How about some positive nursing school/job stories for us newbies? - page 2

by PurplePRN

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I officially start "real" nursing school next week. No more prereq's. Time for the real deal. Of course, I'm super nervous, as are all of us newbies. It's a bit off putting to see all the recent posts of frustrated RN's and other... Read More


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    I am also starting nursing school in a week, and am thankful for this post! I really need some encouragement. I have been reading quite a bit on AN hoping I would find some great advice, but I have mostly become discouraged. It has caused me have doubts on whether I am making the right decision by going to nursing school.

    This is my second round with school, as I have previously earned a Bachelors Degree. After learning I was accepted into the nursing program, I finally felt like I was headed in the right direction for once in my life. It is difficult and discouraging to read about how unhappy people are with their jobs and how difficult it has been for people to find jobs. I have always heard so many great things about the field, which is why I have always wanted to become a nurse and after visiting this site I am nervous that I have made a mistake. I know that school as well as working as a nurse, is not a cake walk, but ultimately so rewarding. I feel like I can't waste any more time as I would like to start a family with my husband and finally have a secure job making decent money. Any positive feedback and encouragement from all you veteran nurses out there would be GREATLY appreciated. I need some reassurance!
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    Nursing school is hard. I'm in a 4 year BSN program, with our gen-ed courses worked in freshman year, so I've been at it for awhile now, and have been seeing patients since Freshman year of college. And I'm a Junior now. It's so hard to believe that I only have 3 semesters left...

    But this is what I will say. Nursing school is hard, it will push you, you may (probably will) cry and there will be times when you think you just can't do it anymore. BUT you will have those clinical days where you want to cry from JOY. You will find what you love. There are SO SO SO many job options out there during school and even more after graduation. If you hate one clinical rotation, you may love another....Don't judge anything before you experience it for yourself.

    The best advice I can give is work hard, save time for fun and keep an OPEN MIND!!

    Good luck to all the newbies out there!
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    Nursing school is hard and is time consuming! But I met some awesome people in nursing school including my husband and our best man! Hang in there!
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    Quote from GrnTea
    I liked nursing school, didn't work as hard as I could have because I was supporting myself and running a household too, but I graduated with an acceptable (if not stellar) GPA. I went to work in a job I didn't plan on taking but it was the only one available at the time and then I ended up loving it. It led me to increasing responsibility and wider experiences, and then to graduate school so I could teach. It was a great couple of decades and I just loved it.

    I'm not doing bedside now but I am still a nurse and I am still absolutely loving what I do and the people with whom I do it. Having a good nursing education made that all possible.

    There are a lot of us out here. We don't make a fraction as much clamor as the whiners, haters, and complainers, but by god we're out here doing the work.

    You can grow up to be ... us. Please do. We need you out here.
    Thank you for this. It lifted me.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    I liked nursing school, didn't work as hard as I could have because I was supporting myself and running a household too, but I graduated with an acceptable (if not stellar) GPA. I went to work in a job I didn't plan on taking but it was the only one available at the time and then I ended up loving it. It led me to increasing responsibility and wider experiences, and then to graduate school so I could teach. It was a great couple of decades and I just loved it.

    I'm not doing bedside now but I am still a nurse and I am still absolutely loving what I do and the people with whom I do it. Having a good nursing education made that all possible.

    There are a lot of us out here. We don't make a fraction as much clamor as the whiners, haters, and complainers, but by god we're out here doing the work.

    You can grow up to be ... us. Please do. We need you out here.
    I agree with GrnTea.

    I LOOOVEE being a nurse!!!! For what it's worth, your experiences in nursing school are a great base...you get to observe the unit culture, you will see a multitude of nurses practicing. Yes, nursing school can be difficult for many people...heck life itself is difficulty for MANY people-your pts, drs, nurses, etc...people are people, but ultimately YOU make your nursing experience. Be cognizant of when you need to vent, or step back. Managing people's LIVES can be rewarding, frustrating, and sometimes traumatic as well, but all experiences that give you the ability and opportunity to be a better nurse. So take advantage on being YOUR best nurse-yes, we need you out there!!!
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    I agree with GrnTea.

    I LOOOVEE being a nurse!!!! For what it's worth, your experiences in nursing school are a great base...you get to observe the unit culture, you will see a multitude of nurses practicing. Yes, nursing school can be difficult for many people...heck life itself is difficulty for MANY people-your pts, drs, nurses, etc...people are people, but ultimately YOU make your nursing experience. Be cognizant of when you need to vent, or step back. Managing people's LIVES can be rewarding, frustrating, and sometimes traumatic as well, but all experiences that give you the ability and opportunity to be a better nurse. So take advantage on being YOUR best nurse-yes, we need you out there!!!
    Thank you!! Your coworkers, patients, and students like me are blessed to have positive, enthusiastic, encouraging nurses like you around!
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    While I'm not in the field yet (I take my nclex in a couple weeks), my school did get me a health care companion/sitter type job for a family whose father was in a nursing home. It was an amazing experience, and I got to meet a lot of people in the profession. If I wish to work at that facility as an LPN, they will hire me because I've been a familiar face for the past seven months.

    I miss nursing school, and the day after graduating from my LPN program, I was up at the local community college registering for classes. It definitely inspired me to keep going with my education!
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    I will take away every bit of what I put into it. I am actually thinking of bringing some cheese and crackers first day this semester to go with all the WHINE. he he he... Whining hasn't help the complainers one bit. I am starting my last semester in a couple weeks. I've already had one job interview and two more coming up semester. I am assertive and wait for nobody I go after what I want, if I fail it is only my fault. I will own this!! Be positive and don't be afraid to make it happen.
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    Quote from studentnurseCT
    I will take away every bit of what I put into it. I am actually thinking of bringing some cheese and crackers first day this semester to go with all the WHINE. he he he... Whining hasn't help the complainers one bit. I am starting my last semester in a couple weeks. I've already had one job interview and two more coming up semester. I am assertive and wait for nobody I go after what I want, if I fail it is only my fault. I will own this!! Be positive and don't be afraid to make it happen.
    LOL! I generally have this type of attitude as well. But ya know, sometimes even the strongest, most determined, no nonsense type still need a splash of water to the face. I was voicing my concerns to my older daughter, she looked at me like I had grown a second head and asked, "Since when do you listen to anyone? Especially, complainers?" *snort* She knows me.

    Okay, off to put on my mental combat boots. I'm feeling great about starting next week! I got this!
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    As with most things in life, it's all how you look at
    things.

    I've rarely met anyone who thought nursing school was a breeze (although they are out there), but there are those who dwell on the miseries and those who choose to thrive. Yes, CHOOSE.

    I love a challenge. I always doubt myself, so doing things I never thought I could do is amazing. There are times when I simply do not think I have it in me to dedicate one more second to nursing, and then someone pushes me a little further and the success feels amazing. Good clinical days can leave you smiling for days. The constant stress of the program creates bonds between you and your classmates that you wouldn't expect. When your family pulls together to make your hectic life work, you're all stronger.

    When you're faced with all the various personalities of your instructors, classmates, patients, and nurses, you're bound to learn a thing or two about choosing your battles, rolling with the punches, and who you are as a person.
    You'll learn new ways to cope with stress that could carry you for the rest of your life. And you'll be smarter, wiser, and hopefully find something you absolutely love.

    Nothing good comes easy, so be prepared to work hard.
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