Quote from Bob_N_VA
A couple of wow's. This is an old thread for sure, but still very relevant. The other has to do with this posters peceptions of nursing school at I guess is the community college level. I'm still hanging in, just passed the halfway point but still very engaged and enjoying the journey. The more time I spend with patients, the more I become convinced that having some years under my belt isn't a disadvantage, but much more an advantage. I relate much better to the older patients because in many ways I feel their pain (literally) as well as empathizing with their situations in a place that most folks would rather not be in. I think I do pretty well with the younger folks as well, maybe I'm just more laid back or easier to talk to. Either way, when I am in the hospital, I am a happy camper, enjoying the interactions and learning as much as I can.
And maybe that brings me to the second part, a response to the poster here. Honestly, I cant say whether its either the instructors or the student here that has the issue. But I will key in on one point. Wanting to become an RN to gain knowledge of pathophys so you can move on to bioengineering misses one big point. Please correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds like you are there for your own purposes and not for the patients. Lots of folks try nursing out because it is "a solid career" and it can be. But without the conscious decision that you are in it to help other people misses the point entirely. Maybe your instructors already know or sense that. Except for caring for other people, why would you want to put yourself in this type of environment ? If I'm wrong, then please respond. I'll gladly eat my own words.
I should honestly mention that I have been a part time CNA in a nursing home for 4 years, nursing assistant's work in nursing home is sweaty and smelly and is quite different from the work in engineering and combat zones, to me, CNAs are part of nursing team, out of 50 CNAs in this facility, only less than 10 really put their hearts into patient care, also most of my nursing classmates in RN class are there just for a better chances of future employment, majority of them never had any patient care experience. They all say they love to help people, but never even trying to volunteer ro work in any nursing facility. 4 years ago, I was a fatique soldier, returning from Iraq combat zone with severe sense of guilt ( a sign of PTSD ), my RN friend brought me into nursing home to work as a volunteer, that time while lossing my faith in everything of my life, I still remain believing that nurses are the center of upmost humanity and earn my absolute trust, however today those nursing instructors showing me the nurses are ordinary human beings who can pretend nice as angels and sustain a career just like politicians. I am disappointed with this discovery but not quitting my CNA work, my elderly friends ( my residents ) trust me with the care I provide to them, and at the same time, I realy gratify that my PTSD is gone, and the credits all go to my elderly patients, I owe my friends, and I am designing and making madical devices to help their physical therapy and recovery, with good background in medical science, I am very capable to learn the pathophysioloty I have been learning, yes I am a CNA, however can help much more than those selective RN, I do not plan to go back to that school to learn discriminating. Thank you my friend for helping my thought process.