You've been a nurse for how long? - page 3

I have been an RN for almost 4 years now, this is my second career now.... Read More

  1. by   pollux
    Nursing is not my first career. I used to worked as an animal health technician. I must say taht moving to nursing was the best decision I have ever made and I have no regret. It is challenging , rewarding , offers many possibility to grow and allows flexibility. Just to name a few. There are cons to it but most days there is enough good to keep me going!!
  2. by   Tinaboo
    My great grandmother was a mid wife, and the nursing profession skipped a few generations in my family. My sister was a CNA and I was looking for a more steady career that I would enjoy and grow in, she told me about the CNA course available to me one town over. I wasn't sure what a CNA was and if I would even like it. I took the course and became a CNA at the facility where my sister worked, I realized that I loved doing the job and I loved the geriatric patients. I was a CNA for 7 years before finally getting the nerve up to go back to school, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse, I just didn't know if I could do it. I finally decided after my unit supervisor gave me a evaluation that had the words in it "She is waisting her time being a CNA, she should further her schooling and become a nurse." If it wasn't for her and my truely believing husband I wouldn't have gone back to school. I built up my confidence and realized that becoming a nurse was what I needed to do. By the time I graduated nursing school this past April I was a CNA for 9 years. I have been a LPN now since May, and I find it challenging and rewarding. I can't imagine doing anything else. I love the nursing profession, I continue to learn and grow every day from my patients.
  3. by   karenelizabeth
    That seems simply amazing that its been that long.

    Worked on an acute medical/rehab ward for the elderly for 3 years and loved it. It was heave and hard work but very rewarding. Couldn't go back there now though think I would miss NICU too much thats where I have been for nearly 8 years now and I love it (most of the time) I really enjoy having the mixture of acute/sick ventilated babies to well going home Mums and babies. I have tried adult ITU and PICU but they just dont give me that ballance.

  4. by   LoisJean
    LPN since 1974- Just thinking about how long blows my mind!


    Lois Jean
  5. by   globalRN
    20 years next May
    4 years for me

  7. by   jurbyjunk
    36 years and counting. University of Arkansas 1966.
  8. by   GPatty
    I've been a CNA for 20 yrs and an LPN for a day!
    I passed my NCLEX and got the results yesterday!
  9. by   monkijr
    Congrats JulieLPN:hatparty: :hatparty:
  10. by   flaerman
    I have been an RN for the last 17 years, have worked in 3 states in a variety of settings.--Paul
  11. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas. Ive been a nurse now for about 2 1/2 decades. But I started as a hospital corpsman in 1968

    doo wah ditty
  12. by   texoradon
    27 years and still goining
  13. by   texoradon
    27 years and still going ....fingers not working today !!! sorry