I'm having doubts about nursing... :( - page 6

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   aflahe00
    nursing isn't a glamorous job most of the time, you'll learn that. And it was just one day just wait.
  2. by   missnursingstudent19
    I just don't think you should base your opinion of nursing on just one day at clinicals. Once you learn more skills and get checked off on them, there will be more stuff that you'll be able to do. Then you might enjoy it more. Plus, when you graduate, you don't have to work med/surg. Nurses work in schools, hospice care, home health, doctor's offices, long term care facilities...the list goes on and on. The odds that you'll find an area of nursing that you really love are pretty high considering all the environments you could work in. Definitely give it another chance.
  3. by   nursel56
    Quote from matcha-cat
    There were people on here who were rude before she began throwing attacks back. I know nursing isn't sheltered, but I do feel like sometimes people's remarks or tones can be unnecessary. And I'm not just talking about this particular thread. I've seen this happen many times in the 4 or so months I've been a member. I'm not saying to not criticize her attitude about the ordeal, but there's a difference between criticizing and insulting.

    Your last paragraph- I don't think there's anything wrong with her complaining about her first day. Saying that if she complains about her first clinical day she'll torpedo herself is a bit over-dramatic, isn't it? I don't think it's any indication of what she'll be like as a nurse. I don't know how old OP is, but people develop maturity and wisdom as they get older. My mom will be quick to laugh and tell me about how much maturing she did between 20 and 30. If her attitude is problematic or unjust, we can talk about it without being nasty, is all I'm saying.

    I guess I can just imagine myself coming home to complain to my husband about my job, as I did when I worked in retail. I'd vent a bit, and he'd talk to me and give me advice. It wasn't a big deal, I thought, and I'd change my attitude the next day because I knew I was being a baby, but it just felt good to vent because I'm human.
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  4. by   Chloe Price
    Before you can lead, you have to follow. You can't delegate appropriately as a nurse without first experiencing every single aspect of patient care. Your patient will have illnesses, they will have incontinence. You are not experienced, I understand, but take the experience you did receive and understand that /that/ is basic human care and needs. To be a nurse, you can't let things like that get to you. But if you can't deal with these sort of things that will pop up in nursing, then it is not the career you thought it was, and there is no shame in going elsewhere.
  5. by   blue85
    I think your crazy. You had the best day ever!!!

    We are opposites in this as I would LOVED to have traded you for that kind of a day. My first semester at the hospital, we were forbidden to use the computers due to hospital policy. All of our charting was done by old school paper formatting, which was time consuming, but really helped hone in on charting as a skill. Our documentation was shredded at the end of our shift anyway, because we were in frequent verbal contact with our assigned nurse who did the charting on the computer. I BEGGED to have a day with a CNA because they were short staffed. I wanted to perfect my skills, because I may have to delegate, or in the future, I may be assigned as a CNA, even though I'll be a licenced nurse, to do nothing but take vitals because there is a CNA shortage (or if someone is sick). Eventually I got to shadow a CNA. It gave me a great appreciation of what they do in such a short amount of time. And let me be clear, there IS NO SUCH THING AS CNA WORK. CNA WORK IS WITHIN THE NURSING SCOPE. You should be happy that you got that experience as a student, and take advantage of every opportunity, because this is your time to make mistakes and learn from it and get better at basic skills. You may not get that opportunity again after nursing school.
  6. by   Union-Jack
    A little kindness wouldn't go amiss here, folks.

    I suspect (although I could be wrong, of course) the OP is a younger, starry-eyed student. When I say she lacks maturity, I don't mean she's immature or childish, I simply mean she is younger and hasn't experienced the "real" nursing world as many of you have. I get the impression she was simply feeling a bit despondent and disappointed after having higher hopes for her first day.

    To a seasoned nurse who has experienced many aspects of nursing, including boring days, the OP might have come off as myopic in her outlook....I get that. It would be much like a new army recruit venting about first day of field-work being made to clean guns and not getting to fire them .... and venting to someone who's done 3 deployments to a warzone.

