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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  PurplePRN profile page
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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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  3. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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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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  4. Visit  PurplePRN profile page
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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!
  5. Visit  nekozuki profile page
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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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  6. Visit  ORnurseCT profile page
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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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  7. Visit  PurplePRN profile page
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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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  8. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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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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  9. Visit  ORnurseCT profile page
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    Kick butt next week!
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  10. Visit  jolie_tasso profile page
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    Thank you to everyone who kept this thread going. I start next week, and I was so relieved to finally see a positive thread that made me even more excited and happy to begin this new journey!! I'm going into it with a positive attitude and the knowledge that I can choose to either maintain that positivity through all the ups and downs or fall along in line with all the Negative Nancy's. It is MY choice!! Good luck to everyone!! We are going to be great
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  11. Visit  rubato profile page
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    No sunshine and rainbows here. It's hard, hard work.

    But, I wouldn't trade nursing school for anything. I have met the most amazing people in my fellow students. I have touched lives in clinicals and had my heart tugged many many times by my patients. I have cried (more times that I care to admit), but I've laughed a lot more. I have let go of my perfectionist, control freak tendencies. I am learning things that amaze me.

    Basically, it's been the most stressful yet rewarding thing I've ever done, and that's after only 1 semester, I can't wait to see what I'm in for this semester.
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  12. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    It is uphill both ways......but so worth the effort. I have been a nurse for 34 years. I LOVE my job.....I HATE the bureaucracy. I LOVE my patients ....for the most part . My favourite poem says it best.....

    Being A Nurse
    by Melodie Chenevert

    Being a nurse means. . .

    You will never be bored.
    You will always be frustrated.
    You will be surrounded by challenges.
    So much to do and so little time.
    You will carry immense responsibility
    and very little authority.
    You will step into people's lives
    and you will make a difference.
    Some will bless you.
    Some will curse you.
    You will see people at their worst--
    and at their best.
    You will never cease to be amazed at people's capacity for love, courage, and endurance.
    You will experience resounding triumphs
    and devastating failures.
    You will cry a lot.
    You will laugh a lot.
    You will know what it is to be human
    and what it is to be humane.
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  13. Visit  melizerd profile page
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    School is hard but I love it! Really. I love the work, I love the learning, the people, everything! It is stressful and I'm always glad for a break but overall I think I might miss it when I'm done
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  14. Visit  Julesmama28 profile page
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    I'm only in my second semester of the Bsn program, but every time I get overwhelmed I remember the feeling of sheer joy when I finally got my acceptance letter! I sit in class and absorb the wonder of the human body. All the biology, anatomy, math, and patho classes are all coming together and it makes sense! It's fun! It isn't easy, but if it were then it wouldn't be worth it. I can't wait to learn more!
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