Does anyone want to be just a "nurse"? - page 3
Hi all, just curious if anyone is stopping at adn level to be a general nurse. Seems like everyone wants to be a crna or something???... Read More
Mar 27, '04Occupation: RN and blogger extraordinaire Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych ; From: OR, US ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 26,973; Likes: 44,758Thank you. I'm actually very proud of being a nurse........it's all I ever wanted to do since I was old enough to recite the cranial nerves at my grandmother's knee. I just didn't think I had the smarts back when I was in high school, so I never took the math and science courses I needed to get into a program.
In a way, though, I'm glad I waited as long as I did......I think life experience is a big plus when you're dealing with human beings, especially in some of their worst moments. Not that younger nurses aren't equally skilled and compassionate---some of the best nurses I work with are young enough to be my sons and daughters---but when you've lived a while on this old earth, I think you tend to be more empathetic with patients who are struggling to understand what's happening to them. I know I personally wouldn't have been nearly as good with patients 20 or 25 years ago, when everything was about me, me, ME (or so I thought). Now I'm able to focus on what other people are going through and how I can help *them*, which in turn gratifies me.......which is a win-win situation all around.
Mar 27, '04Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 145; Likes: 36i dont know if i want to go and become a nurse practioner or nurse anethesist or any other master's program.
reason being is that i'm a student who has had no previous hospital/medical experience. i'm just your typical person who decided to taking prereqs and just one day applied to the program and got in. so i dont know anything really.
maybe after i have worked in the nursing field for 10 years and gained experience,maybe i'll go get a higher nursing degree. but not now, i cant boss anyone yet coz i'm still learning and have no confidence.
Mar 28, '04Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: ICU ; Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 612; Likes: 24Well, I'm a future CRNA, if God has the same plan for me as I do.
Mar 29, '04Occupation: Utilization Review RN Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in Psych, Dialysis, Utilization Review ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 95; Likes: 2Yeah I plan on finishing my ADN at my comm college. I have a toddler, so maybe in about 7 or 8 years going to a university to finish my BSN. But I am in NO RUSH....
Mar 29, '04Occupation: Staff Nurse; Now Rstricted Duty Specialty: Psych, Med/Surg, Home Health, Oncology ; Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 3,014; Likes: 346`Hi
I am 59 yrs. old & proud to be Just a Nurse!! I am OCN certified & give wonderful care to my patients! In the past I have been a House Supervisor and a Head Nurse. Now I am back at the bedside & love my staff nurse job.
Mar 29, '04Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 465; Likes: 12I think the OP meant "just a nurse" as being a nurse who doesn't specialize, doesn't aspire to management, CRNA, etc. In my second year of clinicals, a surgeon asked me a question and I said, "I'm just a student, I'll find his nurse". The surgeon took me aside and said that I should never think of myself as "just" anything. He said that nursing school is hard, and nursing is harder - that I would never be "just a student" or "just a nurse". He said that using the word "just" diminished the importance of my hard work, diligence and dedication, and the contribution that I made to patient care. I have not used that word since.
As to whether I want to continue my nursing education after graduating as an RN (grad is May 15th, boards on June 9th). No, I don't. I like what I'm doing now, full-time, as a preceptee - med/surg. Continuing or not is a matter of "fit". Not everyone is suited to med/surg or any other area of nursing. Some of classmates shine in peds, others cardiac, others chronic, others OB, others OR, others ED. It depends on their "fit". My "fit" is med/surg. I'm more than happy there, I belong there.
Mar 29, '04Occupation: Paralegal - not for long. Joined: Mar '03; Posts: 217; Likes: 3Honestly, I just wanted to stop at LPN. I do not care about pay, just didn't want the responsibility of an RN. (am not ashamed to admit it). BUT, things change & I will continue for RN - ONLINE.
PS - it does bug me the way some people view LPN's, even the ANA. Whether I am an LPN or RN - I will always respect those that earn it - CNA, RN, LPN - whatever. By the way - I have a HIGH respect for CNA's and thank them every chance I can.
Mar 29, '04Occupation: RN Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 25; Likes: 1I agree with whomever said "a nurse is a nurse" whether you have a BSN or what ever. But a GOOD nurse is a better nurse! I don't plan on going on to higher education either.....at this point in my life anyway (nurse for 2 yrs and 46 yrs old) Nursing is what you make it...there is money to be made, but if you find where you want to be, no amount of money is going to take yu away from it. Money is nice, but I find that nursing is satisfying to me and it is the only job I have had where I don't think, "I will stay here for the money and make the best of it" If you aren't happy in one facility you can move on, because you are a nurse. Make the best of being "just a nurse" and be happy. Good luck to you. :hatparty: Terri
Apr 5, '04Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566Ive been in various forms of management and now all I want to do is staff nursing
Apr 5, '04Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566and also play golf golf golf golf
Apr 5, '04Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 1Hi Ben,
I am not even officially in the nursing program yet. I'm working on my prereqs right now. But I thought I'd put my two cents in anyway!
I am going to go through a BSN program. I'm a 40 year old reentry student with a family. The ADN program at first sounded good, but as I did job research in my area [S.F Bay Area], I found that alot of employers required a BSN, even to be "just a nurse". Since it's always been a personal goal of mine to at some point get my bachelors, I decided just to get it out of the way.
Right now, I'm at a community college, but I've applied to Dominican University of California for the fall and am waiting to hear from them. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks, Laura
Apr 5, '04Occupation: Lpn- Home health care/peds Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 24; Likes: 4I have been asked if I am happy being 'Just an LPN'. My answer is that I do my job and I enjoy it. I have no desire to be stuck in an office doing the Administrative part- I do enough of that as a visint nurse responsible for the coordination of care of my homebound patients and the medicare paperwork etc.
I like what I do and would love to be able to just care for my patients without the 'extra' stuff required of all medical professionals.
So the answer is... I stop where I am happy. When I am no longer happy there, then I will move on to something else that will make me happy. Who knows, it may be basket weaving!
Apr 5, '04Occupation: Mother/Baby & Nursery RN Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in OB/GYN ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 89oh my goodness! i am taking one step at a time! adn first and then i'll see. i'm 31 and am just finishing up my 2nd semester which is a bear!
i just want to make it through the next year, work and get some experience on the floor, and then i'll see!