ericaej, ADN 2,821 Views
Joined Jan 8, '12.
Posts: 54 (26% Liked)
It does not sound like a safe environment to begin your nursing practice. I have been a nurse for a short time: about three years. I have practiced on med surg most of that time. However, I also worked in long term care and skilled nursing for a brief period of time while I was also working med surg. Skilled nursing is difficult because the level of care may be stable but the volume is more. Also, people can develop problems, just like anyone, and require immediate assistance. This means one gets way behind in caring for the 13-14 other patients under your charge. I would recommend looking for a different job before quitting this one. But also trust your gut. If the environment is not safe, it won't be safe in the long term for your nursing practice or license. The best advice I have gotten from my late Aunt (an RN for 40 years) is always protect your license. There are jobs everywhere. Good luck!
There are federal loans available for nursing school exclusively. See if your school offers that. The Nursing Scholarship Program is open right now as well. Search and apply for scholarships! I spent 2.5 years in a liberal studies program while preparing for nursing school. If you don't have a certain amount of prereqs done, then you can't even get into the program so I'm hoping my years don't count against any pell grants. I am on part time basis now at 10 credit hours though, so I get to take out more loans. It's all good though and I really think these comments about "wah wah taxpayers" can go where the sun "don't" shine. Seriously, I'm pretty sure corporate America and political America spends a lot more in taxpayer money (with pork spending) than some person that is trying to get a second degree in nursing.
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