Quote from benjamin
this may sound strange, but where i went to school the rad program was very "snotty" they truly considered themselves above other health occupations, especially "butt wiping nurses" i will tell you that the challenges of nursing are fantastic! a good rn has such an incredible knowlege base - so many diseases and treatments, when you choose a specialty a whole new world opens, it is great - an rn can be as educated as they want to be, if you like technology, pick the specialty and facility that fits your curiosity. i have most of my experience in oncology, the development of chemo and bio drugs changes every day - literally- there are so many avenues to keep you interested, and technologies for delivery of drugs..... if you can tell, i am excited about nursing... i will warn you, the schooling was difficult, and like many occupations was the cliff notes of what you will really do. you will learn on the job, always be as challenged as you want to be - always have options, if you get sick of inpatient med-surg, change, if you get sick of inpatient period - change, if you get sickj of touching patients... change! the job opportunities are endless, you will not even realize the scope of nursing until you get out there.
hope this reply suffices!
that's pretty good! sorry to hear about the experience at the rad school though! i don't think any nursing occupation should be looked down upon, as each has it's own specialty, and work just as hard. and as far as 'butt wiping nurses' goes...well, been there-done that, matter of fact at home too with 4 children!! . maybe you didn't mean that literally..but it is a part of life, all of it. it's ashame they think that way.
i became certified 20 yrs ago as a cna, my reason for not staying with it was because i was pregnant and took on raising a family instead. and then, ended up taking on other interests as the year went by. now, when i return to school this winter quarter...i will be relearning cna, and then skills for lpn, and then hopefully ;>)..on to the aas degree for rn..with pre-reqs first though. i see you also have a bsn....that's awesome! i want one....
so rn school is difficult huh? i am kinda worried about the chemistry and math..as those weren't strengths of mine in high school...though chemistry was interesting. i think it was just the environment and my peers at the time...would have rather been somewhere else
!, which makes a huge difference in how one succeeds. oh..and i can't imagine a rn who doesn't 'touch patients'..isn't that part of the job description? i can't imagine a nurse, period, that doesn't. seems odd to me i guess.
oncology, burn unit, icu, geriatrics and pediatrics all interest me. er kinda scares me though...gotta be ready for anything right? but, i suppose after lots of schooling and practice..who knows! now, oncology, doesn't that also deal with leukemia? i trained for a marathon in 2003 with team in training in honor of a leukemia patient and raised funds for cancer research. what an awesome experience!
well, i'd better quit writing before i write a book! ;>)
thanks much for the input...very much appreciated!