What constitutes a "real" nurse? I have been an RN for 4 years, with experience in correctional nursing, and in the community as a supervisor of CNAs in the geriatric setting. I have never worked in a hospital except for in my clinicals in nursing school
. While I can do phlebotomy and administer shots, I have little or no experience with IVs, trachs, tube feedings, vents, etc. This has always made me feel "lesser" of a nurse. The dilemma is that with the nursing shortage here, I have an opportunity to learn those skills since hospitals are hiring. However, I also have an opportunity to become an instructor for a medical assistant program. With 2 young children (4 and 2 years old) at home, I know it will be very hard to work at the hospital and go back to rotating shifts and weekend/holiday hours. The teaching position is M-F, daytime only. I am torn between feeling like I should be getting those hospital skills, and wanting to teach and have a more normal schedule to be with my family. What do you other nurses think? Should a nurse have a hospital background in order to be a "real" nurse? Has anyone had a similiar situation? I have always had high praise from supervisors, yet somehow, I feel I am not real. Any comments would be enlightening!
Jul 3, '01
As Dplear said, a real nurse is one who has completed the training and passed boards. You are a s much a nurse as I am working in the ER, as a DON is, as a long term care nurse, as an nursing instructor is, as: Ok you get the point.
I believe that you will be happiest with a postion that meets your personal needs. If you are happy with a positon then you will be better at at it. Do not take a positon you dread going to everyday (or night) it would only make life rougher and none of us need do that to ourselves.
Good Luck in whatever positon you persue, and remember you'll always be a real nurse.
Last edit by mikemw on Jul 3, '01