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I am 26 yrs old and I am getting ready to go to college and become a nurse. I am confident, scared, worried and excited. Reading all your posts about the underpaid, the overworked, the... Read More
Jan 5, '03I remember doing the career counsling thing in high school complete w tests. Did well in medical stuff. Wanted to go an be a Vet but hated the thought of ill animals. No way wanted to spend a million yrs for the MD thing (and sooo glad no call). Nursing is the most holistic complete profession there is but take the rose colored glasses off! As more men enter the field our salary will go up and or think outside the box. I have and it is rewarding.
Jan 5, '03I'm a new nursing student and have been afriad of what others were saying about how "bad" nursing is, but for as many people who think it sucks are people who love their jobs.
I figure Ill get my batchelors and in case i dont like nursing or it gets to hard for me I cn use my batchelors to do something else, but hopefully nursing will work out for me
The JC (Junior college) I go to now has a wait list for their RN program. To be applicable to be on the list we need to be to a certain math and enlish level. It took me 1 yr to get my math done (I suck at math). And I watied 1 1/2 years on the wait list. (we have a very popular nursing prgram, its good and since its a JC you wont be in dept the rest of your life paying you tuition off).
For your AS-RN degree at our school you need; Anatomy & physiology (8 units), Microbiology, (5), Speech (3), psychology 101 (3) plus your enlgish and math requirements.
While I was on the waitlist I finished all my classes required for the JC RN prgram and I aslo did other classes so I could transfer after I get my RN and get my BSN (or a BS). The only thing I still need to get into a Cal State University is Chemistry and a few humanies courses. To get into a UC school on the other hand, I still need quite a few classes (and Ive been full time for 2 1/2 years already!).
Jan 19, '03I have been a nurse since 1994 and I absolutely love nursing. Yes, there are rough days, but you have these in ANY job and just about the time you get REALLY sick of it all, you help a patient who REALLY appreciates you and all your hard work. I have worked in chicken plants, garment factories and grew up on a turkey farm, so I know what hard work is. This can be a challenging career, but that is what makes it stimulating from day to day. Hang in there!!!
Feb 18, '03I too am struggling with the decision of a career change. For me nursing seems logical, because I have experience in healthcare, and it just plain runs in my family. However, I also want to make sure if I make a career change into nursing, I'm doing it FOR ME! Sure there's the econmical and financial benefits, but what about the personal and emotional benefits. I know ultimately I'm the only one, (with a little help from the Man upstairs), that truely knows whats best for me. Threads like this are really making this decision become a lot easier.
Please keep them coming....
christine, milwaukee, WI
Feb 20, '03True, there are people who are disillusioned with nursing, but a LOT of people in a LOT of fields are disillusioned as well. I think you can get disillusioned with life in general, relationships, and your chosen job/career all at the same time, and it's hard to sort it out. If you try nursing and it's not a good fit, you don't have to stay there. You ALWAYS have a choice to stay or to go.
Mar 23, '03Amie,
I have worked in health care for the last 15 years, 10 as a CNA and 5 as a RN. I have been yelled at, spit on, bitten, chased down hallways, stalked, threatened, overworked, underpaid, and injured by a patient so much so that I have not worked in the last two years.
BUT, I will not give up my career for anything! All the hard work of nursing school, the 2 year wait, the financial strain on my family, the emotional strain, etc.. Is worth it! We need good nurses everywhere. It takes a certain type of person to be able to care for someone while they are yelling at you.
I encourage you to find strength to achieve your goal. Don't let anyone or anything stop you!
Good nurses are hard to find.
Mar 25, '03Hey Ams! I just graduated last May with my ADN. But I have worked in the hospital environment for15 years before realizing I needed to become a nurse. I was a phlebotomist, unit secretary, and nurses asst. for that period of time. When I started school I wasn't disillusioned about the pressures, responsibilities, stresses of being an R.N. I have been blessed to be influenced and encouraged by some of the smartest, team oriented, persevering nurses in the business. And some of the most ruthless. But nursing is one of the most honorable professions on the planet. You are the one who has to decide that you want to make a difference. But be realistic-it's not all what you learn in school. Sure they "eat their young",nurses do. But some of them will take you under their wing and nurture you and instill you with tools that will take you far and be with you always. Seek those people out in school and at work-team players. It will be fine. Press on and keep your head up-you can do it!!!!!