    My daughter left for university recently and this morning she was complaining that, "I can't believe I have to pay for EVERYTHING!" (thank goodness we were on the phone so she didn't see how high my eye roll was!!!!!) but anyway ..... should I tell her, "do society and yourself a favor and forget being a adult!!!!" ...... of course not, it's just part of the maturity learning curve....much as the OP is on. And that is not a dig at OP, it is just a statement of fact - how can she possibly know how it feels to be a nurse of 20 years when she's only a student?

    I just feel the responses could be handled with a little more kindness and compassion when considering who made the post.....

    Peace -
  7. by   EddyRob
    No big issue! why do people say you're not empathetic or compassionate? haha, so what? nurses now have to say they love cleaning poop to then be called "empathetic" and compasionate? haha I've been an RN for the past 4 years and haven't met anyone who "enjoys" that part of our job. Yes you definitely need the skills of a CNA or AIN, as we call them in Australia, but that you can learn too when ur paired with an RN, there is no way in Australia a nursing student would be paired with an assistant in nursing, those are basic skills that you can learn as you go during your pracs, we go to uni so we can dedicate more time to those things we do the most once we become nurses, medication administration, patient safety, etc.
    I don't know how it works in America but I would definitely complain if i was paired more than one shift with a CNA.
    Regarding you're dislike for the profession now, well don't worry, there are so many areas in nursing it's just a matter of finding the one where you feel more comfortable in. There are wards in which you don't have to clean faeces at all, simply because of the condition of the patients or there are enough CNAs, etc. Anyhow, all the best.
  8. by   hopefulRN'17
    Quote from Texasstudent0
    I understand it was one day, but as a nursing student it is a day you dream of... I think many other nursing students can relate. They look forward to their first day of clinical. So when it doesn't live up to the "hype" its kind of a bummer. I am allowed to vent.
    "So when it doesn't live up to the hype its kind of a bummer".....

    Ok, want to hear about my first clinical experience during my first semester of school? I didn't get to shadow anyone, didn't have access to the computer, nor did I get to do ANY CNA skills. We literally walked around and got the feel of the floor and what it was all about.

    You do realize that when you become an RN, those initials do not excuse you from doing some of the tasks that a CNA does? I wish I got to change sheets and clean poop my first day!!

    I wish you luck, you may not want expect too much during your first semester of clinicals.... all in due time.
  9. by   chris21sn
    Jeez, a lot of the nurses on this forum has their undies a little too high up. Lay off her a little guys, jeez. She didn't kill someone here lol. I hope I can offer some advice from a different angle.

    I get it, I totally understand where you're coming from. We see nursing as this career where we are doing more of critical thinking and helping save lives. And we do that. But nursing encompasses a lot of poop. I understand that you were probably expecting something different on your first day - I totally get it. I didn't like med surg clinical myself when I was younger. You were probably hoping to see some medication draws, some nursing skills (foleys and colostomies!). You'll see it eventually! Don't worry about that. But you did mention that you found the nursing skills somewhat boring as well? Try to look into nursing. There are many avenues to follow. What is it you want? What are you looking for in nursing? Critical care? Outpatient? Babies? Community nursing? Elderly?

    And Usually it depends on your team whether you'll be dealing with lots of poop later on. So I wouldn't worry too much on that. As for me, I worked in the MICU/SICU and telemetry. In the ICU, I had two aides - one was very lazy and the other one was super helpful but always busy. More times often then not I had to do the cleaning (imagine cleaning vent patients by yourself and in your first year no less). My telemetry floor had one aide -- for 24 patients. There was this one aide who would always yell at me when I asked for help. There was another one who told me she thought of me as a daughter and always asked me every hour if there was something she could do for me.

    Let me also mention, I also have a rehab outpatient per diem job where I have yet to touch a single butt because almost every patient has their own personal aide and the other aides have only 4 patients each.

