I'm Not Sure Nursing Is For Me - page 3
I am currently in the process of completing my pre reqs so I can apply for the RN program at my school. However, after reading some of the things on this board, I am having doubts. Too many... Read More
Oct 21, '07Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 5,250; Likes: 4,136As others have said, you are the only one to determine if nursing is the right thing for yourself.
Take the postings on this board with a grain of salt. With that being said, the postings here also have a truthful ring with regard to my first year as a nurse. I can only speak for myself, I was utterly amazed at the stress, the disrespect, and the volumes of work to perform with no time allotted to complete these tasks. I've worked under stressful conditions in former occcupations, but nothing like this. I never had an idealistic dream of this career either. I enjoy patient care, but sadly, there's not enough time for what really needs to be done and I believe patients suffer because of it. It frustrates me to no end. Yes, there are endless opporunties out there as long as you have the experience in the trenches first.
If I could do it over again, I wouldn't. BUT, I will make the best of it and start hopping around soon to find my niche in nursing.
Like another member recommended, shadow a nurse. Actually, shadow a bunch of different nurses - especially the ones on the floor or wherever new grads start out near you. Talk to them. Best of luck to you in your decision.
Oct 21, '07Occupation: SAHM and STUDENT Joined: Dec '04; Posts: 114; Likes: 3Quote from rosesheaIts not that I don't want to be a nurse, I just want to make sure I am heading in the right direction. To take the amount of time and energy in nursing school for it to turn around and not be a good fit for me. Do you know what I mean?? I have really been searching and I am 90 percent sure my heart says to go for it. So I guess I will and if it turns out that I was headed in the wrong direction, well at least I would have had a great learning experience.If you feel now that you should not go into nursing then you probaly should not even start nursing school. Nursing school is very fast paced with lots of demand and stress. I feel that nursing is not something to go in for just the money..you have to really be able to want to help others and even push yourself to the limit at times because the pay is not worth it at times.
Oct 21, '07Occupation: ICU Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 19; Likes: 4cheryl, also want to tell you i agree with the immunity idea as posted previously. i work in a hospital and have three children at home and truthfully we all do very well with staying healthy. i have said many times i feel nurses build up immunities. you children willl also do this the longer they are in daycare, school or whatever. i wondered if you have ever tried career counseling? in my area there is a not for profit organization that has different kinds of career profiling "tests". helps you pinpoint what are the most important things in a career for you and the realities of different careers. they even have porjections for estimated future demands for careers. this helped me immensely because i had been a cna all of my working life prior to nursing school and i needed to make sure this what i really wanted to do. another idea would be to shadow a nurse and see first hand.