Should I give nursing another try? - page 6

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I am extremely depressed. My whole family are nurses mother and all my aunts. They kept on telling me nursing is the only way to make money quick. So I enrolled in nursing school but I didnt pass the practicum and failed med surg... Read More


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    Quote from almostmadeit
    I know, I am not evil. I just need to find a way to survive! I am almost on the streets right now. I am 22 no job and since I failed, my parents want me to move out unless I can find a high paying job like nursing. Nurses make 50k entry level. I am so stupid to let it go
    I am sorry your parents are not the most supportive, I can empathize. I lived with my parents though-out nursing school and I had my daughter with me, they practically counted the minutes. But if nursing isn't what you want to do I'm not sure why they would try make you. If your parents truly want you to be successful, you need to have a conversation with them. Maybe sit down and talk about getting a part time job and returning to college while you make a plan for what you want to do. My parents insisted that in addition to caring for my daughter that I was completing some combination of full time hours either work/school, full time school or full time work and school would be the only option of not having to pay rent. If I choose to only work full time, some amount of rent would be negotiated.
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    if you want to make a quick buck and help people i suggest getting your LPN and go into massage, 48 states regulate it as a LEGITIMATE profession with certain requirements the potential is there to earn six figures if you do it right
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    Can't you go be a Navy Nurse? My folks were in the Marines, and that's what I was supposed to do but out of high school I wasn't mature enough to buckle down with the books for nursing school. I didn't go into the military because I was afraid I'd be put doing something else (dangerous!). Finally as a middle aged woman I went to nursing school and love being a nurse no matter what!
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    Quote from almostmadeit
    RN's in my state start at 50,000. Entry level nurses are the richest proffesion in the world!
    50-60,000 dollars a year doesn't go far in most places these days, especially if you live in or near a major city, AND hate your job.Physiotherapists make the same, as well as dental hygenists, and executive assistants. However, any profession requires patience, dedication, and work.
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    Thanks alot everyone. Not all nurses have stressful jobs. A lot of plastic surgery and out patient surgery centers hire RN'S to take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes. That's it. Also some nursing homes hire RN's for the sole purpose of passing meds and nothing really much else. I was going to pass nursing but I had a bad instructor for the practicum, If that hadn't happend I would have passed. Oh,well.
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    I hope you can find some useful advice here. The recurring theme seems to be that you & Nursing probably are not a good fit. You will be a lot happier if you put some thought & focus on finding a career doing something that you actually might enjoy doing. Also some honest self reflection on why you didn't pass your Nursing class/Praticum the first time will help you avoid making the same mistakes in your next chosen profession. Good Luck.
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    I've worked in a nursing home for 2 years. We do much more than pass meds. In fact, LTC is the absolute last place you would want to work if you are seeking "lighter" nursing duties. Sorry to break it to you, but no nursing job is easy.
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    To reiterate: you are incorrect in many, if not all, of your assumptions. I can speak to the ambulatory surgery aspect. To state that all we do is "take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes" is both incredibly wrong and offensive.

    Who do you think puts the iv IN? Who do you think cares for the intubated patient in the Recovery Room? Who do you think assesses cardiac/neuro/endocrine issues in pre-op and raises questions as to the suitability of the patient for general anesthesia?

    If you think that any facility is willing to pay an RN to pass out juice boxes, then again, I strongly recommend that you find another field to pursue.

    Quote from almostmadeit
    Thanks alot everyone. Not all nurses have stressful jobs. A lot of plastic surgery and out patient surgery centers hire RN'S to take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes. That's it. Also some nursing homes hire RN's for the sole purpose of passing meds and nothing really much else. I was going to pass nursing but I had a bad instructor for the practicum, If that hadn't happend I would have passed. Oh,well.
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    I feel uneasy about recommending military career to young people for the perks and benefits. Too many immature kids are encouraged into it without realizing the full implication, with tragic consequences. With that said, it really is a great option only if you're prepared to give up many personal freedoms, be relocated/deployed, possibly be wounded/killed.

    OP, I'm scratching my head as I read your post and responses, as it appears that you're really not getting what people are trying to tell you here. Have you had a job before? I really recommend getting a job somewhere and start supporting yourself -- that will give you the insights into the reality of hard work and rewards. Not to mention, growing up as a person. You can start taking classes part time to prepare for nursing school if you desire.

    And know this: insinuating nursing is a lucrative job with minimal effort is offensive to a lot of us. We worked hard to become nurses and we continue to work hard against terrible working environment and all kinds of mental stress that caring for people entails. Even the areas that you seem to think are a piece of cake aren't so easy. Please don't go into specialty sections of this forum asking "Is (specialty) nursing easy?" as you're bound to get flamed if you haven't noticed already.

    Another thing. Please heed the advice above about honest reflection. First step of growing up and earning respect of others is owning your mistakes instead of putting the blame on someone else. A "bad instructor" does not fail a student. The student let herself get failed by the instructor. If you change this attitude, it'll help you a lot along the way no matter what career you choose.
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    Quote from almostmadeit
    Thanks alot everyone. Not all nurses have stressful jobs. A lot of plastic surgery and out patient surgery centers hire RN'S to take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes. That's it. Also some nursing homes hire RN's for the sole purpose of passing meds and nothing really much else. I was going to pass nursing but I had a bad instructor for the practicum, If that hadn't happend I would have passed. Oh,well.
    There are emergencies that arise in plastic surgery (kanye's mom?) and in out patient care. A juice box isn't going to help you there. NO nursing job totally stress free or easy. I don't think you understand any of this, which is why I don't think you & nursing is a good fit.
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