I graduated ADN Dec. 2002, passed the dreaded NCLEX begining of March and have recently started looking for a job. I am 36 yo and have been a CNA for thirteen years. Since I graduated, I have looked at a lot of nursing BB's and realized that the world of nursing is huge and that I can work in what ever field that I choose. I have also noted that every new nurse starts out in a hospital and to be honest they don't make it sound attractive. At my age I don't feel young and am not about to let another nurse eat me alive. I have been in Home care for the last five years and absolutly love it. I have been offered a position with the VNA. They offer 6-8 wks of orientation with more as needed. I'ts better hours with better pay and I get to spend some one on one quality time with my pt's. So why do I feel guilty about not going and putting in my " time" at a hospital? I am curious to hear what other new grads think. Also want to say Congrats to all of us who made it through the hell that is nursing school and then passing NCLEX. WE did it!!!!!
Apr 3, '03
Congrats mekajay! I am really impressed with your accomplishments and the fact that you decided to become a RN after 13 years as a CNA
As for feeling guilty about going straight to home care, GET OVER IT!! I don't remember reading anywhere that we were required to work in the hospital right out of school and let's face it, not all new grads are created equal. I'm sure in your 13 years as a CNA you were able to see and experience all kinds of patient populations, so you were fortunate enough to know what area you are best suited to work right out of school.
One of the wonderful things about this profession is how many opportunities are available to us. You should work were you will be the happiest, not the hospital because of some perceived obligatory standard. You'll be a better nurse if you love your work.
Best of luck to you!
Apr 12, '03
I think it's awesome. I'm a soon-to-graduate student, but recall that my rotation with the VNA was one of the most fullfilling. There are so many people in the community that desperately need the services of a nurse (so much sadness/heartache out there!)...
Unlike most new-grads, you have 13 yrs of experience in basic nursing care. You can operate at a level of autonomy that most grads cannot yet reach. The only reason that I'm going to a hospital immediately after graduation is b/c they teach/reinforce some of the basics (ex.time-management & lots of skills). The VNA in my area won't take a new grad. So you are way on top, and are definitely doing the right thing!
Go where you feel the calling.
Apr 12, '03
Thanks for the encouragement. Good luck to those who are graduating soon. I have accepted the position with the VNA And am looking forward to orientation. will post agian and let you know how it is working out.
Apr 13, '03
Enjoy your new job. I worked home health 11 years, went to DME sales now which I love. I am going to look for a PRN weekends job in home health now that I am settled. I miss it.
Apr 13, '03
Mekajay I did it pretty much like you did. I'm 34ish and have been an aide among other things for 15 yrs. I just graduated in May and got my license in the mail March6th. I think it's a matter of preference. Do what you feel. I personally want to put in some years on the floor but I want to be an oncology nurse and I am a military spouse so moving around is something I have to think about. Someone who has never worked in the hospital setting may want to work the floors to get a feel for it or maybe, like me, have the experience but have certain goals in mind. Whatever the reasons they are indidvidualized and I wouldn't sweat it if I were you. Press on and congratulations!!!!!! You did this because you want to love what you do and do what you love so go on and do it!!!
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