Opened My Letter W/ a Pit in My Stomach - page 2

I have a dilemma. I was secretly hoping I would not get accepted into the nursing program I applied to so that I would not have to decide if I wanted to do it or not. But, I got a fat envelope... Read More

  1. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from SusanNC
    Mrs, Sorry you had such a bad "Candy Striper" experience - that would definitely scare a young kid. I was wondering if they even had "Candy Stripers" anymore - I never see them in Hospitals?? But hey, weren't those red and white striped jumper things they had us wear "groovy", lol!!! I must have a need to wear a Uniform - wore a "fabulous" plaid number for many years at Catholic School (just too sexy for words) :chuckle , the Candy Striper "thing", a Naval Uniform for another 6 and now I'm just "itching" to wear a Nursing Uniform/Scrubs.
    We have volunteers in our hospital but they don't wear the candy striper uniforms anymore. It's khakis and a polo shirt with the hospital's name on it. And, most of them are elderly instead of the young kids they used to be. It's a shame the kids aren't getting as involved anymore. You can bet MY kids will be involved when they get old enough. I thought it was great fun when I did it.
  2. by   jemommyRN
    If you don't want to REALLY do then look for another career choice.
    I know what you mean when you say that quitting college is not an option. I know that you don't want to waste time, but you will be wasting time if you're not enthusiatic to begin with and you can't handle it once you find out all of the stress that's involved. You are going to be miserable if its not really something that you think you want.
  3. by   Animaniacs
    i dont have any hospital experience, no medical experience.
    there was no angel that came through my apt. window and said "Jake, I want you to be a nurse its your destiny" there was none of that. i'm not sure if i am taking the right path or not. but i guess the main reason why i took nursing is number 1 for the money. and number 2 there are many different nursing fields and i will eventually find the one i enjoy and like.

    so working in a hospital will be a new experience that will probably take time to get used to.
    if you want to know, i'm scared and nervous as hell when i do finally get to work in a hospital, because it will be a challenge just trying to apply what i have learned to the real life setting.
    Last edit by Animaniacs on Mar 28, '04
  4. by   emmy
    I really want to be a midwife and for years I tried to talk myself out of it due to infectious diseases, working funny hours, bad treatment from Doctors - the list could go on and on. However I just couldn't stop thinking about it and so now I am studying nursing with the aim of going into midwifery when I've finished. I must admit that I wasn't looking forward to studying nursing but the more I read about it and study etc I must admit that I'm really enjoying it, although I haven't been on clinical yet so that may change. :chuckle
  5. by   iliel
    Quote from prairiegirl
    I have a dilemma. I was secretly hoping I would not get accepted into the nursing program I applied to so that I would not have to decide if I wanted to do it or not. But, I got a fat envelope yesterday with the acceptence letter and all the info. I dont know what to do. I dont know if nursing is for me, but I cannot think of anything else I want to do. I hate business type stuff and I dont want a biology degree because i dont want to do research all the time. So, i asked my husband what he honestly thought about me being a nurse. Big mistake. He said he would rather me not do it because he's worried I'll be too stressed doing it and be treated poorly by patients and doctors. I need some suggestions.......I dont have clue what to do, but I have to do something because quitting college is not an option. And I want to do something....
    I had to respond to this. I decided a few months back that I wasn't going to do nursing (after all I went through to try to get in). I turned in the app before I made my choice and I still haven't told the school I'm not going to do it. Today I got a letter about which track I want to do, full or part time. I'm going to send it in, I'm not sure why, but I want to see if I get in. Who knows, if I get in I might have a renewed intrest in it.
    My fiance also think I shouldn't go into nursing. He supports me no matter what I want to do, but he has his opinion about me and the job but he mostly keeps it to himself....I know he just wants me to be happy.

    We'll see what happens. I wish you luck, it's hard to make a choice when you work for something and then start having major doubts.
  6. by   ejm99
    I totally have issues with the idea of applying just to see if you can get in....

    at my school there are a VERY limited amount of spots...like 30 .....there were 270 applications a MONTH ago....final deadline is thursday....
    so if they give even 1 or 2 of those to people who aren't really interested and won't really ATTEND then there's 1 or 2 that miss that oppty!

