What would you tell to your younger self? - page 2

Hi guys, I'm 19 years old currently taking prerequisites courses for the adn program in a community college, I'm developing a big passion towards taking care of patients in and out of the hospital.... Read More

  1. by   imintrouble
    Financial planning.
    When I think of all the money I made, and squandered, I get depressed.
  2. by   xxkmpxx
    Pretty much what others said. I didn't take my classes seriously and had to pay more money to retake them later to get a's in them to get into my program. So do your BEST in class!

    Volunteering is great, but I would also suggest getting your CNA license and work even part time if you are able to. It's great experience.
  3. by   xxkmpxx
    Quote from imintrouble
    Financial planning.
    When I think of all the money I made, and squandered, I get depressed.
    This too!!! Save save save! Start a savings just got school. Just got into a program and I'm seriously stressing on the costs of books, uniforms, and tuition... And my school is a community college
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    Save the money, absolutely. I rue the day I took a perfectly good hunk of money out of a retirement account to buy new carpeting thinking I would have lots of time to pay myself back. Gone, gone, gone...and that was decades ago and I could actually retire by now!

    Words that fit so many situations: Don't put it off!
  5. by   DSkelton711
    I would still get married to the man I am married to still. As far as school and career, I would be a computer geek instead of a nurse.
  6. by   PatMac10,RN
    CRNA means Certified "Registered" Nurse Anesthetist. These are advanced practice nurses who function in a role similar to that of an Anesthesiologist or MD who practices Anesthesia.

    Seeing as I just turned 20 about 2 months ago, I would probably still be studying for my Mid-terms for my fourth semester of Nursing school. Keep devoting yourself to your studies. Search for opportunities. Keep volunteering. Enjoy life as much as you can.
  7. by   MN-Nurse
    Quote from johntomines
    What would you guys do if time has flipped back and you were 19 again?
    Skip the drinking. You can have all the fun you want and more without booze.
  8. by   Nascar nurse
    Enjoy the moment. Learn to laugh at yourself. Sing out loud now and then. Dance like no one is watching. Always be your own biggest cheerleader.
  9. by   coughdrop.2.go
    Stay away from credit cards! And my ex.....
  10. by   AnonRNC
    A 19-year-old who is asking "oldies" for advice probably does not need any; kudos to you!

    1. If your family doesn't provide good role models, seek out a mentor - maybe a professor, an older co-worker, etc. to help talk you through decisions.
    2. Get to know your TRUE self so that your decisions reflect your heart, not the influences of important people in your life - including family or a mentor.
    3. Don't get into debt (MAYBE for school, but nothing else for sure!).
  11. by   SwansonRN
    Don't be competitive with other nursing students--you're all in it together. Stop caring so much what everyone thinks about you while you're at it. Have some fun, too!
  12. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    1. Get on a diet, hit the gym.

    2. Do not marry her, run!

    3. Get this powerball ticket, the numbers are...

    4. When you see the ad for Boston Terriers for sale, that feeling of "I want one" will be one of the best decisions you make the next decade, since you won't have the wife to make you go get him- he's the runt!

    5. Don't let your parents buy the Yorkie, she escaped from hell one stormy night, and she will hate everything about you!!

    6. That Jaguar you want so bad when you graduate is a lemon, and just replacing one wood panel will cost $1800- because to replace one panel they have to replace them all. Oh yeah, water pump will be $600. Your going to win the lottery anyway- you can get a new one!
  13. by   azhiker96
    Consider doing a 20 year stint in the military in a medical branch. You'll get great experience and have slightly less crud to put up with than other areas. Also, you will be able to retire at age 40 and have health care and pension for life.

    Take a Dave Ramsey course and learn to stay away from debt like it's the plague. It really is a plague. I worked for years for the banks. Not at the banks, but for the banks. When I totaled up the interest on my loans a big chunk of my pay was going to the banks and they loved it.

    Find a job you love to do and do that. I followed money for awhile but it led to gerd, HTN, and tons of stress. Now I'm in a job I love that pays half as much but my BP is great and I'm very happy.

    When you date, pick someone you might want to marry because that sometimes happens after awhile. Also, date someone who also works in your field. They will be able to understand the ups and downs of your days and it's much easier to sustain a household with two incomes.