Not sure if Nursing is for me, guidance please? :) - page 3

by Loststudent 5,795 Views | 32 Comments

Okay so I've seen this post around a few times, but everyone seems to have different circumstances. I know that my indecision is currently being felt by many, and I just wanted to get an opinion from some other nurses out there.... Read More


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    Quote from witness2012
    Why not try the LTC? Ontario long term cares have RNs as the nurse manager . Ull have more of a leadership role . An with few years of experience as a RN you an be an associate director of care or even Director of care ! More management work . Still nursing!
    That's not a good plan if she doesn't want to be a nurse. Managers in LTC need nursing experience first.
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    The best managers I had in LTC/CC were the ones who would come out and turn and change products when the;units were short staffed.

    The same in Acute Care. The manager I respect the most will still do bedside when needed.

    A nurse that doesn't want to nurse isn't going to be a good manager.

    Like the OP has stated they don't want to be the nurse that doesn't want to be there. S/he is just finishing the first year. There is no shame for walking away. Telling someone to persevere and become an NP or a manager when they don't enjoy it now is almost cruel.

    There are many, many things in my life I have regrets about. Nursing isn't one of them. I loathed the LTC part of my education. I sat in the parking lot and cried a couple of times but I just knew I wanted to do it in the long run.
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    If u are not interested in nursing but want to help then look at the jobs i previously posted.. Theres no she in walking away.. Better than incurring debt.. Looking at how i came to nursing i wouldnt of done the careers i had previously and went straight to be an RN.. This job is not right for everyone.. You are still findig yourself but u recognize that this may not be for you.. Kudos.. Talk woth a guidance counsellor.. Good luck

    All management nursing requires a few yrs of experience they may say 2 in the job description but usually its alot more.. Again Good luck
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    Quote from witness2012
    Why not try the LTC? Ontario long term cares have RNs as the nurse manager . Ull have more of a leadership role . An with few years of experience as a RN you an be an associate director of care or even Director of care ! More management work . Still nursing!
    I've worked LTC for almost 3 years. I enjoy LTC, but I'm looking to change it up. Aside from all the administrative duties, you have a ton of meds and documentation.

    Think 30-50 residents or more, depending on where you work and one or two nurses for everyone. Two nurses is generous. You need to develop superior assessment and prioritization skills, because geriatric patients quickly deteriorate. You learn to work smart and fast...but the care needs to be done properly.

    After 3-4 years, nurses can apply for an Associate Director position, but many people discover LTC is not for them. It's becoming more and more acute in LTC, since less complex cases generally live in lodges or at home.

    Management positions still involve floor shifts, too, which means you'll need to understand the role of the floor nurse first. When we're short, the manager has to work shifts and push a med cart, transcribe orders, wound dressings, etc.

    Effective leaders started on the floors and they understand nursing care. The admin duties are in addition to their nursing skills. Also, people don't respect managers who only push papers.

    LTC is expanding, but suggesting that someone can apply for a management position without the experience....well, any reputable facility would not accept someone without the knowledge. LTC is a specialty in its own right.

    OP, sometimes the first year is very overwhelming. However, only you will know whether nursing is the right choice. Just be prepared for long hours, hard work and politics wherever you end up. There are no easy nursing jobs. Each area has its pros and cons, and as a new grad, you will probably need to accept a less desirable position in order to gain the experience and transition into your preferance.
    Last edit by joanna73 on Apr 10, '13 : Reason: completed thoughts
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    Dear Loststudent:

    I once quit my nurses training and thankfully found my way back, it was the best decision I ever made!
    Boxrluvr

    Some quotes for you!

    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”

    H.P. Lovecraft
    ,
    Supernatural Horror in Literature
    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    “The difference in winning and losing is most often… not quitting.” ~ Walt Disney


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    Boxerluvr: (do you have a Boxer dog in your life, always wondered, or is the other half a boxer?, sorry, just nosy)

    I thought about nursing when I was in high school. I didn't do nursing school until I was 40. I just didn't have the maturity to do it in my late teens. I think it took being a mother, working in other roles, and just growing up that made me able to hack it out.
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    lol. I thought about it in high school too. I didn't do it until I was 38.I think all the stuff I did in between made me a better nurse.
    For one thing I would never have had the nerve to stand up to a rude patient when I was 20.

    Totally off topic.i have two girls. I turned to nursing after my marriage broke up and I needed a better job to support me and my two girls.My grandmother had two girls and turned to nursing to support herself after her marriage ended.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Boxerluvr: (do you have a Boxer dog in your life, always wondered, or is the other half a boxer?, sorry, just nosy)

    I thought about nursing when I was in high school. I didn't do nursing school until I was 40. I just didn't have the maturity to do it in my late teens. I think it took being a mother, working in other roles, and just growing up that made me able to hack it out.
    Initially I think I am the oldest one in here, I found out more people older than me, I finished nursing school when I was 36, raised my child, now I have been Lpn for 7 years now, wondering I should take bn or not? I am glad to see there are lots of people close to my age, we can understand better each other
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    I was set to enter nursing in 1992, back when it was the Diploma program. However, nursing was in the toilet then. Nurses and teachers were being laid off and shifted around across Canada.

    History repeats itself, lol. So I decided on hotel mgmt and got a diploma for that. After SARS and Sept 11, the tourism industry collapsed and has never fully recovered.

    I wanted a career change anyway, so after 5 years at age 37, I received my BSN. At the time I entered school, many opportunities for nurses. By the time I finished, zero.

    Nursing is cyclical, and there is no job security in anything. I am also glad I came to nursing late. I understand myself, other people and the politics within the system with greater insight. Things you cannot learn in school.
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    I have to agree with the general trend here. OP...you're young, yes...but I can see by the posts you make that you are very self reflective and aware. Good for you!! I wish I had been that smart at your age!!!

    You've had some fabulous, front line nurse give you food for thought here...so I won't repeat what's already been written..with one exception...

    STRIKE " JOB SECURITY" OFF YOUR LIST OF PROs!!!! It's a tragic mess out there and position availability is next to nil at the moment. I would hate to see you invest a debt load of Uni costs for something you really feel is not your forte' !
    Keep us posted on your path of discovery though!! and KUDOS to you for thinking this through so well!!
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