new guy, nursing as a career, input plz - page 2
Hello! New guy here...finally a nursing board with more than 14 members. Anyways im a 23/m/canadian and considering nursing as a career and entering my first year introductory courses in july.... Read More
Mar 7, '02ghechaw CNA license. Become a certified nursing assistant. Then, as "Kidd rock" says, "get in the pit and try to love someone!" Just make sure you don't "Up jump the boogie" too quick :-)
That was a crock, the person who dissed the older nurses, calling them old. Those kinds of statements become hooked in the sky, and drop on you when you ain't thinking. Yawda know better :-(
Mar 8, '02Originally posted by mario_ragucci
Become a certified nursing assistant. Then, as "Kidd rock" says, "get in the pit and try to love someone!" Just make sure you don't "Up jump the boogie" too quick :-)
Mario, I think I've finally found someone with a taste in music as psychotic as mine
Mar 8, '02Same here with the psychotic music. Just bought new KidRock CD and love to listen to it LOUD while screaming down the highway in my Camaro. And BY THE WAY, to to those who wish to stereotype us 'old nurses', I have a son gigolo's age. So THERE!
Mar 8, '02I'm new to this board also, and like Gigolo I'm looking to go into the nursing field too, but after reading ya'lls comments I'm re-thinking. Is it all bad? Surely there has to be some kind of gratification, or you wouldn't have been doing it as long as you have. I know everyone's nursing life is different, so someone please respond with some good news about this career, it all can't be gloom and doom. (jaylee)
Mar 8, '02Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
a taste in music as psychotic as mine
So slide over here, and give me a moment, your moves are so raw, I've got to let you know, your one of my kind (I'm one of your kind):kiss
Mar 8, '02Hi Jaylee!
As an "oldster" to the field of nursing, nursing has been very kind to me for the most part of my career...until I injured my right shoulder on the job, but couldn't claim any financial assist from workman's comp because I "wouldn't name a specific patient that was the cause of my injury"....
Moving on.... Nursing is what you make it just like any other career choice of a person's choosing. Every career has an "upside" as well as a "downside". Questions to ask yourself are: (1) Why do I want to be a nurse? (2) What do I hope to "give" to the profession of nursing? (3) What do I hope to "gain" from the profession once I become a nurse? (4) Am I choosing nursing for anything other than the true satisfaction of helping the sick and dying? (5) Am I choosing to become a nurse because of the money I stand to make?
Nursing, like motherhood, can often be a very nonappreciative course of life, but the rewards are so overwhelming at times in the outcome of seeing those you help along in their life become someone special to society. Nursing the sick and dying is often times very stressful. Nursing drains one emotionally, physically, and spiritually -- more times than not. Nursing is a very challenging career filled with many possiblities, but there is nothing "glamorous" about nursing. You'll get dirty, bloody, germier than germy, bruised, abused, disrespected, and all the things no human being should ever have to endure. But, that's the brunt of nursing "human beings" back to wellness, and dealing with management, and administrative politics to boot!
If you can handle all of the above, then nursing may be for you!
I loved helping patients feel better! I loved doing dressing changes, wound care, giving injections, starting IVs, teaching patients and their family members pre and post-op instructions; I loved knowing that during the course of my day, I was able to reach out and touch someone other than those within my own world of relatives, and make a difference in a stranger's life. I loved knowing that my patients appreciated me, even if nursing management didn't. It's a wonderful lift to be able to "lift" another human being above one's own self, and see them on the road to living as healthy a life as they possibly can "for them".
"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." -- W. A. Nance :kissLast edit by live4today on Mar 8, '02
Mar 8, '02LIKE I SAID, GROUCHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYyy.........................I LOVE OLD NURSES, MY MOTHER IS AN OLD NURSE, AND A GOOD ONE TOO, IM JUST SAYIN. IF HES IN THE NURSING FEILD FOR WOMEN, HE BETTER LIKE OLD WOMEN, CUS MORE THAN HALF OF THEM ARE OLD,..........IF YA TOOK IT AS AN INSULT, O WELL CANT HELP YOUR FEELINGS...........ALL I CAN DO IS EXPRESS MINE! TOOTLES........
Mar 8, '02Ahhhhh, Kellie...don't allow us "oldsters" to get to you in that way. We're just having fun teasing you with our "old age wisdom". There isn't a time in anyone's life that they don't go through stages of looking at others as either "young ones" or "old ones", so we're just teasing, arent' we "old nurses"??? Everythings cool, huh guys?
