moving away from old memories.. to be a good nurse

  1. hey! i'm not a nurse just yet, but god willing i will some day be one. i begin college in august and one of my majors is nursing, the other one marine science.

    to make a long story about my past short.. i'll just say i've had my share of illness, and have spent time in the psych ward and er. my perception of er nurses is grim, and my memories from the psych ward are, obviously, very bleek. i've witnessed psych technicians and nurses badger patients, myself included. i've seen very rude and mean nurses... along with those that were not so competant. now i do realize that being in a stressful situation like that can produce some.. odd moments you could say. but... there is still no need for meaness from a nurse, a person who is supposed to take care of you.

    now that said, i know being an er or psych nurse is not for me.. it wouldn't be wise for me to travel down memory lane while caring for the mental state of others and still follow protacol and procedure. in fact, i wish to specialize in pediatric oncology. i guess what i'm asking is.... how can i move past my bad experiences with nurses in order to complete nursing school and become a good nurse? i know nursing is what i want to do... it's in me, and i'm capable of doing it. it's just getting past the mental road block

    also, i have bi-polar disorder (hints the psych visits). how can i manage this stressful, to say the least, illness in college and on the job...... when proper sleep and routine is necessary for me to remain emotionally stable?
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  3. by   Tweety
    No advice here. Good luck in school.

    Sorry your perception of ER nurses and Pysch nurses is so grim, there are good and bad nurses out there.

    Nursing school can be very routine, and you can set up a pretty routine schedule. But it's going to be very stressful, emotionally draining, and physically exhausting. Only you know yourself and what you are capable of. But know these things before going in.
  4. by   janetrette
    hi,

    i am a student nurse and also a patient. i seen a lot as a patient. there are good nurses and some mean ones from what i had experienced but that doesn't stop me from becoming one. i had met a really good person - my nurse which shows me that it is the way to care for patients. with that i believe me and you can be give our love, knowledge to otheres because we want to.

    i seen a movie about nurses there are 3 keys becoming a nurse...
    a heart, confidents, and compassion...
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You can move past the experiences by becoming better than they were....one day at a time. Go to school, learn and take it one step at a time. You may soon feel your anger and fears dissipate as you move toward your goal of becoming a nurse. OR you may decide at some point, nursing is not for you. Either way, it will be ok! Hang in there.
  6. by   nurse_lilyjaderose
    thank you guys so much for that. and i do look forward to more comments on the matter. just last night i was reading a particularly mean strand of posts.... the thread is now closed and i don't believe i shall share where in which forum i read the posts (but i did leave my comment). and reading the 2nd post to this thread brought back a memory. i had a psych nurse named Sherry. she was the one that solidified the fact that i wanted to be a nurse. she was one of the coolest people i have ever met... i will never forget the lessons and counseling she taught me... she was wonderful. and wish i can emulate her style as a nurse. oh we had our bouts, but i thank her for them cuz she set it straight for me. it took several more years and experiences to for me to get back on track... without her of course. but i did do it... and i thank her to this day for what she did for me. and i was only in her care for a total of about 3 1/2 weeks. (2 visits)

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