Opinions on Becoming a Nurse - page 2

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When I first told friends and family that I was considering pursuing a nursing career, every one of them said "Oh, you'd be GREAT as a nurse." And every one of those twirps followed it up with something to the tune of "You don't... Read More


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    Quote from Mandy0728
    Because of this economy? Really? Where I live, there are plenty of nursing jobs available, so I'd say it's a pretty safe choice & what's wrong with everyone doing it for the same reasons?
    New grads are really hurting out there. Job openings doesn't always equal job openings for people without experience. And it's getting even tougher for people with ADNs.

    I'm not quite in the boat of discouraging people from choosing nursing, but I definitely warm people in my area away from associates degree programs and from choosing the path solely because of a nursing shortage. I have friends all over the county who have searched 8 months to a year for that first job, and then most of them ended up outside of acute care. If it's worth taking a chance, then more power to us all
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    Ive been told by family and friends because I'm smart and caring. My doctor told me id be a good nurse because li seem very caring and would listen to people. He also told me I'm not aggressive like his nurse who tries to teach people karate. I think she sounds funny. Anyways, hearing that from my doctor was nice. His wife is getting her masters in nursing and i kinda have a crush on him.
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    Quote from mz23
    Ive been told by family and friends because I'm smart and caring. My doctor told me id be a good nurse because li seem very caring and would listen to people. He also told me I'm not aggressive like his nurse who tries to teach people karate. I think she sounds funny. Anyways, hearing that from my doctor was nice. His wife is getting her masters in nursing and i kinda have a crush on him.
    First rule of any employment (and that includes student nursing): Don't get your money and your honey from the same place. Leave that married man alone.
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    Quote from C.A.S
    A lot of inflated egos. Too smart to be a nurse? What the heck does that mean? Should that be a compliment to you or a castigation to the nursing profession.
    Well my dear(s), hate to deflate your ego, it's MUCH BIGGER than you are.
    I think it is an insult wrapped in a compliment. One of those pitying sighs and oh, I think you could do better statements. Most likely it means the person has no idea what being a nurse is even about.
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    Oh no, I completely agree about not choosing it based on nursing shortage. In our area, there's so many nursing jobs available & surprisingly a handful of them don't require experience.
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    Where I live (Miss) most of the hospitals have new graduate nurse programs set up specifically to employ new grads. I'm excited! The pay is good, and nursing can stabilize my financials. I can afford to get married to the love of my life, build a house and start a family. In North Miss a BSN nurse at a hospital is hard to come by. They employ mainly ADN and I'm pretty sure it's because of the lack of BSN schools. Miss only has 5 or 6 BSN schools in the entire state
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    Quote from Nurse2BeInGA
    First rule of any employment (and that includes student nursing): Don't get your money and your honey from the same place. Leave that married man alone.

    Lol nooo. I would never go for a married man. And i dont think my doctor is interested in me. He said i remind him of his daughter. We're both trouble makers *eye roll*
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    Quote from Jlm1206
    Where I live (Miss) most of the hospitals have new graduate nurse programs set up specifically to employ new grads. I'm excited! The pay is good, and nursing can stabilize my financials. I can afford to get married to the love of my life, build a house and start a family. In North Miss a BSN nurse at a hospital is hard to come by. They employ mainly ADN and I'm pretty sure it's because of the lack of BSN schools. Miss only has 5 or 6 BSN schools in the entire state
    That's awesome! Most hospitals in my area have GN programs, but they're super competitive? You have to have > 3.0 and a high exit HESI/ATI score just to qualify and most spots are actually filled internally anyway. And of course, almost all require BSNs. I have a good shot as a spot as an internal applicant, but most of my class is SOL :-/

    It's great that you live in such a good area for new grads! It eliminates a lot of the worry.
    Having fewer BSN programs really does help. There are at least 6 just in my city.
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    Quote from Stephalump

    That's awesome! Most hospitals in my area have GN programs, but they're super competitive? You have to have > 3.0 and a high exit HESI/ATI score just to qualify and most spots are actually filled internally anyway. And of course, almost all require BSNs. I have a good shot as a spot as an internal applicant, but most of my class is SOL :-/

    It's great that you live in such a good area for new grads! It eliminates a lot of the worry.
    Having fewer BSN programs really does help. There are at least 6 just in my city.
    Yea it helps to find and keep a job but I'm at a disadvantage if I were to apply to a bridge program. Most in MS are not online and the closest one is in Memphis but I don't really want to go there, so I could apply to a school 2 hrs away and hope for the best. It's in Gods hands
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    When I decided to go into nursing, I didn't really have friends who were supportive, but that wasn't on my mind at the time. I had 3 children to feed, and was sick of my job. That's all I needed to know! I worked evenings at a call center to make ends meet. Now, I have a couple kids who are teachers, and I'd say we all have a bit of a "bossy" streak in us.
    Last edit by DidiRN on Jul 18, '13 : Reason: TOS
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