My youngest daughter is 25 years young, and just this morning she was saying how my oldest two grandsons -- who are her oldest two nephews -- think their "16" year old baby sitter is "old", and how at 25, she thinks anyone over 40 is old, and how people who are over 40, start thinking even 60 is looking pretty good to them....:chuckle :roll :chuckle
I hope this makes you laugh and feel better, Kellie! After all, we WERE your age once upon a season!
Socrates in Plato's "The Republic" once said..."I enjoy talking with very old people. They have gone before us on a road by which we too may have to travel, and I think we do well to learn from them what it is like."
Mar 8, '02Kellie - you know as well as I do - that you don't get old until you get married. People are like flowers. They're beautiful. But once the pollen hits them, now they go to seed. Or a river, your young when you are free flowing. But once you get married, you slow down, stagnate, and stink (yuck!)
Zap! Pow! Bing! Boom! Crash! Roar!
Mario dies laughing, and ascends to the great soap box in the sky :-)
Mar 9, '02Originally posted by Jaylee
.... Is it all bad? Surely there has to be some kind of gratification, or you wouldn't have been doing it as long as you have. I know everyone's nursing life is different, so someone please respond with some good news about this career, it all can't be gloom and doom. (jaylee)
It's not all bad. I still love it. I fit in with the "old" croud, chronologically, though I have to admit, my chromosomes don't match.
Nursing has it's own set of rewards. You won't get rich as a nurse, but, you won't starve either. Like any profession, you'll always want more money, better conditions, less work, more vacation time, ...... Pro ball players go on strike for more millions. It's just your perspective.
Go for it! Add your talents and make your improvements as you can. Just don't expect to change it overnight. Choose your battles, and then fight them to win. In the long run it's YOU that you have to live with.
Just my $ 0.02.
Mar 9, '02Amen Ken! I like your ".02" worth! Good advice, and so well put!
"I've learned that the best laid plans of mice and men often go to waste if not tended to with passion of heart and given one's 100% focus."-- "Me own words here"
Mar 9, '02For sure there are good things in nursing, Jaylee, or I wouldn't still be one after 25 years! As with any career, you take the good with the bad. I feel a sense of satisfaction as I help a family through a loved one's death. I feel purpose as I navigate a fresh CABG patient through his first 24 hours postop and do what needs to be done to stabilize him. It's a rush to know you've made a difference by saving a life or 'catching' and heading off a complication or even just holding a hand. I smile as I see a new nurse's "lightbulb" come on when he/she asks for my input and 'gets' what I'm saying. This is the stuff that nurses live for!
I also feel strongly that nursing today do little to prepare new grads for the stark realities of nursing today. Read Amy's story on the unsafe staffing thread and you'll see what she is going through. My heart goes out to her.
And gettin' hitched doesn't make ya old, Mario, it keeps you young, as does having kiddos! LOL! I've got boys Mario's and Gigolo's age and more power to 'em! May you both make GREAT nurses.... cuz there ain't no limit if your heart is in it.
Kellie girl, I feel an honest asessment isn't grouching, but do you feel better now that I've expounded on some of the positives? Hope so! Luv ya'll!!
Mar 9, '02Originally posted by Jaylee
I'm new to this board also, and like Gigolo I'm looking to go into the nursing field too, but after reading ya'lls comments I'm re-thinking. Is it all bad? Surely there has to be some kind of gratification, or you wouldn't have been doing it as long as you have. I know everyone's nursing life is different, so someone please respond with some good news about this career, it all can't be gloom and doom. (jaylee)
What are YOU looking for?
If you are looking for something that will make you use your brain, will make you challenge yourself - GO FOR IT !
If you are looking for something that will help you learn about yourself (and what you are or are not made of) as well as other human beings - something that will enhance your insight into life in general - GO FOR IT ! (but never stop learning)
If you are looking for tangible rewards - forget it. I won't complain about the money though, because for the rural area I live in, I consider myself pretty fortunate compared to some other (non nurse) women I know.
If you are looking to get ONLY positive response from people whose lives you have entered into on a professional basis - again I say forget it. There is a lot of positive, but a lot of negative. If you are the kind of person who can deal with the negative without taking it personally then it may be for you. But if you're someone who NEEDS only positive feedback all the time just to feel "needed"- then it may not be for you.
The establisments we work for are usually and sadly more concerned about other things, than to spend time worrying about our well-being or concerns.
The patients we work with are too sick/ill/debilitated (or whatever) to care (and rightfully so) about how satisfied the nurse is with work. So in that regard - you have to find your own 'rewards'. When that patient you didn't think heard any of what you said to them, or didn't acknowledge any of what you did for them, comes back later and does or says some little something that makes you feel you DID make a difference (even if in a small way) - well if you can accept that as reward enough - then GO FOR IT !