For Those Considering A Career In Nursing - page 3

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   P51Mike1980
    This was a great read and the last couple of paragraphs stated exactly why I left office work. Thankfully both my parents are nurses so I talked to them a LOT about it before going back to school. I see too many fellow pre-nursing students that have no idea what nursing is about and what its really like. There are too few entry level jobs and the hours are long nand hard. Towards the end of my dads career his back was in bad shape, my mom suffered a herniated disk. It's not at all a glamerous profession like TV .akes it out to be, but for some people its worth it. As a second career choice I feel its right for my; I've always been drawn to medicine from a very young agem
    Last edit by P51Mike1980 on Jan 1, '12
  2. by   Always_Learning
    Love this.
  3. by   LOjesjdatVE
    Amazing!! This is definitely something I am printing out for my friend. She starts nursing school will me in Fall 12' and she has no idea what she is getting herself into.
  4. by   onepowerfullady
    This was a great and much appreciated article. I think that all nursing students should know from the jump that they will have to take criticism. I even had to get my heart off of my own sleeve! I really appreciate this!
  5. by   raeonna
    I was questioning whether I wanted to be a nurse. Your article has opened my eyes and has really made me consider this career. I don't if I can handle some of the things you mentioned. Thank you for sharing your insight. It has been very helpful!
  6. by   englishgeek
    This makes me feel better about going into nursing.
  7. by   neza93257
    I just wanted to say that your artical really stated alot and touched me deeply. I am a student at this moment prepering to become a cna and , this dedication you have is motivation for myself.
  8. by   OKNurse2be
    Thank you for this article. I know it was written some time ago, but I say it will continue to stand true. I am a nursing student myself and I am starting my Nursing classes in the fall ( already taken Pharm, Medical Terminology ) and I will be honest and say that my desire to become a nurse is really multifaceted. I have always wanted to be a nurse, and I have the utmost respect for nurses. My Grandmother, who is 94, is a retired nurse, my aunt is a nurse, and my sister is a nurse. I have always admired their ability to "zero in" on a situation and just "handle" things. I actually appreciate that hospitals are open 24/7, 365 days of the year. As much as it will suck to have to work Christmas and other holidays, as far as I know I will get paid extra for those, so yes, money is also a motivator. I admit, I am an emotional being, so I know I will have to learn to keep my emotions at bay, because I do know that I will encounter death and a manner of other emotionally charged situations. Being a mother, I am accustomed to doing what needs doing whether it be cleaning up poo and dealing with vomit, but I will be the first to admit that vomit is my least favorite thing because inevitably I find myself heaving too. I guess my point is that although I have not walked in the shoes yet, I have a basic, general idea of what to expect. I am excited to delve in, test my mettle ( and braincells ), and prove to myself that I really can do this. It's been my "dream" since I knew what a nurse was, and I am now 29. I look forward to this journey, I am excited and scared out of my wits all at the same time. Kind of like waiting on line at a rollercoaster for the very first time.
  9. by   gonzo1
    Beautifully written. It made me laugh and cry. Nursing is hard, but I love it.
  10. by   Josie Kennedy
    I am 13 years old, and I want to go into nursing. I know I have a long way to go until I get there, but beautifully written and informative articles like this help me stay motivated. I do think I have what it takes to be a great nurse, and I am looking forward to learning much much more about this profession. Thanks you so much for this wonderful article.
  11. by   TiffBell
    "Patient weight is 90Kg, 90*2.5 = 562.5 mg: 562.5/2 = 281.25 mg or 282 mg BID." sure about that calculation?
  12. by   CP2013
    Quote from IEDave
    Hmm...[*]Patient weight is 90Kg, 90*2.5 = 562.5 mg: 562.5/2 = 281.25 mg or 282 mg BID.[*]Being male (and quite hetero, TYVM), I'd say it's unlikely I'll meet my "husband" in nursing.[*]My late mother was an LVN for 15 years; between her stories and acting as her caregiver for the last 4 years of her life, I've no illusions about what I'm getting myself into. Incidentally, IT has just as wacky a schedule at times - so far my longest "shift" was 71 hours straight. Fewer bodily fluids, though.
    Closest thing to a concern I have is that I'm just not going to have the raw speed & fast reflexes of a 20 y.o. (I'm 49); just hoping I can substitute brains (better time management/prioritization skills + plenty of practice in dealing with interruptions) for brawn and make it all happen.

    And, it's still a calling for me - although in my case it's a lot closer to a raving mania.

    Thanks for sharing, and...bring it awn, baby!

    ----- Dave
    More like 90kg x 2.5mg = 225mg/day

    Thus 112.5mg/dose BID.

    Hope that pediatric patient you're dosing will live when you're giving 2.5 times the recommended dose! Yikes.
  13. by   thecareerchanger
    Nice article and made me think. I am not in the nursing field nor am I a student but have considered nursing as a second career. Now I am not sure I would go into hospital nursing (although that is what I thought of initially) and may not go into nursing but a career in the field is still not completely off the table as I work in social service and am accustomed to some of what nurses deal with (minus bodily fluids and night/weekend shifts).