For Those Considering A Career In Nursing - page 4

by Ruby Vee 49,264 Views | 44 Comments

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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    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!
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    This makes me feel better about going into nursing.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Beautifully written. It made me laugh and cry. Nursing is hard, but I love it.
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    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.
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    "Patient weight is 90Kg, 90*2.5 = 562.5 mg: 562.5/2 = 281.25 mg or 282 mg BID."

    egh....you sure about that calculation?
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    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.
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    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).
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    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. :\


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