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  1. Hi all. I am planning on starting nursing school in August. This is going to be all new to me. I have spent 17 years in factories. I thought I had my lifed planned out. Well, with a lot of factory jobs going overseas so are many jobs. I have been laid off for 2 months without an expected call back date. I need a job that can support me. I need a job I can rely on. I am scared to say the least. I worked in a nursing home for 7 years and hated it. I hope I am making the right decision.
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  3. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome to All Nurses...from what I have read, if you hated the nursing home, you may not like nursing, but it would depend on why you hated the nursing home I think. I'm a student so I don't have answers for you. I hope you succeed in whatever you decide to do...have you looked at other options for a career for you?
  4. by   suzanne4
    Only you can decide what is truly right for you to do................
    Good luck in whatever final decidion that you make......................
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I was in public affairs for 10 years before I became a nurse. I too don't care for nursing homes, but as I'm getting older and more mellow - I do like caring for geriatric patients! tee hee hee! What about trying an aide position at a hospital? Just to see if you like the pace and place? Good luck...
  6. by   nycegyrl
    Quote from CNM2B
    Welcome to All Nurses...from what I have read, if you hated the nursing home, you may not like nursing, but it would depend on why you hated the nursing home I think. I'm a student so I don't have answers for you. I hope you succeed in whatever you decide to do...have you looked at other options for a career for you?
    The reason I hated the nursing home was because it was so sad there. So many residents were incontinent, of course. You would no more then get one mess cleaned up and there would be 2 more. Puddles everywhere all the time. Bells ringing and ringing. Old people hollaring and hollaring. The smell of feces. The showers that took forever because they can't move fast. My heart raced all the time with so many things to do. 10 residents to one aide. No help from the LPNs or RNs. Get them up take them to breakfast, take them back lay them down. Get them up take them to dinner. Take them back lay them down. I remember one day a resident had me cornered in the bathroom and was kicking me and and hitting me. She was just out there somewhere taking it out on me. (sigh) I have nightmares about that place to this day. One resident picking feces out of herself and had it all over her and her bed and her breakfast tray. It was awful. Trying to keep them dressed appropriately and clean. To the bathroom on time, which seemed never to happen. Depressing. Totally depressing. And they weren't going anywhere soon. :imbar
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck in whatever you do. So working as an aide in a nursing home isn't for you. There are plenty of other things you can do with a nursing degree. Good luck. (But remember much of what you describe happens in the hospital as well.)

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