Apr 10, '03Amie,
I'm new to the board also and in a RN nursing program in Dayton. I have a computer science degree and even though most feel that technology is the way to go nowadays, being a recent grad in this field does not necessarily guarantee a well-paying position (I looked for work for months after graduating)! Alas, I am changing career fields again, which coincides with more student loans!
The reason for my post is I, too, believed that nurses were high in demand and this high demand builds on the economic principle of supply and demand....low supply/ high demand which, in turn, yields a higher profit for those who enter in the field. By all of the negative posts I've read, this theory seems totally inappropriate for those who have posted.
I wanted to be a pediatric nurse ever since I gave birth to my son. Nothing seems more fitting for me than to be a care-giver to those angels that do not have a say in their care and need compassionate people to watch over them. :angel2: So now knowing why I want to become a nurse, I would think that would be enough to make me happy. But one cannot pay bills with love...so what's the bottom line as far as wages???
Apr 23, '03Absolutely I would recommend it. But I am honest that it's hard work, not unlike food service where it's hot, you get dirty, & there are always some one to complain. But for the most part I can't think of anything else I'd like to do. It's awesome that if you get tired of bedside nursing their are a million other choices to do & stay a nurse. I am in private practice as a Bioenergy therapist (a nurse who works to balance the bioenergy field) & I teach the clients self care! I also teach at a university & am at the bedside in CCU at night. I can have it all. I also work a 64 hour week. It's my choice to do & no, I am not rich, just motivated to have a variety of experiences while my health is good.
Apr 23, '03
Absolutely recommend it! I have been nursing for 27 years, fulltime. Although I have spent it doing direct patient care, nursing provides opportunities for you to move in many directions. I found that by being involved in other aspects. like nursing council, chart auditing, program development, preceptoring, etc... offsets some of the more difficult times of direct patient care, yet you still feel you are making positive contributions. If you treat nursing as just a job, I don't think you get as much from it. You may have a lot of negativity, but one honest, warm, thank you from a happy patient makes up for the others. Good luck in your future and enjoy!
Apr 23, '03Most of the reasons I went into nursing 30 years ago is just as true today as they were then. Of course, the idea of having a meaningful profession that actually helped people was high on my list of priorities. I couldn't imagine having to "sell widgets" for a living for my entire life! At least with nursing, when you have a bad day, at least you know that you are helping people.
Also big for me has been the flexibility that a nursing education career can provide -- again, not available in many professions. Nurses can work part time or full time. We can work in education (teaching patients or staff) ... or administration ... or direct patient care in a hospital ... or outpatient ... or do research ... with children ... or with adults ... or with the elderly ... we can work in occupational health ... or a correctional institution ... or a school ... or a university ... or a hospital .... or a clinic .... etc. etc. etc.
I think some of the people who are burned out and bitter have simply not found their niche. They wouldn't have to leave nursing if they would give some of the other roles and some of the other nursing career possibilities a try. Bedside, inpatient nursing is not for everybody -- but when some people realize that, they then jump to the conclusion that "nursing" is not for them. Maybe it's just that they were in the wrong kind of nursing for them. One of the greatest things about getting a nursing education is that it offers so many (and so varied) opportunities.
Apr 23, '03Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
I am a 2nd career nurse and I LOVE WHAT I DO..I do it on MY terms, work when I can/want to and make fairly decent money doing so. It really does work for me and I was born to it, I believe!
Deb, I love reading posts like this. I too will be a 2nd career nurse and sometimes have my doubts about leaving my current position. I am due to begin clinicals in the fall and hopefully I will feel the same way you do.
Thanks for the encouragement!!
Apr 27, '03GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!! Nursing is great!!!!!!!! It's one of the hardest,underpaid careers that you can choose but the rewards are priceless.