How about some positive nursing school/job stories for us newbies? - page 3
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
- 1Jan 8, '13 by jolie_tassoThank 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
- 2Jan 8, '13 by rubatoNo 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.
- 2Jan 8, '13 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorIt 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.
- 2Jan 9, '13 by Julesmama28I'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!
- 0Jan 11, '13 by MedChicaI'm an LVN
Nursing school was annoying. LOL It went by quickly but it was rigorous and I worked 32-40 hours a week. It was sometimes fun, mostly tedious. In the end, it was a headache because all of us were just trying to get the hell out of there. Glad it's over. You can maintain your diet and have a social life. It's just that most people don't. Most worked and just pigged out.
NCLEX wasn't that serious. I was nervous because I'd never seen it before. When I took the test? It's mostly hype, if you ask me. I mean, 80+% pass the RN and PN boards. For a standardized test? That's very good. Any test prep is probably adequate, I'd say. If you do ATI as recommended, however, there's no reason why you shouldn't pass.
I like my job. I work psych-ltc. I had a job upon graduating. Worked there as a CNA prior to.
in S. Texas. Things I don't like: Corporate and politics and crazed family members...but that's everywhere.
Thing that I like: My coworkers. They're great and I anticipated different because they're b--chy to everyone else. LOL Somehow, I'm 'in the group', though. Even if I weren't, everyone puts their interpersonal difficulties aside and works together for the residents.
I love my residents. You really get attached to those guys. They're all feisty. LOL
I like my income potential and my flexible hours.
When I passed boards, 2 mths later, I applied with a staffing company. Didn't have much exp but, for some reason, they hired me. LOL I did a few cases but resigned because I can't handle hospice. Depending on facility. I took the easier cases so I earned near the lower end.
So, I'm at the 6th mth mark and the most troublesome part of my life is spent trying to figure out how I'm going to do this RN-BSN thing.
Too many options. I'm confused. I think I'm going to finish what's left of my pre-reqs...and go LVN-BSN or RN traditional. It's the most cost effective route.
It's a respectable profession. I've always thought so.
This isn't newbie-ism. I used to watch the nurses (ER and wards) when I worked in xray/ct and think, "Wow...but I could never do that."
Well - here I am. LOL I've been in hlthcare for about 11 years. It's all that I know how to do and, I've realized, all that I want to do. I think...no matter where you are in healthcare (nurse, doc, dietary, housekeeping, volunteer, etc...), you're contributing to something worthwhile.
Our work has meaning. I get a weird high from doing this job, I don't know. When I go to work and especially when I work days, I literally run all shift long.
I suppose if I didn't, the stress wouldn't be worth it.
Nursing is kind of...hard. LOL
...and I'm still proud and happy to be one.
No matter how bad my day is going, I just think of how little I could be earning doing something less important.
Also, most of my classmates had jobs after passing NCLEX. It's just that none would touch them BEFORE that time...unless they were in a GVN position.
There are jobs for new RNs. They just won't aren't guaranteed to be found in the hospitals.