malamud69 6,836 Views
Joined May 10, '12.
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Nursing was never a passion, childhood dream, or higher calling of mine. I entered the nursing profession as a practical means to an end. It has provided me with the flexibility, stable income, career mobility, and educational advancement I desire.
As an aside, I was raised by two parents who worked mind-numbing manual labor jobs for a living. Their financial situation was precarious and always on the edge. However, the door to better job opportunities and higher pay had been closed off to them because they had no education beyond a high school diploma.
Since I grew up without many middle class comforts, I wanted a career pathway that provided stability and a certain standard of living without taking up too much of my personal time. Nursing was the answer.
Job security, a lot of options for advancement, good pay.
I wouldn't call what I do a calling. However, I like my work and feel it is important, so that helps me get through the day. I chose it because nursing was a relatively quick and inexpensive program, I enjoyed the subject matter and interaction with people, and I'm able to support myself. I can't say that I'll never get out of nursing, as there are other things I'd like to try in life, but for now it works for me and I feel good about it.
When I first thought about going to nursing school I really did not know what passion was. My focus was to get a reliable, good paying job. Nursing did meet those expectations. I was not passionate about nursing when I went into it, but nursing has revealed to me what my passion is. That passion is to keep people out of the hospital as long as I can. By that, I mean keeping them well. Our system is not a health care system it is a sick care system. Currently, I am redirecting my career so I can work in primary care and get out of the hospital. Primary care is the front lines where people first start getting signs and symptoms of chronic disease and this is where I want to intervene. By the time they get to me it is usually too late to help them reverse course or it would have a minimum effect.
I refuse to clock out if I am still working. For one thing it is not legal to work off the clock and for another, if I am putting in time for the company they are absolutely going to pay me. Don't let them get away with not paying you for time worked.
All I am asking is why some male nurses think it's ok to have female nurses do their female patient caths without checking with the patient to see if they mind.
As a male, I always have a female staff member in the room with me when do hands on care or procedure on a female patient. A lot of doctors do so as well. Why? To protect myself from accusations of inappropriateness. I work in a hospital that has a significant middle eastern population for patients. If a woman is not ok with me seeing her hair, she is NOT going to be ok with me placing a foley. That's why I grab one of my female peers.
-edit Just like I get asked to help my female team members pull their morbidly obese patients from the stretcher or to lend a hand when someone is going into restraints. But we are a team on my unit and we help each other out.
being a "male" nurse helps me pick up chicks lmao
For real though, just be yourself, and if someone dislikes you for being a "male" nurse, tell them to shove it where the sun don't shine, there's only 3-4 billion other options.
I can barely make it in the door it rains bras and underwear from the other nurses just throwing themselves at me.
In school, out of 65 people in my class, there were 8-10 guys. Only 1 was gay...but we also had 2 lesbians, so not sure how that fits into your equation. Do they cancel each other out?
On my old unit, there were at least 15-18 male RNs -- and only 1 or 2 are gay. On the flip side there were a couple of lesbians there as well.
Personal experience- a lot of male nurses I've met have been gay, and it's well-known as a stereotype
Roughly ....$40,000 to $85,000 before taxes. Location matters- a lot.
Can anyone tell me how much money is normal for a new grad RN? I know it will vary by location and institution, but can someone give me a rough estimate of a salary after taxes?
You don't compare yourself to your co-workers. They might have more experience or they might be really good at hiding what they are really feeling. You just keep doing your best and reminding yourself that you are doing your best.
I worked with a traveler last night who was able to get an IV in one of my hardest sticks (Even IV team had problems). She was amazed at how well my co-workers and I were able to handle the palliative patients and their families. Like someone else said, we all have our own weaknesses and strengths. Just keep doing your best and remind yourself you are doing your best.
That's a dramatic way to look at it. I just keep mine with me when I'm using it and in my locker when I'm not. I haven't lost one, yet.
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