I WILL BE A NURSE(even after reading this board) - page 2

Thank you....I know what I want to do and I will do it....I plan on being one of the top in my class too,lol. I'm being positive! I am 30 and I have been considering this option for about 7 years,... Read More

  1. by   Robin61970
    It's getting closer to time to register for classes and I am a bit scared, but on the whole I can't wait to get started!
  2. by   nursejanedough
    I did not start nursing school until my kids were older and able to stay home by themselves. I am thankful everyday that I was able to be home to hear their first "Mama", to see their first step, to have them cry for me when the strange daycare worker tried to coax them from me. I had to go to work when my baby was 5 months old til 10 months old. Never again.
  3. by   puzzler
    Welcome Robin

    It wil be great to have you aboard. And yes, we do all need to have a place to vent.

    Families get tired of hearing it and you rarly have time to vent at work.

    I, too, have been a nurse for 25 years. I must like it or I would not have been here this long--right?? It is not my first profession and I do not believe I would care to change.

    And again--WELCOME

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    Sheryl
    If you enjoy word puzzles come visit me at www.CrosswordsForNurses.com
  4. by   E-RN
    Hang in there. I have been a nurse since 1978. I love nursing. I have worked on Medical, surgical and have finally made my way to a specialty I love. Dialysis. You will always find a job, you will always be
    able to pick and choose your job. You will get paid well, even better if you do registry. Sure, you will work...but it's your attitude that will keep you going. If you want to be a nurse go for it. You will never be poor. It's true nurses can make big bucks, if you don't like an area, try something else don't get stuck in an area you hate. Move on. The possibilities are endless.
  5. by   J in MN
    I'm going back to school at age 45 to become a nurse. Registration is April 5 for fall semester. Yes, it is scary!
  6. by   bedhead
    GOOD LUCK TO YOU. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR BEING A NURSE IT HAS ENRICHED MY LIFE IN SO MANY WAYS. ALWAYS REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE YOU STARTED THE PROGRAM AND REFLECT ON YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR GOALS, AND REMEMBER TO DO THIS EVERY YEAR YOU WORK AS A RN. THINGS GET BETTER AND YOU'LL ALWAYS HAVE YOUR MOMENTS AND WE GROW WITH EVERY EXPERIENCE WE HAVE IN LIFE GOOD AND BAD. GOOD LUCK
  7. by   Carol E
    Robin, May God bless you on your choice!! i had wanted to be a nurse since age 5 and have been one now for 25 years - have not regretted a minute! I have worked in many areas of nursing - general med/surg, pediatrics, OB/L&D, cardiac, taught nurse aides, held clinics, home health, hospice and am now a certified chemo/oncology nurse in a busy MD office administering chemo every day. The rewards are many, the pay is not too bad, but the blessings keep coming! It can be heartbreaking, don't get me wrong, but with comassion and a caring, listening heart, it is well worth it! Good luck!
    Originally posted by Robin61970:
    Well, I have been reading through things on this board for days and while I may agree with some I don't agree with others(and before anyone makes a comment about it...I am going into the ADN program, but am not there yet). I have always been somewhat of a so called caregiver....I take care of anyone and everyone around me in one way or another. I have wanted to be a nurse for a very long time and I will be a nurse someday(even after reading some of the comments on this board). There are good things and bad things in any and every profession out there...this is a fact of life, but do any of you feel that you may be "scaring off" potential nursing canditates? I had my mind made up before even coming to this board, but those that don't will probably run screaming after reading some of this...makes it kind of difficult to get more people,lol.
    Everyone has a right to their opinion and this is mine. As for money...where I live the best place to work is the Whirpool factory( I work there and make 13 an hour, but I hate it....) That is the best job here so I feel that I don't have alot to lose...I would make more as a nurse and there is a shortage....thats how I look at it. And for those who are visiting here...I think alot of people who post here are airing their frustrations....we all have those...it's alot more fun to air them with people who know what you are talking about than those who don't. So some may have a chip on their shoulder....someday they will choose to stay in the profession or not.....their choice....Have a good day....
  8. by   Robin61970
    I really appreciate all of the responses I am getting to my post and it is a relief to see those who DO love their job. I believe that this is what I was meant to do...I have wanted it for a long time and luckily have a husband willing to sacrifice so I can go to school...you see I am quitting my job to go to school full time and it will mean that we won't have near the amount of money we had...but he accepts that and is pushing me forward...especially when I am scared,lol. Thanks so much...
  9. by   Robin61970
    Hello again....I wanted to say again how neat I think this board and some of the people are....I don't have alot to say right now, but i wanted to try to keep this topic on front page where anyone who visits will be sure to see it...some aren't as persistant as I am and wouldns't read more than one page...they'd probably run screaming,lol.....thanks again
  10. by   stubbly
    Hey Robin great to here you want to become a nurse. I chose this profession when I was in my thirties as well. My wife and I are both travelling nurses and we think it's great. study hard be open to experiences and you'll go far. We both wish you the best of luck...
  11. by   Robin61970
    Hello again, I just wanted to update people on how my current situation with school is going. As everyone knows it is almost impossible to go to school for nursing and work full time, but if you don't work then you have to do as I have and file for state assistance(HUD, food stamps). I didn't want to do that, but my husband told me that I should do whatever I had to do to make it through school and do well at it so I have done all of those things....still am actually...got a form for childcare assistance and everything..I was lucky...when I went to file for assistance I got a really wonderful lady who was very nice to me and most of us know how most of those workers can be to people. I have also been making some phone calls to local hospitals and finding out about their scholarship programs and such...I figure the more contacts I have the better. Does anyone out ther have any ideas for scholarships or financial assistance for college? I would appreciate any ideas...I am so excited about school!! For those who are in school I would like to recommend checking into the National student nursing association(NSNA)...I am going to join....thanks everyone for your support
  12. by   Joybug
    Dear Robin

