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- May 12, '10 by all_over_againA pipe dream? Hardly. I never found the coursework very difficult. But... And its a big one... Nursing was the most emotionally draining experience of my life. I have four children and have been widowed and it was being a nurse that just about killed me. And you solved all your issues after one semester of general psychology? Are you sure? I only ask because you shouldn't be so concerned about other peoples' assessments of your abilities if you had really worked things out.
Playing Devil's Advocate, obviously.
- May 12, '10 by heartbeepI appreciate that, AllOverAgain...It's important to have someone play the devil's advocate, it brings out the raw truth.
First of all, I am so very sorry about your heart-breaking loss. I am also sorry that your nursing experience was not a good one, and I admire you for raising your four children essentially alone; my little sister is also raising for children alone after their father died. Those three things must have really taken their toll, bless your heart, and I wish you healing and peace.
Good question, and the answer is no; not in one semester; my process actually took ten years total. I am still working at some of it, including feelings of inadequacy, which you have astutely picked up on! That's my one remaining struggle, and yes, I am hoping that achieving skills through nursing will give me some of that confidence back. Thank you again and I wish you all the best.
- May 12, '10 by rn-janeIf you have the desire the "@$%% with everyone and just "do it"! Look 14 years ago when I told my family I wanted to be a nurse I was laughed at by my family, dh's family but I had the desire and a supportive husband that said "Go for it" I was a bit younger 34 but lived as a sahm and lived moderatley in ease. I now am working on my masters, we would not be able to afford the lifestyle we have now, we own a horsebreeding farm. Dh has been laid off a few times and you know I really don't know how we would have survived without my nursing job. Dh's family always complained of me not working and raising the kids and thought i should get a waitress job. Last year I cleared 0ver $70,000 with overtime(we get paid double time) I certainly could not have done that with a job at dennnys. Don't let anyone tell you it's a pipe dream, they are envious or maybe scared you will leave your sedentary job. Just do it! It won't be easy but it can be done!
- May 12, '10 by heartbeepThank you RN_Jane!
I have to say though, outside of my family I always get the same reaction; "oh...you'd make a great nurse" from nurses and non-nurses alike. Regardless though, and my husband and I were just discussing this; what really matters is what I believe. I've learned a lot from you guys, thank you. I may have been making a mountain out of a mole hill, I don't know; I'm only at square one.
When you're on the sidelines and you hear nursing students and nurses talk about how college and the career are so very difficult and gut-wrenching, and hear about what a stressful and major burnout career it can be, it does give one pause before they commit. -But then I also hear so many nurses talk about how rewarding and satisfying it is as they fervently cheer the profession on. I will find out which one applies to me in my situation and when it's all over I might find myself in a quiet little office...but I'll never know until I do it. Oh hey...I didn't even think about my age for once!
Through this week-long discussion here and talking with my husband, I am not concerned about naysayers anymore. I hereby declare that I CAN.