First time here!

  1. Greetings! I am new to this site and want to introduce myself. I am a 30 year old mother of two, step mom of three. My oldest son has BiPolar Disorder and I have been absorbed in his care for the last 12 years. It finally became too difficult to manage his treatment at home so he is now in a residential facility. I am an active advocate in my area for children's mental health issues. I have also been a respite worker and a parent liason. I have basically been caring for others my whole life. I cared for my ailing father during his last years, my uncle, my mother. Nursing seemed like the most natural next step for me. With my son now in full time care, it has allowed me the time and concentration I need to finally return to school to become a nurse. My own step mother is a professor of nursing at a local college and I have been surrounded by it my entire youth. I have the utmost respect for the profession and cannot wait to get into it myself. I'm doing this in baby steps and was wondering what to expect. I'm currently enrolled in our CNA program and will have my certification by the end of summer. From there, I hope to obtain work with this certification and begin to knock out pre-req's for the nursing program (after I complete Phlebotomy and EKG for CNA). If all stays on track, I should be eligible by fall of 2005. I have read some of the posts regarding CNA's and their "proper place". Again, I do understand the pecking order but wonder if my enthusiasm will be misconstrued. Any tips out there? Thanks all!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   webbiedebbie
    Guess I am the first to welcome you! You certainly seem well rounded in your personal experiences and I think you will be an excellent nurse. The only tip I can give you is to say to remember why you are wanting to get into nursing. A good step is to become involved in patient care while working as a CNA. You will pick up very good experiences and it is great learning! I love working with CNA's who have the enthusiasm to learn more about the patients that they are taking care of than just working at it as a "job".

    I wish you the best and hope to see your posts frequently about how you are doing!
  4. by   nurseunderwater
    welcome

    I think most of the time the issue of "place" only comes into play when there are other issues as well. Ego and enthusiasm are very different in my book. You are a mature, well rounded mama. I wish you the best of luck!

    Kate
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck. I'm sure nursing school will a breeze compared to what you've been through.
  6. by   chrisrob
    hello from over the sea
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Hello and welcome. You'll do fine in nursing school - it sounds like you handle stress very well. Take care.
  8. by   suzanne4
    I just wanted to add my big Welcome!
  9. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome and I second what Tweety said! You should do great!

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