    Good for you for returning to school. I was 25 when I returned. The average age of my class was 26!! not 18 when I went. Having a supportive spouse/family is your best asset. I deliberately did not work so that I could concentrate on my studies. And even though I had quite a debt when I graduated I did not regret doing it that way.

    P.S. I graduated 1st in my class

  13. by   Jason-ACNP
    Robin,

    I see that you are from Ft. Smith, so I thought I would respond. To begin, I appreciate your tenacity to pursue nursing as a career. I want to say that you were absolutely right when you wrote, "There are good things and bad things in every profession". I would also like to say that it is a real shame and dissapointment when nurses feel that they aren't able to promote their career to other prospective nurses. With that being said, I must say that I can relate to almost every comment that each nurse has placed on this bulletin board. I've done numerous jobs, from the most laborious construction jobs to the infinite, sweat filled days of the Marine Corps. Nothing I have ever done compares to the mental and physical challenges that nursing provides (including the Marines). Unfortunately, I don't mean this in a positive sense. While I love my job as an acute care nurse practitioner, I could never return to mainstream nursing as an RN. I feel this way despite the fact that after a year of experince, an RN can make a considerable amount of money as an agency nurse. My friend in Portland wrote me today to tell me that agency RNs in that area are being paid $95/hr (no kidding). Yet, he told me that he has had enough. The $1,140 per 12/hr shift isn't worth it anymore. That is a powerful statement considering he too has worked many laborious jobs for minimal wage. Yet, he states that nothing compares to the mental strain of nursing (for him). To give you a better idea, you might want to refer to my post, "Send my girl down here now", which may give you a very slight taste of what you may face many times a day as an RN.
    On the other hand, let me tell you the positives of nursing. The 3 day/week shifts are good (and don't let them talk you into more than that if you don't want to work them). Secondly, nursing has a vast selection of careers to choose from. Critical care, ER, OB-GYN, NICU, PICU, pediatrics, psych, medical-surigcal, OR, oncology, case managment, and on and on. I'm sure you can find something to suit you. Thirdly, the money is good once you start traveling or work agency. I traveled for awhile before returning to school, but I never did work a strike. I can't do that to my colleagues who have a damn good reason to strike. But remember, the money issue eventually becomes irrelevant, regardless of your financial status. I remember what it was like to scrape by on minimum wage (at $3.36/hr)
    If I may, let me give you some advice. Med-Surgical nurses, cardiac step-down nurses(or adult based floor nurses in general)are the heart of nursing and comprise some of the best nurses I've ever had the pleasure of working with. It takes a highly skilled, highly organized nurse to work the floors. With that being said, I would avoid working the floor at all costs. I have the highest respect for these nurses, but it kills me to see them receive the abuse that they do (I'm talking about the more than 20+ hospitals I've worked in as a traveler..not just one or two). At the same time, they do need reinforements to help lighten their burden.
    Another suggestion would be to pursue a BSN. While diploma nurses and ADNs receive excellent training, you have the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree if you choose to. It it is feasible for you, I know that UAMS has a satellite program at Fort Smith through telecommunications. Diplomas and ADNs who have pursued their BSN at a later date regret that they had not received their BSN initially. It is much harder going the other route.
    Anyway, I would be interested in learning of your perception of nursing once you begin your education, and particuarly once you graduate and gain some experience in whatever you choose. Good luck.

    Originally posted by Robin61970:
    Well, I have been reading through things on this board for days and while I may agree with some I don't agree with others(and before anyone makes a comment about it...I am going into the ADN program, but am not there yet). I have always been somewhat of a so called caregiver....I take care of anyone and everyone around me in one way or another. I have wanted to be a nurse for a very long time and I will be a nurse someday(even after reading some of the comments on this board). There are good things and bad things in any and every profession out there...this is a fact of life, but do any of you feel that you may be "scaring off" potential nursing canditates? I had my mind made up before even coming to this board, but those that don't will probably run screaming after reading some of this...makes it kind of difficult to get more people,lol.
    Everyone has a right to their opinion and this is mine. As for money...where I live the best place to work is the Whirpool factory( I work there and make 13 an hour, but I hate it....) That is the best job here so I feel that I don't have alot to lose...I would make more as a nurse and there is a shortage....thats how I look at it. And for those who are visiting here...I think alot of people who post here are airing their frustrations....we all have those...it's alot more fun to air them with people who know what you are talking about than those who don't. So some may have a chip on their shoulder....someday they will choose to stay in the profession or not.....their choice....Have a good day....

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