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  • Feb 1

    Quote from ColoradoRocky

    Jenni811, you seem smart, driven and raring to take up the challenge of being the best nurse in the facility. But don't let your ego and IQ fool you into thinking that you know so much -- experience has a way of catching up to you and informing you as to just how much you do not yet know.

    Here is a handy Latin saying I learned many years ago in Catholic school, from which you may benefit: "Acta, non verba". It was a hard lesson for me when I enlisted in the Army (at your age) having already earned my first bachelor's degree (giving me the false arrogance that I was "superior" due to certifications and a high GPA). Anyone with life experience will not be overly impressed by academic achievement like GPA and paper awards. This is especially so if they are backed up by only 2 years of real experience, and very little life experience. I learned early as a non-commissioned officer that rank (or office) will be rendered its formal/legal due by others, but the person bearing that rank or filling that office still has to earn the actual respect. When I got promoted, I was told by my experienced 1SG that in the real world, where things can go wrong and people can die, my college and my brand new sergeant's stripes meant 2 things : jack and squat. It was up to me to show (not just pass exams) that I was a capable soldier and a capable leader by my actions.

    As an RN (and a student at the moment), I guarantee you this: I do not and will not demand respect from anyone when I'm on the unit. I realize that I am just a student, and even after I graduate, I will be just a newbie. But I expect to eventually have the respect of my peers and supervisors, but only after I have done things to earn it -- and not a moment sooner (and certainly not after only 2 or 3 years on the job!).

    We tend to learn best from our mistakes. But life is short, so we don't have enough time to make all the mistakes we need to make in order to learn all we need to know. So take advantage and learn from the mistakes of others. Feel free to benefit from my prior error of ego, and ask yourself "what if I am wrong?" Hubris can bring some hard lessons.

    Couldn't have said it better myself. My clinical instructor praised me at the end of our first clinical. I don't get compliments like that every day, so it meant a lot coming from an instructor I admire. That did not make me think I was destined to be the greatest nurse out of my whole cohort, though. Say what you will about CNA experience being "pointless" prior to entering nursing, but being a CNA taught me so much. The most important lesson was: It'S NOT ABOUT ME.

    So let's make nice. Age and appearance do not determine nursing ability; however, they influence how patients view us and how much trust they are willing to give us. Actual ability and patients' perception of ability go way back (think Psychology 101!) to the halo/horns effect. Your management is probably attempting to tap into the halo effect by overestimating the influence appearance and personality have on Press Ganey.

    It is experience and open-mindedness that make a great nurse. We are all taught that nursing is a science...and an art. You might be good at technical skills, but have atrocious bedside manner. You might be the sweetest nurse in the world, but can't start an IV to save your life. The caring, the knowledge, and the wisdom to make judgments are traits that every nurse needs and hopefully acquires as he/she moves through life and through their nursing career. Even when (if!) I pass my NCLEX, I recognize that I'm still not done. Just because I'll graduate with a BSN doesn't mean I know more than anyone. There is much to be learned from the LPN and the ADN who have spent decades on the floor.

  • Dec 7 '17

    Quote from jt43
    What are the pre-reqs for your program? Do you have A's in all the other pre-reqs? A 3.2 GPA is very high imo with 6 F's on your record.
    Yeah, unless they only counted the F's once for each class.

    OP: I think you should try and retake some of those classes. I don't think your nursing school will let you in the program, even if your GPA is a 3.2
    My local community college requires a GPA of at least 2.5, BUT all pre-reqs must be completed with a "C" or better.

  • Aug 20 '17

    I'm sure that you didn't mean it like that, but it sounds like you're saying a CNA's salary is crap. Maybe it is. As a CNA I make $13 an hour in a skilled nursing facility. That's more than my parents, who are immigrants, could ever hope to make. Maybe $13 isn't so much, but I'm proud that I can buy my own college textbooks and put away money for my wedding.

    It just depends on how much and how hard you're willing to work. There are many people who make a living being CNAs.