Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Lisa, and I'm about to begin my first clinical rotation in nursing school (Foundations of Nursing). During the 15 week semester, the first 7 1/2 weeks are spent in lecture and lab, and then the last half we head to the nursing home for 3 weeks, and then 4 1/2 weeks at the hospital on a med/surg floor.
Yesterday was our orientation meeting, and while I know that the curriculum is tough, a little positivity would have been great. No. Most of the nursing coordinators stood up front and told us how hard it is, how we will never see our families and our lives will be turned upside down.
I am not naive. I know it's difficult. I know that my time will be stretched thin, but I refuse to believe that I can't find a balance. It was a very discouraging day for me and for everyone else in that room. It's no wonder we lose people each semester. The pressure is enormous.
In any event, wish me luck. I work full-time 2nd shift at a local hospital in Labor and Delivery as a Unit Clerk, have an 8 yr. old son, a wonderfully-supportive husband and I thought I'd train for a marathon in May.
I look forward to meeting all of you, and I am sure I'll find many valuable tidbits of information here, too!