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If you could go back in time 10 years and give yourself a piece of advice (knowing what you know now), what would it be?... Read More

  1. by   ldh
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    I would have held my ground and been more assertive w/ CNAs and techs from the start. I used to fear confrontation and I was walked on. I am now a very strong charge nurse, but it was quite a strugglele to get where I am.
    Wow this is bang on - except I should give myself this advice now before it gets out of hand! I can't imagine being a charge nurse - I guess that's one of the things I fear too. How did you get over your fear of confrontation? Was it one particular event that served as a "defining moment"? Just curious . . .
  2. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from ldh
    If you could go back in time 10 years and give yourself a piece of advice (knowing what you know now), what would it be?
    I would have advised myself to avoid gaining weight during nursing school!
  3. by   Chaya
    I would have trusted my gut more. I would have told myself to take a deep breath and chill when I felt panicky (which was most of the time), because fear in my case proved useless except to drain my energy and sense of purpose. And I would have been more assertive- with instructors and with nurses who showed bullying behavior.
  4. by   luvs2readlotsRN
    I wouldn't have waited this long to have lost a lot of weight(80lbs off at this point, 50 more to go!!!!!). It probably would have come off easier in my 20's or 30's. At 45 it is coming off, but I truly work off every pound!
  5. by   GPatty
    I would have stayed in college the FIRST time and been finished by now!

    Personal things???? Umm....maybe I'd better not say!
  6. by   Ado Annie
    10 years? To go to nursing school THEN!!

    Can I have 20 years?
    (1) to marry M1 instead of M2.
    (2) to change my major (except I'd never have met M1)

    but then if those things happened, I wouldn't have my boys, so OK I'll stick with 10 years... go to nursing school while M2 was still working!!
  7. by   tofutti
    I'm gonna answer this before I read everyone else's replies, then go read them.

    I would have told myself to be happy and find joy in life in spite of what's going on around me because everything was going to be ALRIGHT.

    Also, that I don't need to carry anything more than what I am able.

    Finally, I would have assured my 1996 self that my intuition on things was right on, and that I should ignore anyone who tries to convince me otherwise.

    I also would have said, Keep praying, girl!

    I guess we can give ourselves the same advice today that we would have given ten years ago, huh?

    We do get wiser as we get older.:studyowl:
  8. by   donsterRN
    I would've started the nursing program then instead of just evaluating all of the other programs that came along. I'd be a BSN grad by now, maybe even an MSN.
  9. by   tofutti
    Wow I got all philosophical there huh!

    I would have started the nursing prereq's sooner too.

    Oh, and used more sunscreen!!:chuckle
  10. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Save back 10k/yr and put it all into google and hold on until it reaches 500 bucks/share . . .

    (maybe hold that money in Starbucks in the meantime. . .)

  11. by   MB37
    Wouldn't have been so scared of hard science classes the first time I went to college - I only took Geology and psych classes. If I would have tried maybe one Bio and done alright, I could have gotten my confidence up and maybe have been premed. Even if med school wasn't for me, I would have had fewer prereqs to do for nursing. At least I'd know for sure, and not worry about what could have been...that and the degree I earned that qualified me to bartend for the rest of my life.
  12. by   PurrRN
    I'd tell myself to quit letting life's roadblocks stop me in my tracks. I've learned as I've gotten older that if there is not a way around, there is a way over!! While I'm glad that at least I've learned that lesson NOW in life, if I'd had this determination back then, I'd be so much further in attaining my goals.
  13. by   SarasotaRN2b
    I've thought of this question often. I mean I already could have been a nurse for probably 20 years...but I have to think that my experiences will make me a better nurse now for not going directly into nursing after high school. Also, I might not have met many of the wonderful people in my life had I taken a different direction.