I'm having doubts about nursing... :( - page 12
Okay everyone, I am just starting my second semester of nursing school and I just had my first day at orientation on the med-surge floor that I will be at this semester. This is my first semester... Read More
Sep 21Dear OP,
I appreciate you being so brave posting this as it was quite sincere and heartfelt. I can assure you that you are not alone in the way you feel. I don't think you feel as if cleaning poop is beneath you but you probably were just more shocked at the experience than anything else. I have been in the nursing field for 10 years now and it is truly a rewarding career. But I admit I remember having your exact same "come to Jesus moment" during my first clinical experience. Now that I am a Nurse Practitioner I realize the value of taking care of patients holistically, from there basic self care needs all the way through performing their physical exam and establishing their plan of care. I encourage you to stick with nursing because if you do I believe you will be able to find your passion within our amazing profession. I should mention that yes there are many nurses in various specialties that clean poop as part of their roles but they do so much more than that too. They truly impact their patient's lives. I encourage you to read the book "NURSING 411: The Ultimate Career Guide for Busy Adults". It goes into detail about various careers in nursing that many people never knew existed. I know I didn't for sure when I started out. More than that it is an inspirational book that talks about how you can really improve your life and find true enjoyment in the nursing profession. Good luck to you and please feel free to pm me if you need support on your journey. I truly love to mentor! Take care.
Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C
~Founder of The Nursing Guide~
Sep 21Honey, I am proud to say that you officially had your first #**** day! Some days, even as a Cardiothoracic ICU nurse, all I do is bed baths and linen changes after code brown after code brown. The key to being an amazing RN is mastering being an amazing CNA first. Learning to quickly change beds, change briefs, multi-task, prioritize non-life threatening tasks and master simple skills that you will have to be doing 4 or 5 at a time as an RN is pivotal!! It will get better, you WILL have your time with a nurse, and she will probably brush you off, treat you like crap, make you think you're stupid (you're not) and act inconvenienced by you. That is just the way of the world and the nature of the beast. Once you're out in the world, you will be a new nurse, and it starts all over. I promise you you will look back on this and be thankful for your experiences, and you will have learned so much in the process. Keep your head up, I promise it gets better, you are making a difference, and you are learning the whole job. xxoo.
Sep 22Wow. This is one of the whinest and hardest to relate to posts I've ever seen here, but we're in the wrong for reading it as it is? I think not. From putting down the CNA, being ready to quit after LITERALLY ONE DAY, and finding the work "boring," no wonder people are finding your post absurd and childish.
We have all seen whiners on the floor. The ones who complain about everything, expect help getting their work done but can't be found when anyone else needs help, the people who can pull down the most productive floor and who can completely ruin one that's less organized. We've seen your attitude before and know far too well how well it works (doesn't) at work. When people tell you to do yourself a favor and change your attitude, they're not just being ******. Nor am I when I tell you right now that if you refuse to change then nursing is not the place for you. No one needs this kind of negative black hole making a hard job harder.
Sep 26Quote from Texasstudent0You said you were so disappointed/jealous because you shadowed a PCT while your classmates shadowed a nurse. Without piling on you, as you stated, it was your FIRST clinical. If you have no medical experience, you can learn a lot from a PCT. Such as the best way to clean a patient, change the linens with the patient in the bed, etc. They know the tricks. This will come in handy when you have patients when you don't have a tech. And what nursing skills do you have at this early stage of nursing school?I'm sorry... did I say anything in that post about not liking to clean up poop? Hm... I don't think so. I think you may have missed the point of what I was trying to say...
Oct 8During school, my med surg rotations were so mind numbing and soul crushing i considered quitting. Im hired not as a floor nurse and love what i do. Find your specialty. Youll have plenty of time to figure it out