Hi, all. I'll try to be brief here. I'm scheduled to graduate from nursing school
in a month, and even though I'm committed to graduating, I'm considering not entering the profession. Barring failing finals, I stand to graduate with a 3.75-ish GPA. More important, I find providing direct patient care rewarding and meaningful, and every time I leave the clinical site for the evening, I feel both spiritually and scholastically uplifted. See, when I'm there I really want to be there and feel as though I am doing something to really help others, regardless of how menial the task may seem. I believe that many times, small things can matter a lot.
The problem is that for years I have heard the expression, "Nurses eat their young." It is so true. Even as a lowly nursing student, I have seen glaring examples of this. I'm not referring to nurses' treatment of nursing students; I'm talking about how I've seen them treat each other. Now, I currently work in another so-called "pink collar" profession (no offense, XY's) and have battled the "tacky female" politics for the past fifteen years, and it turns my stomach. It always has. I see examples of this philosophy in the nursing kingdom and hear horror stories from people I know in person and in this forum, and I'm scared to death of being chewed up and spit out when all I want to do is help these patients. I'm so scared that right about now...opening a surf shop in Belize sounds mighty attractive.
Guidance, please, if there are any takers.