Thank you all for your thoughtful responses. They are greatly appreciated.
I was a medical social worker for several years, as well as an Activities/Social Services Director in LTC. I know this is what drew me to nursing. I have a solid base in the disease processes most common to the geriatric population and their treatment on a medical as well as psychosocial level. I wish to expand my base of knowledge by becoming a nurse, thus assist in the physical healing process, while incorporating the skills I already possess. I have a deep and abiding passion for the rights of the elderly and the werewithal to learn to assist all people in maintaining or reaching their "personal" optimal health. Be this through treatment, education or ideally a combination of both. Utilizing a team approach.
The "down and dirty" of nursing has immense appeal for me. I specifically accepted a position as a na in order to insure I was capable of handling feces, urine, sputum, vomit, blood and anything else "flung" my way, while maintaining a professional demeanor and leaving the resident feeling comfortable and when necessary comforted. The inherent challenge of nursing is a large component of my desire to be a nurse. There is always something new to learn. No day, even in an environment that appears as stable as LTC, is ever the same. The opportunity to learn is omnipresent, even more wonderful is the practical application of new lessons to difficult situations. I have no qualms about asking questions (ask my supervisors!). When I don't understand anything I make it a point to ask for clarification as someone's health and physical well being are not to be taking lightly. I also enjoy searching out answers for myself using a variety of media. Then discussing these possible solutions with those who are more knowledgable than myself, and seeing them through to application. I look forward to continueing to learn throughout my career.
At the moment my interests fall into geriatric nursing and the social worker in me is giving serious thought to following the route to become SANE certified. Two very differgent paths. After clinicals I will have a better sense of which route to pursue. Either way I do plan on becoming an RN and have investigated local programs that bridge LPN->RN.
My family life is stable. My mother will have charge of my son when he is not in school. For backup sitters my brother and several girlfriends have agreed to be available. My son is excited about my education and becoming a nurse. We've discussed the hours I will be in school and working. He says he looks forward to "studying" with me.
Our DON has been supportive and I will begin working a flex schedule when school starts. Instead of 11-7, I will be working 6pm to 11pm, 3 to 4 days a week. She will also keep me "on call" if you will for weekend shifts at my discretion.
Here's your check............(bwahahahahaa):roll
Okay thanks for bearing with me. Those are the rough cut answers off the top of my head to the questions you provided. I have examples to back up the statements I made taken from my professional experiences, but hey this post is already long enough!!!!!
Thank you again for getting me to thinking, there were many questions I had not considered. Off I go to write out my answers and continue to give thought to these issues. You all are wonderful!!!!
Orientation is June 6th, interview sometime after that. I promise to check back in :kiss
Again thank you!