New Member but OLD Nurse

  1. Hi,
    I am 45 year old RN who has been a nurse for 25 years. I say that but really I went to ADN school for 3 years, so I feel like it has been longer than 25. I just completed my RN-BSN degree this year. I am married and have 2 sons that ar both in college. One is a senior and fixing to graduate as an RN himself. He plans on going to be a CRNA. My other son is undecided what he wants to do. I have been a critical care nurse all my life and now I am practicing as a nurse manager. I am the typical expert nurse going to novice manager. I have loved my career as a nurse. I cannot see myself as having done anything else. Yes, the road has not been easy, with patient loads, spending holidays with your friends at work, being screamed at by patients, families, and physicians, spat on, hit, kicked, eliminiated on, and the list could go on and on. Did you realize that nursing is one of the most violent professions? Even rating higher than policemen? Then you have that one patient or family that tell you, you saved their life or that you are an angel and it makes it all worth while. And you are previe to the medical jargon that lay people do not understand. I went into management because I have been a nurse for so long and I have seen what nurses need in encouragment, stress reduction, feeling appreciated, etc. And I hope to make a difference. I am currently seeking ways to build team moral and spirit, if any of you can give me some advice. I always have learned from new grads, students and experienced nurses because they have such a vast variety of knowledge. I like to learn what is still out there that is being taught. This is a very challenging profession but one you can be proud of. In my off time, I spend at my beach house and I try to go every chance I get. Look forward to hearing from you and hang in there!
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from nursbb
    Hi,
    I am 45 year old RN who has been a nurse for 25 years. I say that but really I went to ADN school for 3 years, so I feel like it has been longer than 25. I just completed my RN-BSN degree this year. I am married and have 2 sons that ar both in college. One is a senior and fixing to graduate as an RN himself. He plans on going to be a CRNA. My other son is undecided what he wants to do. I have been a critical care nurse all my life and now I am practicing as a nurse manager. I am the typical expert nurse going to novice manager. I have loved my career as a nurse. I cannot see myself as having done anything else. Yes, the road has not been easy, with patient loads, spending holidays with your friends at work, being screamed at by patients, families, and physicians, spat on, hit, kicked, eliminiated on, and the list could go on and on. Did you realize that nursing is one of the most violent professions? Even rating higher than policemen? Then you have that one patient or family that tell you, you saved their life or that you are an angel and it makes it all worth while. And you are previe to the medical jargon that lay people do not understand. I went into management because I have been a nurse for so long and I have seen what nurses need in encouragment, stress reduction, feeling appreciated, etc. And I hope to make a difference. I am currently seeking ways to build team moral and spirit, if any of you can give me some advice. I always have learned from new grads, students and experienced nurses because they have such a vast variety of knowledge. I like to learn what is still out there that is being taught. This is a very challenging profession but one you can be proud of. In my off time, I spend at my beach house and I try to go every chance I get. Look forward to hearing from you and hang in there!
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  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from nursbb
    Hi,
    I am 45 year old RN who has been a nurse for 25 years. I say that but really I went to ADN school for 3 years, so I feel like it has been longer than 25. I just completed my RN-BSN degree this year. I am married and have 2 sons that ar both in college. One is a senior and fixing to graduate as an RN himself. He plans on going to be a CRNA. My other son is undecided what he wants to do. I have been a critical care nurse all my life and now I am practicing as a nurse manager. I am the typical expert nurse going to novice manager. I have loved my career as a nurse. I cannot see myself as having done anything else. Yes, the road has not been easy, with patient loads, spending holidays with your friends at work, being screamed at by patients, families, and physicians, spat on, hit, kicked, eliminiated on, and the list could go on and on. Did you realize that nursing is one of the most violent professions? Even rating higher than policemen? Then you have that one patient or family that tell you, you saved their life or that you are an angel and it makes it all worth while. And you are previe to the medical jargon that lay people do not understand. I went into management because I have been a nurse for so long and I have seen what nurses need in encouragment, stress reduction, feeling appreciated, etc. And I hope to make a difference. I am currently seeking ways to build team moral and spirit, if any of you can give me some advice. I always have learned from new grads, students and experienced nurses because they have such a vast variety of knowledge. I like to learn what is still out there that is being taught. This is a very challenging profession but one you can be proud of. In my off time, I spend at my beach house and I try to go every chance I get. Look forward to hearing from you and hang in there!
    If you are old, what does that make me? I am 45 and take classes towards nusing....I am ready for some adventure :angryfire , I need some excitement in my life. The jobs I had in the past, marriage and children is not enough for me. I feel as if my life is just beginning.....
  5. by   USA987
    Welcome to Allnurses. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I look forward to learning a bit from your expertise!

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