I'm having doubts about nursing... :( - page 3

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

  1. by   Texasstudent0
    The extreme lack of diplomacy?? First and foremost my university has an open door policy. We are encouraged by our professors and by the Dean of Nursing to be vocal about any problems we may or may not have within the college. They want our feedback on our clinical instructors, they actually ask that we give feedback and fill out surveys on our experience with them. There is no extreme lack of diplomacy on my part by any means. She was just sticking up for me since most of these people on the thread are crude and distasteful. Some of you act like you were never a nursing student. It was one post. The majority of comments on here are accusatory based what they interpreted from the original post. A lot of "reading in between the lines" but they completely missed the boat.
  2. by   Texasstudent0
    Yesss @dogmombyday! Thanks for your post! It's great to receive honest and raw feedback. Lol it's good to know there are nurses out there that understand what it's like to be in my shoes!!
  3. by   vanilla bean
    Quote from Texasstudent0
    I came here to vent as a frustrating student.
    Boy, you said a mouthful there, sister!

    You (of course) are absolutely welcome to come here and vent, just as others are welcome to have a reaction to your vent. When you put your vent out there publicly to a big group of strangers, you may not always get the reaction you're hoping for.
  4. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Texasstudent0
    The extreme lack of diplomacy?? First and foremost my university has an open door policy. We are encouraged by our professors and by the Dean of Nursing to be vocal about any problems we may or may not have within the college. They want our feedback on our clinical instructors, they actually ask that we give feedback and fill out surveys on our experience with them. There is no extreme lack of diplomacy on my part by any means. She was just sticking up for me since most of these people on the thread are crude and distasteful. Some of you act like you were never a nursing student. It was one post. The majority of comments on here are accusatory based what they interpreted from the original post. A lot of "reading in between the lines" but they completely missed the boat.
    Did you see the post where I mentioned that I wished you said something nice about the CNA in your first post. That's what I'm talking about. I warned you and you're getting exactly what I expected. You were extraordinarily dismissive of the work that the CNA did and I quote "all we did was change sheets and clean up poop". That is what has gotten you into trouble here. It was "crude and distasteful". There are CNAs on this forum too. I'm sure those words made them feel great. No reading between the lines it was all there in black and white. Those of us who have been around for awhile have a great deal of respect for their hard and often thankless work. You will come to understand this soon enough.

    I wouldn't use those words I quoted when you waltz through that open door policy to give your feedback to your instructors. You're likely to have that door closed in your face.
  5. by   Meeshie
    My entire first series of clinical rotations we were in a rehab. We changed beds, cleaned patients, and fed them. No exciting "nursing stuff". Just basic care and becoming comfortable in the position of caring for people in moments that sometimes lack dignity. Learning how to put people at ease while wiping some butt. It stood me well later. Every single thing you do teaches you something. Learn to embrace that or everything that comes is going to be a disappointment.
  6. by   dogmombyday
    Quote from Texasstudent0
    Yesss @dogmombyday! Thanks for your post! It's great to receive honest and raw feedback. Lol it's good to know there are nurses out there that understand what it's like to be in my shoes!!
    No problem. It gets better if you tough it out. That's the joy of nursing school--while a lot of it is nowhere near how real-world nursing is,the chaos prepares you for being on the floor. Things constantly change and you just have to roll with it...which can be hard to do if you're type A (something else I've learned) but it IS doable. Good luck!
  7. by   Texasstudent0
    Lol this is gonna be the last thing I say. NO ONE is being dismissive of the CNA. PERIOD. I have said that time and time again. So if you want to continue to beat a dead horse. Be my guest. I have explicity explained what I meant and how I meant it. You choose to take it whichever which way you want. YES I AM AWARE I WILL BE DOING BED BATHS, TURNING PATIENTS, POOP CLEANING AND ALL THE SKILLS A CNA DOES... is that the highlight of everyone's nursing career?? Absolutely not! So why would it be the highlight of my day as a first day clinical student. There are other nurses on this thread that have commented and completely and totally understand where I am coming. IM OUT!
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  8. by   vanilla bean
    Flounce Bingo anyone?
  9. by   brandy1017
    It's been common practice where I work to have the CNA shadow a nurse and vice versa for one day during orientation to gain insight into what each other does and to build teamwork. If you are working in bedside nursing you'll be doing CNA work along with the more techinical nursing skills. I recommend nursing students work either as CNA's or as interns during school to gain skills and confidence and ease the transition to floor nursing. I marvel at some of our CNA's who have a wonderful bedside manner and welcome and comfort the patients and make them feel right at home.

