I'm Channa, a nursing student who has lurked for awhile and finally decided to come out of the shadows and post!!
This is an awesome forum and I love the honesty and support I see everyone giving!
A little about me: I am an Air Force wife of almost 11 years, mom to 3 and 2 semesters away from graduating nursing school. It has been a long 3 years and I am really anxious to finish the last year of college. I took 1 class this summer, it just ended this past week and I have 3 weeks of freedom before the juggle begins again.
I didnt start out wanting to be a nurse, as a military family we travel a lot and wasnt sure if I could complete a degree before the next move! I wanted a college education of some sort and also was interested in the medical field..but nursing was my last option..LOL I looked into being a PA, but was encouraged by a nurse to look into her profession. I started out by taking a NA class at the local college (we lived in Wyo at the time) Our clinical site was a nursing home, which hired me after I finished the course. I lasted there 6 months, it was the hardest job I have ever had, my heart broke while I was there, and when I brought care or lack of care issues to the DON she promptly moved me to another floor, eventually I was fired, I never was told why.
I continued on and got a job at a hospital on a great ortho/neuro floor...which I loved. I worked there a year and then also attended college. I had made my decision..nursing it was! We moved to southwestern IL thanks to Uncle Sam and I transfered my classes to a college here and have been in school ever since! I also work as a CNAII on a cardiac floor, I work PRN so I float quite often, I really enjoy floating as it gives me insite to where I might and might not want to work..LOL
So I am down to 2 semesters and then I hit the real world, I am like all of you excitied, nervous and unsure what I want to do. I have a few interests but am not set yet in a particular field. I have time to decide...but I am really leaning toward Critical Care or OR, both areas are offered in the hospitals here and they offer excellent internship programs. Any thoughts?? I am also wondering if I should do the Med/Surg thing prior to an internship with either of these.
Thanks for letting me jump in and post! I look forward to getting to know everyone! I am so glad to have found another avenue of support. I really lean on my husband and my church family and hope I can be supportive to you all also