    I wouldn't want that done to ME so I would NEVER do that to anyone else!
    It's very selfish !!!
  7. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from ejm99
    I totally have issues with the idea of applying just to see if you can get in....

    at my school there are a VERY limited amount of spots...like 30 .....there were 270 applications a MONTH ago....final deadline is thursday....
    so if they give even 1 or 2 of those to people who aren't really interested and won't really ATTEND then there's 1 or 2 that miss that oppty!

    I wouldn't want that done to ME so I would NEVER do that to anyone else!
    It's very selfish !!!
    I think if the people don't attend, the spot goes to someone else. They don't usually let them go unfulfilled, because then the COLLEGE loses money.

    I was accepted to two nursing programs, and when I made my decision as to which I would attend, I called the other one - long before the money was due to hold my spot - and told them of my other plans, and thank you for their consideration.

    But I agree that someone should apply that has no intention of becoming a nurse. People should be sure, since there are limited spots.
  8. by   manna
    Quote from CNM2B
    Funny, my thin one was an acceptance.
    My acceptance was "thin" too - just one sheet of paper. They don't send out the big packet of paperwork until they compile the list of who's accepting/rejecting their positions in the class.
  9. by   anonny27
    wouldn't want to offend anyone
    Last edit by anonny27 on Feb 6, '05 : Reason: hmmm
  10. by   prairiegirl
    Please understand that I do want to be a nurse, I just am not sure if I can handle it all. I did not just apply to nursing school to "see if I"d get in", in fact before I applied my advisor told that I would most likely get in. I am just trying to figure out if I want to take the risks involved with nursing or do something else. I am nervous about dealing with patients who have infectious diseases along with occupational injuries associated with nursing (and through research they are numerous). I just want to make the right decision. If I go into nursing and cant handle it and quit after 1 semester, for that year, noone will be able to fill my spot. I will notify my college well before classes start if I plan not to attend so that my slot may go to someone on the wait list.
  11. by   emmy
    If nursing is what you want to do, grit your teeth and do it. I know what you mean when you ask yourself if you can do it as I ask myself that question alot. But I desperately want to be a midwife and so I have to do this. I have thought about quitting before as I was so nervous about going on my first clinical (due in October) but I say to myself if other people can do it then so can I.

    There is another thread on this BB that addresses the question of needle stick injury and body fluids etc. basically the risk is VERY small.

    If you don't have a try then you'll never know. There is no shame in quitting if it's not for you, but you'll never know if it's for you if you don't try (you know what I mean, I know I'm repeating myself).

    Don't forget there are many areas of nursing, the choice is huge.

    Good luck with your decision, ultimately you have to do what makes you happy
  12. by   iliel
    Quote from ejm99
    I totally have issues with the idea of applying just to see if you can get in....

    at my school there are a VERY limited amount of spots...like 30 .....there were 270 applications a MONTH ago....final deadline is thursday....
    so if they give even 1 or 2 of those to people who aren't really interested and won't really ATTEND then there's 1 or 2 that miss that oppty!

    I wouldn't want that done to ME so I would NEVER do that to anyone else!
    It's very selfish !!!
    I'm sure this is directed at me so let me clear up the statement I made about "just to see if I get in"

    I wanted to be a nurse so bad for so long. But as I began to shadow and talk to nurses (not just on this board) I started having second thoughts. Will I be able to be the type of nurse I want to be in a healthcare system that we have today. My answer to that was most likely no.
    HOWEVER, I completed all my prereqs etc. and I've decided to change my major. When that paper came in the mail, I started to think about it. Did I just need a break from all the nursing talk? Maybe. Do I still want to be a nurse, YES. Do I want to stress myself out to no end and work in what seems to be a dangerous situation (here in Vegas), NO.
    When it comes down to it, and I get in, I might have a different view and it may come back to me about why I wanted and worked so hard for this in the first place.
    After we get the letters we have 2 weeks to tell the school or they give up our place. If I decide not to do it, then the next person get's my spot. If I don't turn in the track paper, and want to be a nurse, then I've lost my spot.
    I'm not hurting anyone, I'm covering my bases. I think in this situation, others would do the same.

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