    It really depends on your environment. It's not too bad and it does get easier.

    Our job is hard, but this is when we have to learn to grow some b@lls, push up our sleeves and do what we can do.

    As someone mentioned above, and I totally agree - you don't have to love cleaning poop. You have to be "compassionate" or "empathetic" to love poop? What kind of (bleep bleep) is that? I have yet to find someone that purely enjoys this aspect of the job. Like the commentor also mentioned from above, That's totally fine and there are lots of avenues out there. You can probably find outpatients, psych floors, dialysis, same day surgerys etc. you can go into management, informatics. Also remember there will obviously be less fluids and cleaning in a healthy mother who gave birth the day before versus a cormobidity patient brain dead on a ventilator. Just look around! And sort of think of what you want to tolerate and how much this aspect really bothers you.

    Also there will be lots of negative people out there, yelling at you. I have experienced some nice nurses and experienced some straight up rude ones (as you probably have already experienced up there in the comments). It's up to you to on how you listen.

    Keep pushing towards your goals and nothing will stop you.



    Hope I can help
    Last edit by chris21sn on Sep 13
  10. by   Steffy44
    It's one dang day and you're already ready to throw in the towel. You don't really learn that much on day one anyway. It's a learning experience. Why did you not speak up and say you work as a CNA...your assignment may have been switched. I can understand how it may have been disappointing because you know the CNA role but again...it's one day.
  11. by   MandMzmama
    Hi TexasStudent,
    Let me first say that I completely understand your concerns or perhaps disappointment on the first day of med-surg. I would have been disappointed, too, not being able to shadow an RN since I was in school for that. I do, however, agree with some of the others to hang in. Also, if you were paired with a good CNA, I believe that he/she could have shown you secrets of their trade on how to do things more efficiently in the area of bathing pts, bed changes, assistance to the bathroom, and all the other tasks they are involved in. Try not to judge your entire experience on this day, I'm sure things will pick up. I also must say that as the nurses who are ultimately responsible for our pts, if their bed needs to be changed, poop cleaned up and bed pans emptied, and often times depending on the facility, unit and staffing, we do have to do these things, we just do them. Hang in there. There are a ton of great skills to be learned in med-surg even if it's not your ideal setting. That's one of the beauties of nursing, so many settings to choose from. Good luck to you!
  12. by   ROOKIELZ
    The first bit is not always what you may expect. Hang in there. Nursing IS changing sheets and cleaning up bm amongst other skills. Use this time to show willingness and competance, also to show how well you can interface with all staff.
    As a cna you can be the eyes and ears for nurses which shows assessment and communication. CNA isnt what you are in school for but these are facets of being an RN. Once you move on to other skills it may make more sense to you.
    Last edit by ROOKIELZ on Sep 13 : Reason: Added more
  13. by   lunanarya
    I'm a second year nursing student. During my first year, our few months of clinical were all in long-term care with a handful of med-surg towards the end. During the long-term care stint, our two tasks were to shadow the CNAs and complete our assessments for our school paperwork. There was very little charting, almost no time with the nurses, and I was one of the very few students in my class that hadn't previously been a CNA prior to starting nursing school.
    At first, I absolutely hated it. I had a hard time with transferring, toileting, and movement with patients because it was totally different than how I'd imagined it and different from how I'd learned it in the lab. So, I can relate to the disappointment after the first day (and even the first month!) I went through a lot of the same disappointment, a lot of tears, and threw a lot of books. I told my instructors about my woes...and they put me to work every shift with multiple CNAs. Some days were great, and others really sucked, but I got through it!

    Looking back on it now, I wouldn't trade those first few months of awfulness and let-down for anything (except maybe the wrist sprains from throwing books - nursing books are heavy) I learned so much from the CNAs I shadowed, and I can't speak to how much that experience has helped me in clinical and work since then.

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