[QUOTE]Originally posted by sWolfie:
[QB]Nobody is better then anyone else. Just because you went to school/college for a piece of paper.
I am pretty new here, actually just graduated with an ADN yesterday, but I have to say something about this comment.
I was a nursing assistant for 11 years before I went to nursing school. I KNOW what it is like to be a nursing asst., to be made to feel as though I am less than because I didn't have an education. I know how hard a nursing assistant's job is and I have the utmost respect for the position.
That being said, I would like to elaborate on the "piece of paper" I just earned. Which, by the way, does not make me any better than anyone. Just more educated than some and less educated than others. I would also like to say that before I started nursing school, I THOUGHT, (nobody laugh) that I knew what I needed to know to be a nurse already, nursing school was just something I had to do in order to be "considered" a nurse. Of course, now I know that my thinking was laughable, maybe a little dangerous.
My "piece of paper" has been responsible for teaching me so many things. Critical thinking. What electrolytes are and what it means when they are out of balance. How to appropriately respond to patients and use what they are saying to allow me to help them. The earliest signs of hypoxia. How important I and O is. Why it is important to keep the foley bag BELOW the level of the bladder. NO ONE ever taught me that as a nursing assistant. These are just a FEW of the things I learned in nursing school. I and O, foleys, weights, these were just things I did because I had to, I didn't know they were so important and needed careful attention paid to them. As a nursing assistant, these were chores that sometimes I didn't pay enough attention to, because I didn't know. Now I know. It does not mean I am better than anyone else, it just means I now have a little more knowledge.
That "piece of paper" caused me to lose countless hours of sleep, practically orphaned my son as my husband commutes and is not home during the week, and don't even ASK what it did to my marriage because school came FIRST, before EVERYTHING. We have been the poorest we have ever been while I was in school, especially this last year because it was too much for me to work, go to school and pretend to be a wife and mother. We had no insurance and everytime I took my son, who has asthma, to the doctor, it came out of our pocket, which we could ill afford. My parents have helped us financially, thank God, because I don't think we would have made it without them. They knew how important it was for me to finish school. Several women in my class are singles mothers and they DID work, go to school, and try to be mothers all at the same time. I bow to them.
At my pinning ceremony this last Friday night, after both the ADNs and the BSNs were pinned, our instructors had us stand. The audience started clapping and before long they were on their feet. None of us had dry eyes; most of my class, not to mention the audience, was sobbing. Our families knew how much we, and THEY, had sacrificed to get to that night. And now we are going to be able to use our knowledge not only for our patient's benefit, but for ourselves and our families as well.
This short explanation does not come close to how hard I worked to get through nursing school or what a victory it has been for me. To dismiss the last two years of my life as a "piece of paper" is inconsiderate to say the least and proves that anyone saying that has NO idea of how hard I have worked and what my degree and title mean to me. I am quite sure that any nurse, LPN, RN, or BSN, will second my emotions.