    Also I suggest using board review materials to supplement your nursing courses. Back in my day it was workbooks, but now I'm sure its all computerized. You can never start too early preparing for boards and it will also help you ace your nursing exams!
  10. by   elkpark
    Quote from Meeshie
    My entire first series of clinical rotations we were in a rehab. We changed beds, cleaned patients, and fed them. No exciting "nursing stuff". Just basic care and becoming comfortable in the position of caring for people in moments that sometimes lack dignity. Learning how to put people at ease while wiping some butt. It stood me well later. Every single thing you do teaches you something. Learn to embrace that or everything that comes is going to be a disappointment.
    This is standard practice in lots of nursing programs. I spent my first quarter of clinical in a SNF, doing beds, baths, feeding, and toileting (and nothing else), too. It's the foundation of all the other nursing stuff you learn as school goes on.
  11. by   MinneNurse
    Each day/clinical experience will bring something new, no two days will be the same. Some days will be amazing and you will learn and see new things and some days will be terrible and overwhelming and stressful. This doesn't change when you become a nurse. I have had shifts that made me question if I was right for nursing and I've also had shifts that have reinforced why I love nursing and made me so thankful I became a nurse. When it comes to those bad days, you just have to brush it off and keep moving forward.
    But I have to agree with other posters and say I think your expectations are in the wrong place. Your only expectations everyday should be to 1. do your best to care for your patients and 2. learn something new. Even if you spent the whole day "changing sheets and cleaning poop" you can still learn something - like how to interact with patients and prioritize cares.
    I will also say in nursing school, most of my clinical days were boring. Besides the few times I shadowed in specialty environments like the OR, ED, PACU, and ICU, I spent most of my time walking around seeing if anyone needed help since I only had my 1 patient to care for.. Clinical is a great experience to understand acute care nursing, but in many ways it does not prepare you at all for what it is actually like to work as a RN.
    I don't think anyone is trying to grill you, its just that your days in nursing probably won't be anything magical and if you're already thinking its time to throw in the towel then maybe this isn't the right career path for you. Nursing is difficult and stressful both physically and mentally - it is also very rewarding - but not everyday will bring rewards. I think it is also worth mentioning that every specialty is different and so is every hospital, you can go to 2 different med/surg floors at different hospitals and the environment may be totally different.
    I hope your next clinical experience is better and I wish you the best of luck!
  12. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    That creates quite a vivid and unpleasant picture. I hope you were able to recover, psychologically. I'm not sure I would have had the strength!
    Thanks for the laugh. If only that was the last thing that ever tested my strength. The jury's still out on my psychological recovery.
  13. by   matcha-cat
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Your post might be a better fit in the "Students" section. Maybe you'd get more of the types of responses that you're expecting there?
    To me, it just sounds like a bunch of petty, dramatic whining followed by fake "outrage" at being misunderstood.
    D*mn. People on this forum are harsh. Who cares if it's whiney? It's okay to be whiney at times. She already acknowledged that it was just her first day, and she was just venting. Because everybody always has the perfect attitude towards a frustrating event, 100% of the time. Apparently not.

    This site can be incredibly helpful and there are a lot of great people on here, but sometimes there are users who are quick to be rude or sarcastic, and then attack users when they dish the attitude back, ironically.

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