- 1Hi guys! I'm a high school senior who will be entering the nursing program at the University of Portland next fall and just signed up for allnurse.com for advice and support as I make this journey towards becoming a Peds nurse! I was hoping for some advice from those of you who are in or have completed nursing school...If you could go back and give your fabulous nursing-student self some advice, what would it be? Thanks so much guys and I look forward to meeting you all!
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- 0Mar 15 by Sue SalisburyCongratulations on a great career choice. Challenging question, but I think for me it would be to realize after you learn all you can in school, another essential type of education is going to start as soon as you get your first job and are taking new responsibility for patients. Don't be surprised if you wonder why nursing school didn't fully prepare you (it can't -- human lives are too unpredictable), don't expect the learning experiences will ever be over, and don't hesitate to ask your fellow nurses for their opinions and to share their experience with you. At that first job, find a nurse you admire and learn from him or her. School gives you the knowledge, but experience in nursing is key.
Aloha, and best wishes, Sue Salisbury, Maui Hawaii
- 4Mar 15 by meanmaryjeanMy advice would be to NOT go into school with the goal of being a peds nurse. You tend to limit yourself that way- thinking perhaps "Well, I'll just do what is needed for med-surg since med-surg is not what I'm REALLY interested in..."
Go in with the goal of being open to ALL that nursing has to offer. Best wishes to you
- 0Mar 16 by ceebeejayUse the learning objectives as your guide for what to read. You will not have the time to read every single thing on the schedule. You will have to prioritize what is important. Just as an aside to what someone else already said, PEDS was the LAST place I wanted to be during school. Guess what, I am working with pediatric patients and I have found I actually enjoy it more than the adults. So, you just never know. Open yourself to all the experiences offered and never say, "never". Good luck.
- 0Mar 16 by KelRN215My suggestion would be to get experience working with children NOW. When I was in high school, I was an aide in a preschool summer school program. In college, I worked as a substitute teacher and a bus monitor for a child with severe autism. I also volunteered at camps for children with various illnesses (cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy).