What would you tell to your younger self? - page 3

Hi guys, I'm 19 years old currently taking prerequisites courses for the adn program in a community college, I'm developing a big passion towards taking care of patients in and out of the hospital.... Read More

  1. by   kalevra
    Instead of spending 2 years to get your pre-reqs done for the RN program at a community college and spending another 2 years in the RN program to graduate with an ADN go to University instead and be a PA. The military will pay for your education and living because of GI Bill so cost isnt a factor. As soon as you get home after 4 years active duty, either get your paramedic license or challenge the LVN board. You got 4 years EMT and combat medic experience, you will be fine. Then get a job as an EMT or LVN. Next go to University and major in something science or biological. Then graduate with you Bachelors Degree, make mom and dad proud, and apply to UC Davis for PA program. That way you didnt spend 4 years to get on an associates degree in nursing. Now if I only had a time machine..................I could do this or send myself the winning lottery numbers.
  2. by   mariebailey
    I was a poli sci major; it was 6 years prior to attending nursing school. Here's what I would tell myself: Put the books down from time to time, & go create & sustain more meaning in your life. Don't take friendships for granted. Make time for fun. Political science is a fluff degree, so change your major. Finally, you are an idiot if you think you're fat.
  3. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    Quote from CT Pixie
    Forget him...he's not worth your tears and the breakup will derail your life's plan of going to nursing school by 20 years! You will survive, you WILL meet someone so much better and deserving of all the love you have to give, and he will have Karma pay him a visit or how horribly he treated you and others. You just need to sit back and wait for it to happen. (and it will and DOES happen!)Education is key! Stay in school. Socializing should take 2nd priority not 1st! Don't let the normal life issues stop you from obtaining your education. School first, marriage and babies after. (and preferably in that order And finally, even though 'you' (aka my younger self) won't listen to this advice, the decisions you make will lead a delay in obtaining your dream of becoming a nurse, but it will also lead you to the love of your life and future husband and 2 healthy happy children.Wishing the OP the best.
    Really could have used this advice 10 years ago!!!
  4. by   violetgirl
    Focused on my self-worth instead of dating the wrong men! (What a waste of my youth!)
    Focused on education...
    Focused on goals...
    Said, No more often...
    Removed the "door-mat" sign from my body...
    Stayed away from the "dream-stealers!"
    Sun-bathed less
    Traveled more
    Saved money, in the wise sense...
    Oh, all in hind sight, right? Lol...
    Really, just happy I got through it and still smiling today!!!!
    Our life is a gift, no matter how rough of a road it was... some smoother than others.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  5. by   amygarside
    Study harder and find a worthwhile endeavor.
  6. by   anotherone
    I would tell myself to enjoy my youth more . 19 today 35 tomorrow. it goes fast . i should have taken more pictures of myself. maybe spent leas time worrying about school, socialized more.
  7. by   NightNerd
    Spend less time "resting" and more time having fun, working hard, and doing the things I want to do. I wasted too much time sleeping in, watching stupid movies, and even reading books - not trying to knock reading or introverted days to myself, but I wish I'd used the time to either work harder in school or spend more time doing what I love with the people I love.

    Not stress so much about whether my boyfriend is the one I'm going to marry, and if so, when and where and how. All of that will come in time, but right now growing up into my best self and encouraging him to do the same is more important.

    Get into the habit of cooking and exercising regularly. This one gets harder to pick up the longer I wait.
  8. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Geesh, I don't know. I still haven't grown up yet. I would say, don't be in a rush to get married. Save money. Live, love, laugh.
  9. by   Dalzac
    Focus on school. Stay out of relationships. Stay away from drugs and alchohol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and protect your back.
  10. by   NutmeggeRN

    Not get pregnant while in school (if only I could still have had the same child ten years later!)

    Take what ever learning experiences you get to heart and pursue your education

    Start saving immeadiately and put even more away in a retirement plan

    Do NOT get trapped with credit cards

    Look into programs that will repay your school loans


    Become involved with volunteer work-it will ake you a better person

    But dont forget to be 19!!! have some fun and surround yourself with people that will enhance your life!
  11. by   mclennan
    Think outside the box & be unconventional:

    1. You don't have to get married and/or have babies just because everyone else does or says you're supposed to.

    2. Travel as much as you can. I've attended the bedsides of many dying people and that us probably the #1 regret I've heard. Have sophisticated and daring international adventures.

    3. Homeownership is overrated, not the American dream it used to be, and usually ends up being a ball and chain. See #2. Don't go to your deathbed having spent your life's money on roofs and hedges and basement paint. Spend it on plane tickets, passports and seeing our amazing world.

    4. Say YES as much as possible.

    5. Never put a relationship's survival ahead of your own.
  12. by   Mermaidblues
    Pay attention to the little things. Treat your patients as you would want your family to be treated. Listen to your more experienced peers--most got their wisdom and patience from making a few mistakes. Oh--and about mistakes, you'll make at least a few--we all do! Own up to them--learn from them, they will teach you valuable lessons. If you don't know, or understand something, or something makes you nervous, ASK FOR HELP. Take the time to advance your knowledge and skills on your own, don't wait around for someone to offer. Last but not least, smile, be kind, and try to remember that the one patient that you believe is causing you to have the worst day ever, is probably not having such a great day either. I wish you luck, organizational ability, and a long, interesting career!
  13. by   RNperdiem
    People are not looking at you, they are not noticing your bad hair day, they don't care about how your skin is breaking out now, so let go of the self-consciousness.