Hi all, I'm new to all of this. Since I was 11 years old, I always wanted to be a nurse. Long story short, my dad told me I wouldn't make it. And stupid me..... I believed him. Now I'm in my thirties and I wanna go for my dream. I'm married and a mommy of two lilttle ones. So I have to be very wise about what moves I make; in order to make this dream come true. So my questions are:
what are the benefits of shadowing a nurse?
Is shadowing something done for just a few hours or a day?
Will I really get the real feel for nursing in just one day of shadowing?
What do volunteers do? Cause I wouldn't want the nurses to feel like I'm in their way. I'm thinking about volunteering in my local hospital.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and for any advice given.
Sep 9, '11
funny, i would say the opposite of the first post...I'm in my first semester of nursing school. I've shadowed a RN at an ambulatory surgery center several times and I work as a CNA and sitter. Comparing what I saw while I was shadowing to what I see as a CNA, I would say that shadowing (even one day) does a MUCH better job of giving a feel for what a "day in the life" is like. When I work as a CNA and sitter, it's more like "You do you, I'll do me, and if you happen to need help I'm here" but not a lot of getting to watch what the nurses do-because there's no time! I've never volunteered but I'm assuming they'd keep even volunteers busy enough that you wouldn't get to do much more than run some papers for nurses or say "hey" when one walks by your station...
That said, while I don't think volunteering would give you a feel for what nursing is like, it would
give you a feel for the general atmosphere of the hospital (which is something to get used to in and of itself). And it's a great way to serve your community and to begin networking because even if it seems like it will be forever til you have RN behind your name, "who" you know can be very helpful in the competetive hiring process one day...
So my 2 cents is volunteer if you have time (easier said than done, i know!) but if you really
want to get a feel for what nursing is like, shadow as much as you can. That way, you get to see a lot of the little details and interpersonal communication between members of healthcare team...
And i know what you mean about someone bringing you down- my 4th grade math teacher called me stupid in front of the whole class one day and I didn't realize until a few years ago (now i'm in my late-20s) that i'm actually pretty awesome with math and science. and you know what? i sure as heck went back to my grade school, found her, and told her exactly that. lol she didn't even remember me but it made me feel resolved about it.
Shadow if you can and you're going to be great, i'm sure. good luck with the full load your balancing!
Last edit by RN in training on Sep 9, '11
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