My Personal Experiences Prior To Attending The LVN Program - page 2
by TheCommuter Asst. Admin
First of all, I will provide a little background information to enable readers to paint a mental picture. I had been accepted to three regional state universities during my senior year of high school, but was unable to attend due... Read More
- 4Aug 10, '12 by MedChicaYou sound like some of the folks in my nursing class. One girl used to commute from the Laredo area to San Antonio...every single day.
Now that is some dedication!
I could not imagine having to do that.
I like to hear stories like this. Plenty of people have to put up with serious adversity to make something out of themselves. It's inspirational.
But you know...few people who are successful had it handed to them.
You have to work for it. That separates the winners from the losers of life...because many (MANY) people are willing to just 'accept' the card that life gave them.
You want to live up to your highest potential. So...I try. I've always told myself that I never wanted to look back as an old woman and regret.
My path into nursing school wasn't difficult. I decided to switch majors and Go Nursing...becuase I miss the hospital. I miss the environement. It's all that I know and all that I want to do...honestly.
I feel, like, the medical field is the one place where everyone's job counts. From the cooks in the cafeteria to the custodians who keep the area clean and smeling nice.
It counts because you're all contributing to something great. Worthwhile. It's a higher purpose.
Money? Yeah - I like it. But I would've made money regardless of what I choose. It just feels good to contribute to something greater than your SELF.
So, I switched. It's more important to me to get my credentials to get on the floor ASAP...because it is experience that makes the healthcare professional. Not a bunch of degrees...and I say this as a GVN who will be pursing a BSN and higher. I respect those with degrees.
However, those who know best? Know what I mean...and they know that I'm not lying.
So, I was slapped on a waiting list and I went to a vocational school FT.
I worked FT. Sometimes over 40. I'd get these crazy ideas that I'd never make it out of school, but here I am. My instructor pulled me to the side one day, "I know that it's been rough for you...but you'll do well. I can spot talent. You're going to make a great nurse!"
This was a very experienced ER nurse (which is where I eventually want to work). So, any kind of praise coming from her? Meant a lot. So, my mood instantly disappeared and I was floating on air the rest of the week.
Now, I'm out of school and looking to take NCLEX.
I don't know. When you accomplish a life goal? It just feels good.
Some of my classmates had a way tougher road. Losing jobs...losing cars...working FT and having babies to feed...trying to get through school while pregnant....no food to eat...a loved one with cancer
I've said this before on here, but 1 of classmates was homeless.
We didn't even know until the last semester. My heart was so full.
No way in heck would I have let that girl sleep in her car had I known. I'm not the only one in my former class who would've extended a room in my home, either.
But I understand why she said nothing. I wouldn't have said anything, either. Stubbornly, I still wish that she had. She didn't have to live like that.
Another girl, we would buy her food because she had nothing to eat and no money to buy anything. How'd we find out? She 'fell out' at clinicals.
...but they all MADE IT!
I'm so happy for them.
When there is a will...there is a way. I've found that when people get good and determined? They'll
make a way out of 'no way'.
- 1Aug 11, '12 by cll_rn20Thanks for sharing. Through my entire first year of my RN program, I traveled about 45 miles one way to get to the campus. Granted, that's only half of your journey but I completely understand how 'tiring' just the driving part can make you! I've decided to live in the on-campus dorms for my final year, but that drive always felt worth it, no matter how irritating it was at 5am :-)
- 1Aug 11, '12 by Twinkle007Thx a lot for this story , it's especially uplifting for me because I'm an immigrant and trying to get my education in medical field which is not an easy thing to do for me (language barrier ,distance from my family and friends , finances etc) Anyways when I read stories like yours I always think if she/he could do it than I can do it too !
I am very happy for you that you have managed to pass all "life obstacles" , and got your life on the right track.
All the best
- 2Aug 11, '12 by DogWmnAnother great article - Thanks. While I'm still an LPN will remain so, when I went to school it was in a very very rural central Oregon area and we had to go to the main campus for the theory classes and the clinicals were at 3 different hospitals located miles and miles away 80 mile round trips were the norm for most of us and it was not freeway driving it was 2 lane back country roads and during the winter on snow and ice. Funny I didn't think much about that aspect of my schooling until your article.
Again, thanks for a wonderful article as usual.