hi lovepurple, :d
have to say i love the name purple is my favoite color. b4 i joined this forum i had an unrealistic view of nursing. i am doing this as a second career, my first was a teacher. i also had an unrealistic view of it which was vacations, summers and holidays off, great kids, great life. my dreams were shattered when i became a sub right b4 student teaching. teaching is a really stressful job, crappy pay, unemployment, crappy grade level teams, and continuous unemployment. if i have a career why am i working @ officeteam with college students on summer break. so i ran, cancelled student teaching and began my pre-requisits that semester out of school. i have always wanted to be a nurse, but i did not beleiev i had the intelligence to succeed in the science classes, so i took the easy way out i went into the easiest career field i could find and knew that i would not be happy & that is not where my heart is. the media portrays nursing as the ideal american/ international career field. advertising the job security, pay, flexibility. they have never mentioned the torment and torture new grads experience. this forum has given me an ideal representation of nursing underneath the glory of pay & flexibility. no amount of money can compromise a person's dignity, respect, and pride. even though we are "new grads" we all come from different walks of life and different age groups, but at the end of the day we are all adult women that have a passion & drive for nursing. nursing school is headache enough no one should have to wake up everyday to a job they hate going too. this creates stress, broken families, and depression among nurses. it saddens me to see the new grads that have given up, lost their jobs, or just lost themselves in this field. after reading all this and being nervous & affraid i still wouldn't want to do anything else. i am thankful for this site because i am expecting the worst and i am just greatful to have many shoulders to lean on in this site and see people that are enduring the same tourture that i will have to and come out a survivor. realistically people outside this field could never understand the position of a nurse. it saddens me to see all of this animosity and anger towards new grads, i feel like they probably read these posts and get great pleasure and feel like their job is done. lets not give them the pleasure. lets go ahead and endure the torment, move forward, and make life easier for the next generation of nurses after us. lets never forget what happened to us as new grads, yes it will make us better nurses, but aren't their other ways. i hope you remain a nurse because patients need nurses like us to make their lives here on earth much easier.
good luck & god bless :heartbeat