I got my CNA certificate back in 2008. I worked in several nursing homes, but I always ended up quiting. I was stressed out and sick to my stomach every day I had to go to work. I became a CNA while trying to get into nursing school
. I'm finally in my first semester and I like it so far. We start clinicals next week and I'm really nervous, but the excitedness outweighs the nervousness. I'm just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience.
Also, today we were practicing our injections and my teacher asked us, "Are you ready for your clinicals?" We all kind of said yes, apprehensively and she said, "Well, you'll get to find out if this is what you want to do for the rest of your life." And a few weeks ago, she said some students make it through to their 3rd or 4th semester and decide it isn't what they wanted to do and drop out and experience the same dread I experienced on my way to work at the nursing homes, but she's never discussed the fact that if the hospital freaks us out, there's a hundred other nursing occupations we could go into. Has anyone else had a teacher that hasn't discussed this with them?
I know I want to be a nurse. I love medicine and helping people and the job security (although that's not so consistent nowadays) and the different career options being a nurse affords you. I guess I've just always thought that if I didn't want to work in a hospital, people would look down on me, or that I'd look down on myself. Or that somehow, I wouldn't get the "full" experience of being a nurse and I wouldn't learn to practice all my skills.
I guess it's the first time I've vented all this stuff and thought about it.