For Those Considering A Career In Nursing - page 4

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   cma626
    This is so beautiful to read, I'm currently really torn. I'm not sure if I should pursue LPN or ASN, I'm afraid that it'll be harder to find a job with an associate degree in nursing where as LPN seems like it's easier. :\
  2. by   beca0508
    Thank you for a wonderful post, your last paragraph brought me to tears, I recently lost my dad!!

    With no doubt, I am choosing the right career.
  3. by   nurseprnRN
    RubyVee is one of the most valuable members of AllNurses precisely because of her long experience.

    She tells it as it is; the faint of heart or the easily offended ought not to subject themselves to that sort of reality check here.

    They'll get it at work soon enough, but then we can't say "We told you so."
  4. by   HeartRN13
    Great post. Personally I chose nursing because I love to help people, and the feeling of knowing you helped another person for me is fulfilling. The other aspect of nursing personally I have enjoyed is that I always feel like I'm learning and growing professionally. It's valuable to me to feel that way.
  5. by   ceccia
    this should be required reading for anyone thinking about going to nursing school. i wish i would have known about allnurses when i was applying to school - if i had known the reality it, i would have run away, far and fast!

    (as for the "i have no idea how people make it through school not knowing they'll have to work weekends/night shifts"...let me clear up that confusion for you. I expected to get my choice of shifts because our professors at school AND the working RNs I shadowed and talked to ALL said that "nurses are so in demand, you'll be able to write your own ticket" and "lots of people prefer nights/weekends because it works best with their schedule; you don't have to work nights/weekends"...lies, obviously, but from the point of view of a nursing student if your professors are saying it, AND actual nurses are saying it, why would you not trust them?)
  6. by   scott5698
    well said and still timely. Thank you!
  7. by   Vastudent85
    So I know this is an old post, but it has been helpful to me.Thank You for your complete honesty. I have been taking classes for the last 5 years part-time at a community college. Taking and Retaking. The original goal was Nursing but now that I have come to the end of classes and have taken all I can before I enter a program finally, I have lost the desire for the program. Am I crazy to feel that way? I have had headaches and weird dreams over it lately. I know I would like to have a career in the healthcare field, I am just unsure what avenue I should take. I'm 31 now and have a 7 month old to provide for, I just wanna make sure I am making the right choice.
  8. by   nursemarion
    You are probably burned out after all that work. I think the key is in asking yourself what is your motivation to become a nurse? Is it a job? A decent paycheck? Or a real desire to take care of people? The good thing about nursing is there are so many different ways to be a nurse. We are not limited to hospitals, long term care, or any particular hands on care. There is everything from drug rehab to insurance jobs. Still, you have to earn your stripes and work as a nurse somewhere before you can get to a specialized area sometimes. And sometimes you never get there. You have to be prepared to work hard, as a hands on nurse somewhere, with flesh and blood patients full of bodily fluids, pain and needs. If this bothers you, then maybe something else would be better.

    I was hesitant to commit to paying for schooling right out of high school. I decided to become an aide- a much lower commitment of time- to try nursing and make sure before I entered nursing school that nursing was right for me. It definitely helped me to decide. Is this an option for you? Some places will train you for free if you commit to working there for a time.

    You can also talk to a career counselor and explore other options. You have some credits now. They should be able to be used in any program. There are other areas of health care that are not as intense. Weird dreams are not necessarily a sign that something is wrong- they reflect our fears and fear is normal when you are making a big decision.

    You have a whole lifetime ahead of you to work. You are still relatively young career wise, but it is time to make a choice. What kinds of skills make you feel good about your self? What do you enjoy? What interests you? For me it was a combination of wanting to solve problems and a fascination with the human body and illness. Both work well with a nursing career.

    Best of luck to you.
  9. by   mrr5745
    This just showed up as a memory on FB. I had to re-share because it's still one of the best explanations of a career in nursing that I've ever read!
  10. by   mfallona
    All of the realities of nursing that I have read do not surprise me. I try to find the most negative experiences and I still for some reason have this pull to be a nurse. I attended nursing school for almost 2 yrs, after failing med surg, being hospitalized, withdrawing, being reinstated, failing peds, being dismissed a year ago, dealing with anxiety. I still have this urge to complete the task of becoming a nurse and not give up. Is that enough? I don't know. I've been through the clinicals, wiped the butts, cleared the sputum, smelled the smells, interacted with rude nurses, stressed out, felt defeated going home....I look down and see the scrubs, the stethoscope, pocket full of pens I didn't have at the start of the day, saline flush (still in the package of course); and I feel like a did something, I helped someone that day, I got better, smarter. I found myself interacting with the outside world differently, if you will. Realizing many have no idea how fortunate we are to be walking around, healthy, living life. Savioring our relationships with people in our lives. The good, heartwarming experiences should, should! overpower the negative experiences. After being dismissed, I went back to my first career as an aircraft avionics technician (15 yrs now). As I wait on standby for a seat in a 15 month bsn program (starting from scratch), I wonder everyday, especially after the awesome original post. Is the juice worth the squeeze at this point? My gut says it is.
  11. by   ianoel
    Thank you for this. As a long time lurker, I'm starting the plunge with taking some prerequisites at a nearby community college. At times, I'm wondering about if this is for me then I read this and feel more compelled to go to nursing. The criticism is such great advice to understand and reflect about especially our new generation coming in. Something to take with me as I venture forth. Thank you again for inspiring me.
  12. by   MrGreggy
    I like the part where you said.... even compassion can be faked but critical thinking cannot. even put that in by blog about how to become a nurse. Good job

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