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Did becoming a nurse change you????

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by TruDivaRN TruDivaRN, BSN, RN (Member) Member

TruDivaRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Long Term Care.

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i just have a question for all you experienced nurses. when you finished nursing school, did you change, or know of someone who changed for the worse. the reason why i ask is because a couple of my friends and myself started nursing school last august. everything was going fine, two or of decided on the rn program and we will graduate in may;)!!! the other decided on the lpn program, and she graduated in july. everyone has been so happy for her. i mean we have known each other for 10 years, we have worked as cna's together for the past 10 years. so it was shocking to see how much she has changed, she has out right lied on some damn good nurses. she went so far as to stand up at a meeting and bad mouth all the weekend nurses:devil::devil:. she reminds me of the nancy nurse that my instructor always speaks of minus the nursing license ( she hasn't taken her boards yet). everytime i talk with her its always people are jealous of her because she is going to be a nurse now. i know for a fact thats not the case:nono::nono:. the same nurses she went and reported, where the same nurses who wrote her letter of recommendation for her portfolio:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire. i just hope i don't end up with the super ego trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Nursing has changed me in one major way: the sight, smell, and thought of death doesn't really bother me much anymore. I now fully comprehend that human life is temporal, and that no person is placed on this earth to live forever.

However, it has not changed my personality. I am still a laid-back, quiet introvert. I have never been catty, envious, or the type of person who snitches on colleagues.

Nursing cannot turn someone into a snitch; rather, the person had the snitching propensity before they became a nurse.

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To be perfectly honest, after 20+ years of doing this, I'm more cynical. Not toward my patients so much, but rather toward inept, out-of-touch hospital administration(s). I (and many of my hard-working colleagues) have been burned far too many times for me to trust they have anything resembling our interests at heart.

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jmking specializes in psych nursing.

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Yes, a title of LPN or RN or any other credential can lead to an inflated ego. For some it is temporay disease and for most people suffering it is chronic. If you really value you friendship just nicely tell her that " I see you have been acting differently lately" If that does not work give her some space, if she is really a friend she will come back around.

Jennifer LPN;)

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KJRN79 specializes in OB/peds (after gen surgery for 3 yrs).

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Short answer: No

Longer answer: I have been a nurse for 28+ years and I am happy to say I haven't changed, I'm :Melody: "Still Crazy After All These Years". Ask any of my friends from high school, who are all nurses themselves!!!!

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nursemary9 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych, Med/Surg, Home Health, Oncology.

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After 40+ years==

You know, I really don't remember.

I am more assertive, but then, I needed to be.

I was barely an adult when I started this job and I basicly grew up with it.

Now days, I'm MUCH closer to my pt's. I think I'm more empathetic.

However, as Emmanuel said, I'm much more cynical toward Administration. I,personally, don;t believe a word they say. I have been lied to one too many times.

I think I'm much more outgoing & talkative. I have many more friends then I ever had when I was in school.

Just be yourself and be true to yourself & perhaps you won't change except for the better.

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allantiques4me specializes in Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home.

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I think its changed my way of thinking life is forever.Ya know tomorrow we might have cancer,be paralyzed or have some other horrible life altering experience .Yes bad things can happen to us too.

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Elvish is a BSN, DNP, RN, NP and specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

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For better and for worse:

1) I swear more. I'm not proud of it.

2) I'm more assertive. That's a good thing.

3) I've seen how people that are different than me live.

4) Like others, I've become a little more cynical. Ok, a lot.

5) I have seen how horrible -- and how great -- human beings can be to each other and it has changed me. I can't articulate how.

6) After a few situations where I didn't know elbow from backside, I realize that the more I learn, the more I NEED to learn.

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BBFRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, PhD and specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research.

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I second everything Arwen U said. I could've written the same exact post!

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Becca608 specializes in med-surg.

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I'm only in nursing school, but family members have commented:

5 out 6 family members say they see that I am finally maturing into an adult (and I'm almost 40).

The other family member says that I've turned into an absolute B*&%$

:lol2:

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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My core being of who I am hasn't changed. But I'm definately not the same person I was 16 years ago, part of it is because of what I've seen and done in nursing and how I've grown professionally. The other is I hit middle age and all that is that.........

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teeituptom is a BSN, RN and specializes in ER, ICU, L&D, OR.

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I am what I am and that is all that I am yuck yuck yuck

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