I Just Graduated--I won't be going back! - page 2

I just graduated from a very tough ADN program, and the instructors, even at the pinning, were telling us how we need to advance our education. Hogwash! Surely, I will get nationally certified... Read More

  1. by   cannoli
    Congratulations!

    I hope your body holds up until you're 70!
  2. by   Ortho_RN
    Your feelings will change I'm sure... I graduated in December and I just registered for classes for my BSN.... I know I don't want to do bedside nursing forever, I'm considering getting into CaseManagement, so I need a BSN.. The thought about going back to school isn't fun.. But MOST BSN programs can be done ONline, which makes it easy..
  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    Congrats on your graduation. I too will be a floor nurse untill I am 70, changing my depends along with my patients......



    Quote from Monist
    I just graduated from a very tough ADN program, and the instructors, even at the pinning, were telling us how we need to advance our education. Hogwash!

    Surely, I will get nationally certified (CCRN, RNC or something). Surely, I will do continuing education and read nursing magazines and books (I do that now). But I will never go back to school. Not for a BSN, not ever. I have a B.Sc. in Liberal Arts where I specialized in psychology and sociology. In addition, I also took loads of literature and English classes. I think that degree and my ADN make me a very educated person. I will not jump though another educational hoop because academians think I should.

    In fact, I've already been hired, and I haven't even passed NCLEX yet--at the hospital and floor that is my very first choice no less! (an ICU step-down cardiology floor at a large county hospital). No one can tell me I need a BSN. What I need is to be a staff nurse until I'm 70. I need to write books about monistic nursing, and I need to learn to paint dog portraits and seascapes really well, so I can supplement my social security income when I leave nursing. But a BSN? Homey don't play that.

    The Monist
  4. by   Tweety
    Congrats!!!

    I'm kind of back and forth with the issue myself. I don't want to put forth the energy to advance my degree and career, but not sure I can manage doing this until I'm 70 (I'm certified, a charge nurse, make great money, and am currently quite happy and have an aversion to management/administration type jobs). Having options for the future would be nice.

    Good luck in your job!
  5. by   CRNA, DNSc
    You know the old saying- Never say Never- you may have to eat those words!! I said the same when I finished my ADN since it was my second associate degree but I have had to eat those words multiple times, went back for BSN, went back for MS (anesthesia), and went back for Doctor of Nursing Science-DNSc. But I am not saying I'm done this time (even though I think I am!)
  6. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    Congrats on your graduation. I too will be a floor nurse untill I am 70, changing my depends along with my patients......
    LOL!!! Me too! I may not be working many hours at 70 but probably will be part time somewhere.....
  7. by   tommycher
    I too said NEVER right after graduating, from LVN school no less. Exactly one year to the date of graduation I went from a total aversion to the idea of school to a major itch to start back. One of the nurses I work with said it is much like childbirth. It takes awhile, but then you forget how painful it was and do it all over again! Congratulations on graduating!
  8. by   purplemania
    I thought the same thing. I am now in graduate school, so it is clear I changed my mind. The important thing is to find your niche. Congrats on graduating!
  9. by   manna
    I agree with one of the other posters... never say never.

    Of course, I'm one of those goofy people who value higher education for education's sake alone, I'd probably be a professional student the rest of my life (if I could afford and my brain could tolerate it), so maybe I'm not the best person to be giving that advice. :chuckle
  10. by   gypsyatheart
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    hooboy here we go again.

    by the way, congratulations on your graduation!!!

    BIG sigh! Yeah, you said it, SBE. Anyway, me thinks this sounds very "familiar".....if anyone cares to remember that far back....
    At any rate, congrats! You graduated! Now you can experience the "real McCoy"!
  11. by   1BlessedRN
    CONGRATULATIONS
    you have now entered the world of nursing, and you are now just blowing off steam like the rest of us have, this too will pass
    Good Luck on your NCLEX!!! :hatparty:
    Last edit by 1BlessedRN on May 10, '04
  12. by   laurasc
    Quote from Monist
    No one can tell me I need a BSN. What I need is to be a staff nurse until I'm 70. I need to write books about monistic nursing, and I need to learn to paint dog portraits and seascapes really well, so I can supplement my social security income when I leave nursing. But a BSN? Homey don't play that.

    The Monist
    Well, if you were graduating here in Ontario you would most definately need your BSN to be a nurse. As of (officially) next year all new grad nurses need to have a minimum of a BSN to be able to write their RN exams. (diploma courses are no longer being offered) Having a degree, like any other profession, does indeed open up doors for you. And it's highly conceivable that within the next XXX years the diploma RN may indeed go the way of the dodo.

    What I have been told time and time again is that if I do plan to say in nursing more than 10 years, then degrees are the way to go. Is it necessary? Not really. But is it smart? I think so.

    With all that said, I have been a nurse for 19 years, am a diploma RN and although I've toyed with the idea on occasion, I have no plans to go back to school for any degree in nursing. My plan is to retire from nursing by the time I'm 45...4 years away...and pursue other interests.

    Never say never tho. You're just out of school. Give yourself time to gain experience and figure out where exactly you want to take your career. Who knows, you may end up changing your mind.

    Congratulations on your Graduation! :hatparty:
  13. by   Monist
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Congrats on graduating. I'm hoping you're just blowing off steam! Believe me, sweetie - it is one very rare person who can do staff nursing until they are 70!!! Options come to those with a degree. Good luck and have fun!
    I hear what you are saying. I can't predict my future health. But I run at least 4 times a week, I keep my weight down. I take an ASA, MVI, etc. daily. I've seen really sick and weak people in their 60s. But I've also seen nurses working in nursing homes who were >70. ...God willing and the creek don't rise...

    As for options, what options? I've looked at all things that people with higher degrees do (teach, manage, consult as lawyers, etc) and I hate all of that. All I've ever wanted to do is staff nursing, and maybe some precepting. That's it. I have no other reason for being a nurse. If one day they desperately need me to be a manager (I'm not holding my breath, mind you) then they're going to have to accept my B.Sc. in Liberal Arts.

    The Monist

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