So.... How many years have YOU been a nurse?? - page 4

Searchin for the longest experienced nurse out there. Was just wondering as I was thinking about all the tremendous changes nursing has brought about through out the years. Nursing doesn't seem the... Read More

  1. by   imenid37
    16 llllllllooooooooooooonnnnnnngggggggg years as an rn. graduated 6/61987. 4 years as an na. 3 years as a jr. volunteer in high school. my 1st job was "patient feeder". i helped feed older pt's at dinner time on med-surg units in a hospital. i have never even worked at mcdonald's. i need to get a life (lol)!
  2. by   KathleenC
    Another 31 year veteran as an RN, here. Not to mention 3 as a candy striper in high school. Most of my classmates worked as NAs (no CNAs way back then) or LPNs (you could take the LPN boards after 1 year of college) while we were in college, but I skipped that and worked as an office clerk during that time.
    My program was a, unusual for the time, 4 year, BSN college program.
    Last edit by KathleenC on Aug 17, '03
  3. by   mattsmom81
    I suffer to think how my back, legs and feet will feel after 30 some years vs 20 some...!

    Only 1 yr candy striper, 1 yr CNA, 4 yrs LPN, and 22 RN here. Nice to hear of of nurses even more 'seasoned' than myself still able to tolerate the workload...maybe I'll gain stamina as I age......hehe.
  4. by   bestblondRN
    25 years total-5 as a NA during school, and 20 as a RN. Here's to us longtimers who have outlived the average working lifespan of a nurse (7.5 years)!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   wif411
    Okay only 17 years--------but my feet say more. And with 4 yrs CNA before that.:kiss



    Hey---I forgot the candystripper thing too---two years as that..........
    Last edit by wif411 on Aug 19, '03
  6. by   longtimeRN
    I graduated in 1978. Nursing sure has changed over the years. Or maybe it's me.......
  7. by   hbscott
    4 years Navy Hospital Corpsman, 2 years Emergency Medical Technician, 4 years Surgical Technician, 15 years Registered Nurse. 25 years in Health Care but no longer practicing as a nurse.

    -HBS
  8. by   hilltopper
    32 years RN, BSN
    Many things have changed and many have stayed the same!
  9. by   PRC
    Will be starting my 41st year in September. All in various areas of Behavioral Health. Boy, have things changed over the years. Still going strong, and don't expect to retire for a while. Each day is as exciting and fulfilling as the day I started.
  10. by   kittylover
    I have been an LPN for 25 years, 3 years as an aide before that.
    Judy
  11. by   Lilycat
    24 years and still working as a staff nurse! I guess I kind of like it... Anyways my back will be the thing that finally stops me from working.
  12. by   OKNURSE
    I graduated from nursing school in 1968 in Kansas City. So I have been a nurse for 35 years!
  13. by   Shell7280
    I've been an RN for only 1 year and 3 months. .

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