My New-Found Love For Nursing

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    Five years ago, I never dreamed of becoming a nurse. I wanted nothing to do with the medical world. Partly because my dad wanted me to be a Doctor and I didn't want to. Well, I did attend LPN school somewhat grudgingly because of the job prospects. A few months working in the nursing home and I totally hated the politics, impossible expectations and just plain victimization and lack of support.

    My New-Found Love For Nursing

    Five years ago, I never dreamed of becoming a nurse. I wanted nothing to do with the medical world. Partly because my dad wanted me to be a Doctor and I didn't want to. Well, I did attend LPN school somewhat grudgingly because of the job prospects.

    A few months working in the nursing home and I totally hated the politics, impossible expectations and just plain victimization and lack of support. I thought, "this was such a huge mistake". When people asked, "when are you going back for your RN?", my answer was an emphatic "Never!".

    I did have some bright moments in LPN school though, like when we had OB rotation. I watched a baby being born and thought, "this is it for me!".

    I wanted to be a OB nurse but my excited balloon was deflated when I was told the hospital was only hiring RNs in that department. I thought, "Forget about it, I don't plan to be an RN". Then a year later, I watched my nephew being born, but I was bent on not becoming an RN.

    After the brief, bad experience working at the nursing home, I got another job working for a different company. The difference was night and day. Yes, I did take a pay cut but I get to keep my sanity and the staff are very supportive. Though some days are really tiring and take a lot out of me physically and emotionally, making a difference in someone's life hasn't been a bad choice after all.

    I still have days when I think the job is too demanding and not well compensated, but then I also have days like today when a patient's appreciation is all I need.

    Today, a patient came in because her ears had been clogged, her hearing muffled for a couple of weeks. All I did was irrigate her ears and she was the most excited patient I ever saw. You would think she was deaf from birth and all of a sudden, she could hear. She was so excited, she hugged me!

    I was surprised but I could see the appreciation in her eyes. She left the clinic humming a song. It was funny but I felt like she just deposited money in my account.

    In the last few weeks, the strangest thing happened. I started seeing a future for myself in nursing. I would sleep and wake up, dreaming about being a labor and delivery nurse. Welcoming babies into the world, standing as a pillar of support for a mom-to-be. Believe it or not but I have registered for pre-requisites and well on my way to starting a LPN to RN program!!!

    I can think of a number of reasons why having a career in Nursing is not worth it, but then I have found a few reasons why I love been a nurse and that is enough for me. So thankful that I found my place.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 9, '15
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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Thank you for sharing your story.
    MusicNurseCarrlee, tokmom, TJ'sMOM, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    It is good to hear from a young and encouraged nurse! Good luck.
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  5. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    I guess you 'saw the light' too! Good luck.
  6. Visit  Wild Irish LPN profile page
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    I love your story....I too am an LPN on my way to BSN, and I love my nursing life right now....While I was in my LPN program I would constantly be looking for avenues for my career that would allow me to practice outside of a LTC setting, and I found it....I am in Corrections Nursing and truly could not be happier....never in a million years did I think I would end up where I am, but that is exactly what I am doing....for an LPN it is a real diversion from the standard nursing enviroment we would normally see in LTC, in fact I describe it as a mini ER setting....I see everything from bug bites to stab wounds, MI's to Labor....I never know what is next when I am on the floor or in the Medical Triage....Bottom line is that we both found that as an LPN you can get a good start on a long and diverse career that has a world of possibilities....Congrats on you decision to move further with your education, and good luck to you...I hope to be a Psychiatric Nurse once I am thru with mine....life is good, enjoy!
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    Best wishes NfH. What an adventure you have ahead of you!
  8. Visit  nurse from heaven profile page
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    Thanks everyone!
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    Wild Irish LPN, your user name says it all! Corrections Nursing would make me pee in my pants . I am happy for you that you found something you love. Go get that BSN girl! You can do it!!!
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    Wild Irish LPN, your user name says it all! Corrections Nursing would make me pee in my pants . I am happy for you that you found something you love. Go get that BSN girl! You can do it!!!
    (shhhhh....I'm a boy.... )
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  11. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    All the best in your future endeavors!
  12. Visit  Mangofruit profile page
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    I am so glad you shared your story. I relate so much to this. I too never thought I would be a nurse. I did not think I was smart enough and I never thought I had an interest. When my health care related program of choice was delayed due to a backed up petition process I decided to see what nursing school was like. I completely fell in love with the profession and I haven't looked back since. I often times feel guilty when I hear other nurses speak of how they wanted to be a nurse since they were in kindergarten. I was a late bloomer I guess but I am so glad other people have had a similar experience.
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    It's so good to read an encouraging story. Thanks for sharing!
  14. Visit  eternalbride profile page
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    Thanks for that story. Despite the negatives parts that makes one leery of nursing. The positive parts such as that heartfelt thank you from patients keeps one going.


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