Quote from Fiona59
OK, I've been working for over a decade and I can honestly tell you that 99% of the time I do NOT feel like a hero. Perhaps the families have finally worn me down.
The truth is you remember the family that chewed you out for the late med, or their family member not getting to see the doctor at the exact time they decided the surgeon should be there to greet them. The really sweet, great patients fade from memory but the asschewing stays with you for a long time.
OK, the waitlist thing. I was waitlisted but the College called me and asked me if I could start on short notice and hey, presto, it happened. There are always the odd seat that becomes vacant at short notice.
The sad fact today is, that today there a many really qualified students for each seat and not enough funding or instructors to provide the education. Being a mature student used to be a plus, but now it's nothing really, because nursing students are generally in their 20s. It's incredibly rare to get one fresh out of high school in either the RN or PN programmes.
I've met students who have been waitlisted at two universities and the local college for both programmes. Until you get a guaranteed acceptance letter for January next year, nothing is certain.
The only thing you can do is make sure you pick up the electives the programme requires be it English, Sociology, Pscyhology. It will reduce your work load just that little bit to give you some breathing room.
Hey Fiona59, Thank you for your feed back It is always good to get the insight from someone that's made it!
Can I ask what area of nursing you practice in? I know that i can not say the famous words "i know exactly how you feel" about the asschewing - i have yet to go through the schooling/training, let alone comprehend your experience dealing with difficult families.
Know that you've got a fan here that appreciates what you do and i am pretty sure you ended up where you are today because you are one of the very few who can handle the line of work you do. - They say many are called but few are chosen.
If anything, you can always switch to teaching the rookies right? As you mentioned there is also a shortage of instructors. We need you there too. Perhaps this can be a career option for you?
About the electives, are you suggesting to take them even if i do not get an offer for Fall 2011? Is it the Chang School that offers these electives? Please advise.
I believe i read one of your posts stating to get electives out of the way. Great strategy!
Thank you again!!!!