the people I am in school with (mostly) and, since we have people in 6 different parts of the program, I do think about missing the people from all the quarters. I cheer when some of the students I've known have reached 6th quarter, but also realize I won't be seeing them much, if at all, after that!
You will see humanity in a whole new way (and I say that having worked as an admitting clerk in an ER for 4 1/2 years and a paramedic for 1). You will be involved with intimate parts (emotional and physical) of people's lives. It is a great privilege and honor to be a nurse. Like all parts of life, there will be people you like and those you don't, both patients and co-workers. There will be people that touch you deeply and that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. It's humbling.
PS -- if you have a chance, a course in medical terminology will put you a bit ahead of the game. I know it has helped me; one final, a number of people came out wondering what "iatrogenic" meant; on another, fasciculations. Learn to think about the terms; they often are very descriptive if you understand the language roots. For instance, ever have to try to remember where the adrenal glands are? Not any more. "Ad" + "renal" -- on top of the "renal glands" -- the kidneys. Same thing with renin--that "ren" gives it away; it's made in the kidneys.
If you are curious and know someone who has some type of disability or illness, you might try finding out more about that illness on the net. There are great resources out there.
Last edit by NurseFirst on Feb 15, '05