I give praises to all the nurses and future nurses, but it just wasn't for me. I started the practical nursing program in the summer and 6 months later I decided to quit. I gave it my all and just coudn't take it. I usually don't quit, but just didn't see myself doing this in the future.
I loved class time, had a high "B" average, but just hated clinicals. I love talking to my patients, getting to know them w/o feeling rushed. I feel like I can't do that as a nurse. You are constantly in and out of the rooms, giving meds, changing IV bags, on your feet 12 hours or more a day, rush rush rush. I noticed that my personality was changing. I started to ignore my patients when they wanted to chat. I just didn't have time. Between looking at charts, changing their briefs, looking up meds, writing nursing notes. If it's like this with one patient, how is it when you have 6 at a hospital or 25 at a nursing home?
I experienced the clinical side to it, but is it always like this? Does it get better?
So I decided to pursue OT. That was my original plan, but dropped it because it seems so difficult to get into. I live near FGCU and that's the only school near me that offers the OT program. I have a BA in history, my undergrad GPA is a 2.3 (very low, didn't take school seriously back then) My pre-reqs GPA so far is a 3.3. Need to take my GRE's and it seems like that will determine if they will even look at my application. O
Oh.. so much to think about. Is there anyone out there in the same boat as me? Maybe I should post this on another blog site.
Staring again, but not giving up.