I Just Graduated--I won't be going back! - page 4

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   aphippen
    Quote from Monist
    Some people get great satisfaction out of the status that formal education provides. I say, when will we stop being students and start using what we learned to do what we came here to do? Imagine a person joins the military and stays in tech school for 30 years and then retires from the military--what's the point in joining the military?

    Now that you're a Dr. Nurse, what great things will you do?

    The Monist
    The day you stop "being a student" is the day you have failed yourself and your patients. :uhoh21: I applaud your conviction and dedication to bedside nursing...however it is in a nurse's true nature to wear many hats. Just as we need nurses with your love for bedside nursing, we too need nurses who seek out higher education to fill positions that are vital to our healthcare system. Good luck in your nursing career...I hope your body lasts as long as your desire.
  2. by   Monist
    Quote from aphippen
    The day you stop "being a student" is the day you have failed yourself and your patients. :uhoh21: I applaud your conviction and dedication to bedside nursing...however it is in a nurse's true nature to wear many hats. Just as we need nurses with your love for bedside nursing, we too need nurses who seek out higher education to fill positions that are vital to our healthcare system. Good luck in your nursing career...I hope your body lasts as long as your desire.
    I agree completely. I'm only talking about formal education /c degrees, not education itself. And you're right: the only way I can have a bedside to work at is if I have a manager to manage the unit. Where would I be if I didn't have nursing school instructors to teach me and provide the hoops I needed to jump through to become a nurse? And the day I get sued for malpractice (hopefully never) I'll probably appreciate the legal nurse consultant or the attorney who's also an RN.

    The Monist
  3. by   Ortho_RN
    Quote from Monist
    My feelings will change because yours did?

    The Monist
    No that is not what I meant I'm just saying after I graduated with my ADN (this is my 2nd Associates Degree), I said I was DONE with school, other than CEU hours that was it... The more I am on the floor, I realize I won't be able to do this forever, nor would I want to... So I figured if I didn't go ahead and get my BSN I was closing possible doors in my future...

    If you are wanting to be a floor nurse forever, that is great.. They will need you for sure... And if the BSN program was in a classroom setting I probably wouldn't do it.. But its online, so I can do it and still work fulltime...

    Good Luck to you with boards.. They aren't fun, but sure you will be fine..
  4. by   CRNA, DNSc
    """""Some people get great satisfaction out of the status that formal education provides. I say, when will we stop being students and start using what we learned to do what we came here to do? Imagine a person joins the military and stays in tech school for 30 years and then retires from the military--what's the point in joining the military?

    Now that you're a Dr. Nurse, what great things will you do?

    The Monist"""""

    You are incorrect in your analogy in my case. Those degrees were accomplished while working full-time as a nurse or as a CRNA (except for short periods <18 months during anesthesia school), so I and others like me were doing what we had learned to do while furthering our education.

    As Dr. Nurse I do what I do as an clinical and didactic educator, program administrator, university professor, department administrator so that others can do what they have learned to do and students can be taught to do!!!!! I consider that the "Great Things" I do now and in the future.
  5. by   laurasc
    Quote from Monist
    You say you're going to leave nursing. If it's for health reasons, I understand, but otherwise, what will you ever do that matters as much as helping those who are too sick to help themselves? But maybe it's like a marriage: if it can end in divorce, perhaps it should. Educate me.

    The Monist
    I have all sorts of ideas and plans for my retirement. Point is I don't have to be a working, paid nurse to make a difference in someone's life. As much as I like what I do now, I want to do something different in the future.

    You're still very idealistic and very passionate about nursing....something I must admit that I am not anymore. (which is one of the reasons why I want to retire) Hang on to that. Keep striving to be the very best nurse you can possibly be. But just remember that your future is not written in stone, your plans can and do change.

    All the very best to you!

  6. by   Torachan
    Lucku duck for being finished.

    Of course your instructors want you to go on to further study. How else are they going to get paid? What you think that they want to actually work? Don't be silly.

    Some of my fellow students are already planing on a graduate degree. Me I am planning on being a nurse as soon as possible. One of our lecturers is now a Dr (PHD). The students have nothing but contempt for her. She has TWO years of nursing experience. That's right 2. And here she is teaching us how to be a nurse, how wonderful aged care is, watch out if your referencing is wrong on your assaignments. I ask you is she the sort of person we want to aspire to being like? What about the instructors who haven't been in nursing for 12 odd years?

    Sorry for getting on my hobby horse.... grr I am all worked up now.
  7. by   Torachan
    meant to be "Lucky Duck"
  8. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Monist
    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).
    Correct me someone, but doesn't the CCRN require you to have a BSN to certify. Most (but not all) advanced certifications do.

    Carolina, OCN
    Last edit by caroladybelle on May 12, '04
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Correct me someone, but doesn't the CCRN require you to have a BSN to certify. Most (but not all) advanced certifications do.

    Carolina, OCN

    They were going to require BSNs for certifications and even made plans for a date that just past for that. Then they realized that have of the certifications were ADN nurses and the money they would loose so they changed their mind. A BSN is not required to sit for the CCRN exam.
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from Monist
    Imagine how much respect you'd get, especially if you keep progressing in knowledge and skill.
    The Monist
    I do hope it's true, as I'll probably be with you.

    Do age 65 and beyond nurses actually get respect? Usually it's "how sad for that old battleaxe still having to work", "when is she ever going to retire". I've seen it. People equate old age with forgetfullness, slowness, set in their ways and ignorance.

    But let us set the standard, take care of ourselves physically today. Stay on top of things and learn what we can today. And at age 70 run circles around those kids and earn respect as well as demend it.
  11. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I do hope it's true, as I'll probably be with you.

    Do age 65 and beyond nurses actually get respect? Usually it's "how sad for that old battleaxe still having to work", "when is she ever going to retire". I've seen it. People equate old age with forgetfullness, slowness, set in their ways and ignorance.
    I think its sad so many people treat our seasoned nurses so badly. Personally, I enjoy talking to these nurses and getting their take on things. These are the survivors in our profession. AND some of my most favorite coworkers. 'Set in their ways" ...perhaps but I am finding myself tiring of switching gears every week for TPTB... so I can relate...LOL!!
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    "i just graduated--..."


    congratulations!

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