So glad I chose Nursing

  1. 0 I'm glad I listened to my mom way back then when it came time to decide what to do with my life. I chose nursing knowing I'd have job choices and security. Most importantly, I'd never have to depend on a man or be stuck in a bad marriage. And wouldn't you know it, I ended up in a horrible marriage (to an alcoholic.....imagine that.....but that's a whole new thread). I am divorced now with three kids at home. Being an RN/BSN has allowed me to move almost anywhere, work where I want, the hours I want and with whom I want. Where else can you get hired on the spot?? Most importantly though is the emotional paycheck I get each day I go to work from the kids I work with. I work on a pediatric hematology/oncology unit here in Austin, TX and look forward to my day. I am constantly amazed by these kids and their families (my problems really are that small in comparison). My employer is exceptional....lots of education, freebies and of course, food....ha ha
    I've been a RN now for 18 years and am still learning new things about my profession and about myself too.
    Would I do it again? A definately yes.
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  3. Visit  LiznTexas profile page

    About LiznTexas

    From 'Austin, Texas'; 55 Years Old; Joined Mar '02; Posts: 16.

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  4. Visit  ljb profile page
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    Hi Liz,

    I just wanted to thank you for your POSITIVE, and clearly, sincere post on your thoughts on nursing. It's great to hear that you enjoy your job so much, and that you think of your choice to enter nursing as such a good idea. I'm entering a nursing program here in Philadelphia in June, and I must say I have my doubts sometimes (this will be a second bachelor's for me) when I hear some of the negativity that gets thrown around. Your message was just what I needed to read!!

    thanks again,

    Louise
  5. Visit  LiznTexas profile page
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    Hi Louise,

    I'm glad that you we're encouraged by my "rambling thoughts". You will find negativity most anywhere and it can be infectious if you're not careful. The trick is to be the thermostat rather than the thermometer. I personally enjoy having new grads on the floor...their enthusiasm is contagious and breathes new life into a workplace. Good luck in your studies and keep in touch.

    Liz
  6. Visit  live4today profile page
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    Yes, I would still recommend nursing as a career choice for any person who believes they would make a good nurse. It's a wonderful profession that I have no regrets for becoming a part of, and one of these golden days, I will return with just as much passion for the job as I had when I first started in the field.
  7. Visit  nightingale profile page
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    You go Liz! I am glad to call you a colleague!

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    Most importantly, I'd never have to depend on a man or be stuck in a bad marriage.

    Oh my.. many of us can relate to that one!

    Glad you are on the team of nursing!

    Have a great weekend! TGIF!

    B.
  8. Visit  LiznTexas profile page
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    Yes, we could start a whole new thread on not being dependent on a man for a living. Oh wait.....I think I will.

    Liz
  9. Visit  Talessa profile page
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    How wonderful to read a positive spin on the nursing career. While I understand that this is a place to vent, it can be a little scary for me, as one who's just about to start nursing school. Reading about the bad is worthwhile and has helped to give me a good perspective, but it's uplifting to read the good. It encourages me that I've made the right choice for my career change.
  10. Visit  Jean Roberson profile page
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    As a Staff Development Educator who is not out in the "trenches" every day, I try to remain sensitive to my colleagues who are. Maybe it's easier for me to be positive about nursing in my role, but it is so important for all of us to try to remember the good things about our profession, and that if we continue to tear it and each other up, we will HAVE no colleagues next to us in the future. It gets discouraging to hear that the Orientees I have worked hard to get started have left in less than a year because the unit orientation was cut short, or staff were negative, rude or "clique-y". We need to look at the big picture--new staff and students are our future! Thanks to all of you for your positivity.
  11. Visit  mkk61472 profile page
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    Sounds exciting to me..I am hoping to be a nurse someday and your post just gives me even more encouragement to want to be one.I am so glad you love your job and you sound so very happy!! I hope you continue to enjoy and love your job in the near future
  12. Visit  Future RN in WA profile page
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    I am glad to find some positive outlooks here. The negative can be a little daunting and scary. I start a program in Portland OR in August and have been rather nervous. It is good to know that there is still some support out there. Good luck to all who are starting down the path, may we all make it through the next few years with our sanity!
  13. Visit  ktdydrn profile page
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    Yes, I am still glad to have chosen nursing. I Have been a nurse for 44 yrs, sometimes part time & most of the time full time. I have worked in gen med surg, pediatrics, a colon-rectal hospital , public health, office nursing, and 24 yrs in OB as staff, assistant director of post-partum & nursery, back to staff including mother-baby, labor & delivery, high-risk undelivered mothers & even premature nursery. The hospital had about 2800 births a year. I have enjoyed everything I did. Yes, I have lots of hard days, unsatisfying days but still would do it again. I was in a diploma program. There were very few BSN programs in the 50's.
    It was a hospital based program & the best. Many things have changed. Lots of mechanical pieces of equipment, Lives are saved which years ago wouldn't have made it. Most days I go home very tired, but most of the time I feel very fulfilled. To support a pt thru some rough spots, hands on nursing, it is all so full-filling. I am at a point of resigning due to age and it is hard to keep up with the many changes, mostly paperwork, but it is very hard to let go of this part of my life. The camradery of nursing staff can be the greatest. My nursing class are still very close. It has been great. Wish I could start over but go BSN. ktdydrn
  14. Visit  Love-A-Nurse profile page
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    originally posted by lizntexas
    i'm glad i listened to my mom way back then when it came time to decide what to do with my life. i chose nursing knowing i'd have job choices and security. most importantly, i'd never have to depend on a man or be stuck in a bad marriage. and wouldn't you know it, i ended up in a horrible marriage (to an alcoholic.....imagine that.....but that's a whole new thread). i am divorced now with three kids at home. being an rn/bsn has allowed me to move almost anywhere, work where i want, the hours i want and with whom i want. where else can you get hired on the spot?? most importantly though is the emotional paycheck i get each day i go to work from the kids i work with. i work on a pediatric hematology/oncology unit here in austin, tx and look forward to my day. i am constantly amazed by these kids and their families (my problems really are that small in comparison). my employer is exceptional....lots of education, freebies and of course, food....ha ha
    i've been a rn now for 18 years and am still learning new things about my profession and about myself too.
    would i do it again? a definately yes. :d
    it is with much delight that i read this post. keep smiling and as always, keep the faith!
  15. Visit  studentOH profile page
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    Thanks for posting. I ran to austin after graduating high school, came back here to go to college (stupid mistake, should have just gone to UT!). Planning on heading back as soon as I'm done!!

    Brian


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