So.... How many years have YOU been a nurse?? - page 5

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   Guardian
    I have been a nurse over 30 years, have enough education to have 2.5 masters degrees and am generally very tired of it, even though I'm grateful for the experience and income it has given me. I'm not unproud, just generally fed up with it.
  2. by   jadednurse
    July was 8 years as an RN for me...feels longer though!

    Wow, kind of makes me feel embarassed to complain about burnout when I hear about nurses practicing for 20-30+ years. I'll quit my crabbin"!!!
  3. by   gingerzoe
    I became an LPN in 1978. Then I went to become an RN and graduated in l995. So, I guess I have been in health care a total of 25 years.
  4. by   PEDSNURSE74
    I have been a nurse for a total of 31 years,2 years as a nursing assistant while in school.
    I still think it's the best job in the world.
    I am still in awe of all the changes made in nursing and how technical our jobs have become.
    I don't always agree with how things are done or how nurses are treated.
    It still amazes me that I have a person's life in my hands and I still get paid less than most careers.
    I have always said it takes a very special person to be a nurse,
    and the good ones usually stand out.
    Gosh....
    Where have the years gone,lol.
  5. by   healingtouchRN
    14+ as RN, & very glad I did it!!!:chuckle
  6. by   nurseimcu
    I have been an LPN for 27 years and just found out Thursday that I passed my boards for RN...Thank Goodness!!!!
  7. by   judy ann
    Well, let's see. I entered nursing school September 5, 1956, and graduated August 3, 1959. I took the 3 day long state boards in October and finally got results that I had passed on January 20, 1960. As you see, those were milestone dates in my life. Nursing is my life. I wonder why anyone would want to do anything else, even though I wish nursing was the nursing of 15-20 years ago. So far as how long have I been a nurse? All of my life. I was born with a stethescope in my ears!:chuckle So far as how many years has it been official, you do the math.:chuckle
    Last edit by judy ann on Aug 18, '03
  8. by   crissyb
    In Feb., will be 25 years. Yes, I took the 2 day boards and wouldn't ever think of re-taking them!
  9. by   AHRN
    Graduated with BSN in 1972. Have been working ever since in pediatrics.
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    I have a nurse on my staff who passed exam on 12/30/1955!

    Still works 2 days a week 3 years after retirement and is tickled pink to have bought a duplex home with another RN last friday.

    Now plans on working 10 more years till morgage paid off.
  11. by   Disablednurse
    Although I last worked on Dec 19, 2001, I have been a nurse for 26 years and I do count all my nursing years, LPN and RN. I am now disabled due to failed back syndrome and miss nursing terribly.
  12. by   healingtouchRN
    congrats!!!!! things will change!!!!
  13. by   JBudd
    22 years RN-BSN, 2 years aide, 2 years candystriper
    I've done medsurg, GS camp nurse, volunteer work in orphanages in Bangladesh & India, more medsurg, oncology, dermatology, step down critical care, and now 7 years ER. Love ER.

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