tigerlogic 3,722 Views
Joined Apr 13, '12.
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Get your CNA and get working with people. I'm doing nursing as a second career and have always been a very academic person--however, CNA training is really different and really useful. Doing healthcare is emotional and getting used to that, while still being able to prioritize, is something I'm glad I did as a CNA. Also, healthcare is a very imperfect system and we never have as much time/resources/physical stamina/help etc. getting used to that sooner rather than later is good. There were people in my CNA class who were plenty smart and super caring but weren't good CNAs because they couldn't say no, end conversations, or deal effectively with time constraints. Those same factors affect nurses too and are different skills than getting straight As.
As for school--go to office hours, flash cards, think big picture and all the prices will come together easier. SLEEP! And good luck!!
Arguably, most of the diseases these days are caused by "lifestyle." If you start judging people by choices, there's very few places you could work without judgement interfering with care -- Peds Ocology? Being non-judgmental is critical for this career.
I'm a float CNA at a hospital now and starting nursing school in the Fall and of course floating is totally overwhelming-- but you're there, doing it, right now. So regardless of whether its a good idea or bad idea, you are there doing it right now. It seems to be a bit of a trend in my current hospital and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes more common to have fewer specialty positions in the future. Right now, if census is low they sometimes close whole wings to try to cut the budget. That means those people either have to take their PTO or float--without float training.
It sounds like you're doing well and are aware of all the things you don't know yet. Keep asking questions and take good notes when you get report to pass that on.
Embrace it. Rock it.
And good luck!!
The creepiest was a woman whose been sitting in a bit of a daze looks up at me and says, with all the seriousness of a fortune teller "you won't be here in a week" Luckily, I survived. Also, when ever she'd get really stressed and combative the best thing to do was sing "you are my sunshine" and then she'd calm down
I wish you could preceptor me some day. What a great post!
It's sounds like a smart thing to try. Obviously frequent fliers aren't getting their needs-- addiction treatment, chronic pain, psych, social work, whatever-- met in the current system, right? And secondly they are wasteful in the system. A related experiment can be read about here: Lower Costs and Better Care for Neediest Patients : The New Yorker
I started college as pre-med and then gave up on it because I didn't have the emotional strength or wisdom to deal with people when they needed someone secure and grounded. I was too young and had too much to sort out. I majored in something else, did two different careers and have come back to school to be a nurse this time.
Now the things that I formerly didn't have the strength to deal with are what draw me to being a nurse and being with people in their hard moments.
Maybe nursing isn't right for you now. Come back to it after you get more life experience if it still calls to you.
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