For Those Considering A Career In Nursing - page 2

I've been a nurse for a lONG time -- probably longer than most of you reading this have been alive. Had I known what I was getting into, I probably would not have gotten into it. Fortunately, I had... Read More

  1. by   TLthemaybefutureRN
    I really enjoyed reading this article. It's a great "self test" for someone like me who is just starting my nursing education. I'm going to print it out and keep it on my desk, so that I dont fool myself into a romantic idea of the future

    I still want to go for it!
  2. by   Chiggysmom
    [quote=plasmatix;5996493]Fabulous post! I very much appreciate the considerable amount of thought and time that I know you put into it. Unfortunately, the people we need to heed this are the very ones whose heads it will fly over. They may read it, but they're so into their perception of what a nurse is that they'll unconsciously reject anything that doesn't align with the image.

    The sentiments in this post need to be crafted into a checklist form that all aspiring nursing students have to read and sign off on. Nursing programs used to conduct interviews of applicants, or at the least, require essays from them about the reasons they wanted to go to nursing school. Admissions committees could get an idea of whether a hopeful student's expectations were within shouting distance of reality. But even essays are a thing of the past, with more and more programs moving to rolling admissions, in which academic qualifications, emotional maturity, and classwork ethic take a back seat to the speed with which a student can submit his/her application.

    It's a great post!! Many thanks for sharing it with us.[/

    They should be teaching this in nursing school! Instead they pound into you how you're going to be a respected professional, you're going to be doing all these wonderful things for your patient. The reality of it is so far from this. Nursing schools need to be a whole lot more honest with nursing students from the very beginning. I could and never would, recommend nursing to anyone that I really like and care about. I'm not even sure I would recommend to someone I didn't like! I didn't want my daughter to become a nurse (she became dental hygienist) and almost every time I go to work, I thank my lucky stars that I didn't and that she didn't become a nurse! This generation of young people have been pampered and given everything and I don't think they're going to put up with nearly as much as we do (speaking about older nurses here!).
  3. by   dougjiro
    198lbs/2.2=90kg*2.5mg/kg=225mg BID=112.5kg/dose
  4. by   candiRN79
    Great article! I learned the hard way after I became a RN. I had the compassion, but I was not successful working in the hospital, because of speed and multi-tasking. As a result, I worked as a school nurse for a few years, which offerred a slower work pace.
  5. by   sckooshy1
    Thank you. Amazing share! Helps ALOT!

    Looked up sputum. I would have to say that sputum would definately bother me more than the other things.

    I honestly don't have what it takes, but I really want to. I believe that I can do it. I am just gonna have a harder time than other people because I consider myself slow and and scattered. Hope some other people have this same disfunction and still have learned to be a good nurse. I look forward to improving and someday being proud of myself.
  6. by   youngvil
    I have been a nurse for over twenty years and though I love it. I don't know that I would want my daughter to choose this profession. Well too bad for what I want. My 17 year old has decided to become a nurse. I will support her and give her the best advise I know. I want to find the best nursing school but also the most affordable. I can't wait for her to read your article. It couldn't have been put any better. Thank you Ruby.
  7. by   nursemarion
    Outstanding! Agree it should be required reading for anyone thinking of going into this profession.
  8. by   demylenated
    Ruby Vee asked: Your patient is 198 pounds and the physician has ordered 2.5 mg. per kilogram of medication per day in two equal doses. How much do you give now? And that's an easy one.

    Quote from IEDave
    Hmm...[LIST=1][*]Patient weight is 90Kg, 90*2.5 = 562.5 mg: 562.5/2 = 281.25 mg or 282 mg BID.

    ----- Dave
    I have dissected your math and can't figure out where you went wrong (unless you divided by 6.25 for some reason), must have hit a wrong button...

    198 lbs / 2.2 = 90 kg

    90 kg x 2.5 mg = 225 mg / day

    225 mg / 2 doses = 112.5 mg/dose

    You'd give 112.5 mg now.

    Ms. Ruby Vee, Awesome post... But, I've never worked a night shift. Guess I'm lucky. I love nursing. I haven't ever wanted to do anything else...

    When I was done reading your post I chuckled. I kept saying, that is normal... it's normal. Nursing isn't that bad.

    Then I realized it is normal to me because it is all I have ever done. It is the only lifestyle I have ever worked. I would not have it any other way.
  9. by   nursby50
    Great article! Definitely some things to think about. I do feel part of it is a calling. I have heard often times second career seekers with more life experience make decent nurses. Have realistic expectations. Taking the bad with the good! Critical thinking/prioritizing/time management/desire to learn and improve in addition to compassion. Learn to take criticism better! If I can survive the stinkin exams, I think I'll be okay. I feel very passionate about this. If it were easy, would it really be worth pursuing?
  10. by   Iridescent Orchid
    This is a beautiful and truthful post, I enjoyed reading every word of it! Thanks for sharing this with us.
  11. by   DoGoodThenGo
    What can one say? Excellent post! Can we have it embroidered on a pillow or something? *LOL*

    Nursing like entering religous life requires a certain "calling" if you will but there is more to it than that. Just as sometimes despite the most feverent wish and all one's efforts becoming a nun just isn't in the cards, the same can apply for nursing.

    However as with the convent sometimes it's just a matter of perhaps it not being the right time or the particular order and one needs to temper desire to achieve a goal with opening one's heart and mind to God's (or whatever higher power one believes in) plan.

    Many a student nurse was chucked out of and or advised to leave a program because it was felt nursing was beyond them. So they do, however the gentle tugs never go away. One day that little tug finds a voice and says "now", and the "ugly ducking" of a previous nursing class goes on to become an excellent nurse.

    Some people reach their goals at once, others at last. What is important is to enjoy the adventure and leave one's heart and mind open.
  12. by   AJPV
    WHAT???? I won't be able to just sit around, drink coffee, and flirt? My school never told me that - I'm going to sue them!!
  13. by   eagle78
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    There are those who go into nursing so they can take care of cute little babies all day, or maybe it's sweet little old ladies. I've taken care of a number of sweet little old ladies, but then there are the emmigrants from Hades who make your entire shift a misery, and you have to take care of them as if they were likable, too. The cute little baby who "fell off the table while I was changing his diaper" for the fourth time this month may wind up in your care and no matter what you think of the mother, you can't tell her. If you don't think you'd have the backbone to contact Child Protective Services, consider growing one. Pediatrics is a popular choice because everyone loves little children. Consider the fact that some of your patients may be victims of child abuse, and the abuser is right there in the room with them asking when they can go home. Or that sweet little boy with the big blue eyes may be dying of leukemia. The neonate in your NICU may have been born addicted to heroin and is going home with his mother anyway. No body likes to see this things happen, but as a nurse, you'll see them. And worse. It'll tug on your heartstrings, or it'll rip your heart right out of your chest and shred it. But you WILL see these things or worse, and you'll need to deal with them.
    I Loved this POST!!! It was great. After reading it I still want to be a nurse. The only part I feel I will really have to work on is the part that is bolded above, about the possible child abuse. Now calling child protective services will not be a problem, not putting the mother into a bed next to the baby is what I have a concern about. I know, we cannot judge, and for all I know the mother may not have caused the abuse, just let it happen (which is still bad). Babies are my weakness, I am steering clear of NICU and pediactrics because I do not want to run into those kind of situations.

    Although I am hoping to get into oncololgy I know that there are steps to get there and running into abuse is always a possiblity as it can occur to people of any age. So, I loved the article, I still feel called to be a nurse and I hope that I am able to by the GRACE of GOD overcome my defensive behavior when it comes to seeing abuse. Thanks for the wonderful article. Peace...