I wish I'd have known....B4 nursing school

  1. What is the one thing that you know NOW, but you wish you would have known BEFORE you started nursing school?:uhoh21:
    •  
  2. 75 Comments

  3. by   Janet Barclay
    how much nights, weekends, and holidays were going to effect my life
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    How my free time would get so flushed down the toilet so fast, and how much it would affect my personal relationships.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    That like all things, nursing school does indeed end, and faster than you think. So, just deep breathe, work hard, soak up all you can and deal with it. Soon enough, you will be out on the floor, working as a nurse, only without the safety net of your instructors to fall back on.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on May 3, '04
  6. by   prmenrs
    That there are days when I would feel like a plumber, electrician, chemist, and/or an electronics technician, and other days when I would feel like a psychologist, chaplain, and/or mother, and that I would love both kinds of days.
  7. by   uk_nurse
    how unappreciated nurses are, the hours we do and if we dont leave on time no extra money
  8. by   teeituptom
    welcome to the wonderfull world of nursing
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from teeituptom
    welcome to the wonderfull world of nursing

    Stop saying that already, Tom!
  10. by   Chibi Baka
    I think I'm scared
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    That it's better to be nice than to be right.
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    That it's better to be nice than to be right.

    When it comes to pt advocasy, I'd rather be right than nice!

    But, even when I'm fighting for what's right for a pt, I'm still nice, lol.
  13. by   heart queen
    That there are NO patients who have read "the book", and follow some obscene clinical course undescribed by any nursing or medical book.

    That you have to have the thickest skin, the softest heart and the boys of brass to take the best care of the most hateful patient with the most incompetent doc.

    That I am SOLEY responsible for oral hygeine vrs thrush, turning vrs. bedsores, coding a 95 yr. old vrs. talking to family about a DNR. Saying what else can I do after 10 orders have just been barked at me by a patient and I'm still in the room with a smile with a list a mile long of things to be done..if I can just.. get ..out. Answering the call bell for the umteeth time in an hour because grandma is lonely, and choosing between pulling up a chair or walking out. That each decision shapes what type of nurse I have and will become....

    okay heavy stuff, sorry I got sappy.

    how 'bout it is the most overworked, underpaid, horrific, @#$$%### job, and I would LOVE it and become a better person each time I clocked in.

    okay, still sappy, can't help it, I'm just FULL of sap tonight
  14. by   moia
    I wish I had known that I would be really good at nursing, I would have really let a few clinical instructors have it.
    I wish I had known how really sad you can feel when you get to the end of treatment and realize there is nothing left and the patient is going to die and nothing you do will change that fact.
    I wish I had known that doctors are just goofy people like us , I would have been more proactive instead of being intimidated and letting my patients down when they needed me to be their advocate.


    There is so much I wish I had been taught...a course on how to survive a crisis instead of sociology, a course on dealing with death and how to ask for a DNR , or how to tell a family their loved one is dead or horribly injured....why was none of this covered? We got weeks of patho and anatomy but nobody bothered to have a class about real issues that we face every day...how about a class that roleplays the patient that won't get off the call bell, the family that makes everyone crazy...I wish I had been given real skills for that instead of learning by trial and error.

close