So.... How many years have YOU been a nurse??

  1. 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 same as it was 16 yrs ago ( For myself ), or even 10 or even 5 years ago!
    Thanks for sharing
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  3. by   live4today
    I graduated sixteen years ago! And received notification that I passed my NCLEX 16 Sept. 87! :hatparty:

    That was such a momentous and thrilling moment, not to mention how much weight was lifted off of me once learning I had passed the biggest test of all time in my life! :chuckle Whew! Sitting for state boards for two full eight hour days of WRITTEN EXAM testing compared to what the nurses today are dealing with. Makes me laugh when I hear them sweating over the test being cut off at 75 questions on the computer meaning for the most part they passed! Wonder what kind of sweat they would have put out had they been in our shoes!

    Anyway, I am going to celebrate by wearing all white and a nursing cap to work on my big day Sept. 16, 2003!
  4. by   CseMgr1
    Counting the years as an L.P.N. and R.N.: 31.
  5. by   P_RN
    Started school in '62 finished in '74 so 29 years licensed. Add 7 years as medical assistant if you wish, but 29 as a nurse.
  6. by   renerian
    Wow I only have been an RN 17 years! LOL.

    renerian
  7. by   Audreyfay
    I have 27 years as an RN under my belt. 3 years as a Nursing Assistant before that. Can't beat P_RN!
  8. by   Nurse89
    I hear that cheerfuldoer,...and then waiting by the mailbox for the results Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary too

    I graduated in June 89...took Nclex 2 months later and waited another month for the results in the mail lol

    so...14 yrs licensed and a CNA for 5 yrs before that

    Way to go P_RN!
  9. by   live4today
    Well, since we're counting our Nursing Assistant days............I worked as a NA during my final year of clinicals before graduating from nursing school.
  10. by   Angelica
    0.167 years
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    3 yrs aide, 5 yrs LPN, 21 RN: 29 years in healthcare
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Angelica
    0.167 years
    Awwwww...how wonderful! :hatparty:
  13. by   Nurse89
    CseMgr1---wow, 31 years. Way to go! Way to go!
  14. by   featherzRN
    14 years RN (wow, has it been that long?!?) and 2 years LVN.

    H.

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