HI! I am new here and need some advice. I am a 28 year old mother of two. I currently a teacher but am staying home with my little ones this year. When I entered college I didn't know if I should go into nursing or teaching and decided on teaching. After three years of teaching I am thinking of going back to school at night for an ADN. I really want to go into L&D nursing but don't know if I can handle nursing school
. I can handle gushes of fluid and everything associated with births but don't know if I can handle it in other situations. For example(sorry for being so blunt) I can handle poop during a delivery but am not sure about changing people in nursing homes. Also, my husband thinks I should just stick with teaching being I still have student loans. I really want to give nursing school a go, but am worried about the above things. Any advice from those in the trenches would be so appreciated!!
Mar 22, '02
Hi Jen! I, too, recommend that you go with your heart. If your heart is in nursing, go for it! The field needs people who truly care and really want to be there.
I think everyone has at least one thing that grosses them out - in terms of bodily functions, etc. I had a pt with bile duct cancer who vomited bile. It stunk and it made me gag - I literally could not control my gag reflex. So I got help immediately. I made sure the pt didn't see me "reacting". I wouldn't want to hurt her feelings.
I have learned that there is something that we all feel a little (or a lot) queasy about. And I have learned that it is OK to ask for help. Just be willing to help other students/staff when they need it as well.
If you have any questions or need support or whatever, feel free to PM me.
Last edit by passion on Mar 22, '02