I found this site recently and already have found it to be very helpful! I have been a CNA for a little over 2 years. I spent the past 2 years working in a long-term care facility in the memory care unit. When I started, I had zero experience in the medical field and just needed a job, but I ended up absolutely loving working in memory care! I just started a new job as a med-surg CNA in a local hospital (very rural, small-town type hospital). I switched to this job because I wanted to get experience with a wider range of patients. It has been a great experience so far, I just am hoping to eventually feel as comfortable as I did in my old job.
I just started nursing school (the actual ADN-RN program; I was on the waiting list and finishing gen-eds for the past 2 years). I am excited to start learning to be a nurse, but pretty nervous as well! The amount of information in my textbooks is so vast; I feel overwhelmed at the thought of learning it all. Fellow nursing friends have told me not to freak out over memorizing every little detail, but instead to think about the "big picture" as critical thinking is crucial in the nursing field. However, I just don't want to forget any little detail as in two years I will (hopefully) be working as an RN making very important decisions. I welcome any advice anyone has about surviving nursing school, NCLEX prep, or anything else relating to nursing