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reply thank you All for the encouragement , I was feeling a little blue, But you'll are right /I'm going to remain focus
on MY objective!!! I'm a Cpht and have been volunteering at my local county hospital for over 2 years now, and as a result have increased my knowledge of Dosage calculations/and basic understanding of drugs. However I currently work in the "Finance industry"(higher $$ and convenient hrs /benefits). I guess since, I don't currently work in the medical field , I must be feeling a little unsecured ,lol....But 4 now on... just worried about doing my personal best!!Thanks
I understand how you're feeling. I actually LEFT Finance (literally just quit my job two wks ago) for Nursing (I start my ABSN program in August). Even as an entry-level employee the pay in Finance was pretty darn good (although I find 9-5, M-F work hours ANYTHING but convenient), but I hated it and could not have imagined having to spend even one more month giving my time to a field that literally sucked the happiness out of me.
I have heard all of the recent stories about the "fabled" nursing shortage, but I have also heard first hand accounts from friends, family members, and mentors who say that it is just not true-that there IS a shortage, that they are always understaffed and overworked, and that the hospitals just don't want to HIRE more people. In a weird way, that gives me a glimpse of hope because at I least know that the need is still there, even if the job openings aren't per se. From what I've heard this is a cyclical trend that occurs in Nursing anyway- economy down, heavily experienced nurses come back to work, economy gets better and little by little they leave again.
I try to be a realist about things at all times (so that I stay grounded), but I'm also an optomist. Things work out simply because they HAVE to and this should be no different. OP, I would encourage you to focus on doing all you can to make sure that you complete your program and that YOU become successful. Yes, the field is competitive but the fact of the matter is that we can't ALL be nurses, and there are built-in mechanisms in these programs to weed people out. During my first degree, I can't tell you how fast the "Pre-Med Kids" and the "Engineering Kids" pools dwindled down. All you can focus on is you. You will make it as long as you refuse to accept anything less.