tigerlogic 4,454 Views
Joined Apr 13, '12.
Posts: 227 (41% Liked)
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.
One of my profs said they used to do surgery on premie babies without anesthesia because science thought they couldn't feel pain! She used this as an example of that they'll teach us lots of stuff in school but we must keep re-examining ideas and learning.
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!!
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