I'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.