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 no idea. I say fortunately,... Read More

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    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.
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    Not only the article made required reading for those interested in becoming a nurse but has to be provided to the patient (yes,patient, not client) and their family upon admission.The public needs to know what a nurse does exactly.
    Thank you for the realities of nursing you eloquently put in words.
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    Ruby, I've been in nursing since 1967, I'm retired now, but reading your article brought back memories of the good old days in my nursing career. I was never sorry I went to nursing school or worked as a nurse. Training was different then, exams easier, work was easier, got tougher as the years went by, but I loved my work all those years. Patients got sicker and older, new machines invented, and I had to get updated all the time with courses, conferences, etc. Nursing in hospital is very rewarding, although not an easy job. You have to be a special person to do it.
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    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!
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    [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!).
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    198lbs/2.2=90kg*2.5mg/kg=225mg BID=112.5kg/dose
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Outstanding! Agree it should be required reading for anyone thinking of going into this profession.


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