Hi, I'm a 34 year old woman from Oklahoma. I'm married with no kids but hope to have a child when I get out of school. I have two more classes to take before starting nursing school
in August. I want to go into Obstetrics or Pediatrics. I called a hospital here in town today and they said they only hire one RN who is fresh out of school a year to work in Obstetrics and Peds. Does that sound right? When I was in the burn unit when I was four, I was terrified and in pain but my parents and the great nurses I had got me through it. I really would like to take care of kids. I am a bit nervous about the training in nursing school. I've read the horror stories in this forum about bedpans full of worms, pt's covered in poop, maggots in wounds and suctioning a trache (sp?) and the ever popular GI bleed. I don't even know what a trache is but it sound gross. I just hope the good outweighs the bad and I can go home at the end of the day feeling like I made a difference in someone's life. Even though nurses are underappreciated and overworked, would most of you say it is a rewarding career? Would working in a clinic or physicians office be a better way to go?
I know I have lots of questions, but you all seem so friendly and I have really enjoyed reading the posts here. It is the first place I've found that really gives me an idea of what to expect working as a nurse. You are all great.
Any advice would be appreciated.
LeeLee from Oklahoma