I'm having doubts about nursing... :( - page 7

Okay everyone, I am just starting my second semester of nursing school and I just had my first day at orientation on the med-surge floor that I will be at this semester. This is my first semester... Read More

  1. by   koreanbraves
    hey, i am senior nursing student graduating December 2017 and I can tell you do not make decision just on one clinical rotation. you will go through many different types of floors such as PEDS, OB, PSYCH, critical care, ER, hospice, nursing homes, etc. and you will find your passion somewhere. CNAs are critical part of the care team. i suggest you do nurse intern job or extern job and see if you really like the hospital environment. do it as soon as possible because you dont want to go too deep into your program and then regret it. every job has its own ups/downs. you need to fit into the unique nursing passion to stay in this field.
  2. by   NursiePoo40
    I precept new grad nurses and I can tell a huge difference with those who have worked as LNAs- they have a natural way with patients and are more willing to do anything that needs to be done (instead of calling for an LNA for example to change sheets or help a pt to the bathroom). I have and continue to learn tons from LNAs, both in skills and more just in ways to treat patients; I have a huge respect for LNAs and what they do for such little pay. I'm sure it's frustrating to shadow an LNA while you are a student and so anxious to learn nursing skills but remember that as nurses we are expected to be able to do everything an LNA does as well!
  3. by   Workitinurfava
    Nurses are required to do CNA duties often, and more than you could even imagine. You won't get any sympathy, not saying you are asking for it, just stating the facts. If cleaning up poop all day bothers you, look for another career before you get so deep in and you can't get out. As a nurse you will be asked to do more than you are willing to do on an ongoing basis to, and with a smile on your face. If you do stick with it, make sure you can trust the people you decide to complain to. Some will run to the boss and say you hate the place but only a select few will understand. Many nurses like nursing, just not the conditions in which they are asked to work in. Know the difference.
    Last edit by Workitinurfava on Sep 13, '17
  4. by   Applejack
    I can't help but wonder these thoughts reflected your work in clinical
  5. by   fmf13
    Quote from Lil Nel
    The OP stated that there weren't enough nurses to go around. So, potentially she could be paired with a CNA again. But we know next time, she won't.

    I complained ABOUT instructors during nursing school, and had lovely interactions with the President of the school, and the Dean of Student Affairs. If things hadn't been resolved, I would have taken my concerns even higher.

    Sometimes, you need to stand up for yourself and your classmates and not be a scared mouse.
    I remember that I was paired with a CNA for several days within my rotation. I was humbled at how much they do behind the scenes. I don't understand why we are complaining about something so trivial. In life, you will have conflicts and things you don't like, but complaining all the time is not the right response. That will NOT look good on you when you leave, because you are not pleased with one thing or the other, and the facility doesn't give a good reference. Remember that what you do reflects on you and can have consequences. Even if you don't leave, how you respect other co-workers or complain about people will effect how willing people will be to help you. Sometimes you have to pull on your big girl/boy pants and suck it up. Nursing is not always glamorous.

    OP, I know you were looking for empathy, but I don't understand why you are questioning your future nursing career because you were paired with a CNA. It is HARD, HARD work to be a CNA and they may not know everything, but they are an integral part of our system. Take it from someone that did primary care all the time, we do not have aids on our floor.

    In short, yes you have a right to vent, but be prepared to get responses you don't like--that is life. Lastly, you will be fine and get plenty of experience shadowing nurses.
  6. by   RS,StudentLVN
    The real learning experience comes when you start your first job. Be proud of what you will eventually be doing as a nurse. Good luck to you!
  7. by   fitfabfunnurse2b
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    I agree - like she doesn't want to be a nurse anymore because she spent her day doing "menial" tasks. Perhaps not what she intended, but that my my impression nonetheless.
    You love to troll people, don't you? You sound so smart!
  8. by   lilstudentnurse19
    Hi! I am also a nursing student and in my 4th semester (yes, 4th!) I was placed in a clinical setting that were mainly given to 2nd semester students. My classmates was in a medical ward and learnt IVs, tube feedings, wounds. I was in a restorative unit that was basically an aged care. I was basically halfway through nursing and felt like I was learning nothing.

    It is your first day and I know you had your hopes high but imagine all the other opportunities you will have in specialities you wanted to do. I know personally maternity and paeds were for me and my love for nursing came back when I was in those areas. The skills you learn now will be vital for what you learn later on. They will not pair you with a CNA for the rest of your prac, maybe it was a staffing issue on the day? And if you don't feel like you're learning anything, I found that me being proactive and asking around to learn new skills always helps.
  9. by   CrunchRN
    Nothing wrong with having doubts. Although basing it on one day is a mistake. Nursing isn't for everyone and if you decide it is not for you that is cool. Find what will suit you better. Just don't base on such a short sampling. There is a lot more to experience.

    For the record I did not get the impression that you thought there was nothing to learn from following the CNA or learning basic care, but just that you were disappointed. Which is fine except when you make decisions based on one short experience. That will bite you in the butt eventually in any career.
  10. by   brandy1017
    Quote from Texasstudent0
    The extreme lack of diplomacy?? First and foremost my university has an open door policy. We are encouraged by our professors and by the Dean of Nursing to be vocal about any problems we may or may not have within the college. They want our feedback on our clinical instructors, they actually ask that we give feedback and fill out surveys on our experience with them. There is no extreme lack of diplomacy on my part by any means. She was just sticking up for me since most of these people on the thread are crude and distasteful. Some of you act like you were never a nursing student. It was one post. The majority of comments on here are accusatory based what they interpreted from the original post. A lot of "reading in between the lines" but they completely missed the boat.
    I think you are completely overreacting both about this one day at clinical and the comments from others. CNA skills are a useful and needed part of bedside nursing as others have pointed out. You should be paired up with nurses for the rest of your clinicals. But usually clinicals aren't enough and there is quite a culture shock when you have your first nursing job. I've only encountered a few nurses who were truly adequately prepared and they either had CNA, LPN or intern/extern experience or had an unusually lot of different clinicals working in a variety of different settings.

    That is why I suggested working as a CNA or applying for an intern or extern position if you have the chance. Hopefully in a few years you will look back on this experience as a minor blip and maybe even see some positives in it.

    Those you disagree with are probably trying to help you put things in perspective. Good luck with your nursing journey.
  11. by   Elizabeth1414
    Hi, i'm in my last semester of nursing school, and your post resonated with me a lot.
    I understand the disappointment when you're so excited for your first day of clinical and you end up making beds the whole day. I've been there.
    I really considered dropping out of nursing school for the first 2/3rds of my degree. However, i'm now in my last year and I LOVE IT.
    You have to learn all the basics before you can move up, and no, they're not glamorous, but that's a part of life, and illness. You really do get used to that stuff and end up being able to do it very fast, and matter-of-factly.
    My final year placements have been in emergency, labour + delivery, and with a health unit, and I have loved them all. There are SO MANY places an RN can specialize.
    So yes, cleaning poop sucks, that's true, but when I got to hold a woman's leg while she gave birth, got to scrub in on a C-section, assisted with giving clot-busting meds to a man having an acute heart attack, or ran a clinic at a school to give girls vaccines to protect against HPV, it was worth it.
    Nursing is such a fascinating profession! There are just so many things you can do. You can work in the community, OR, ER, NICU, Labour and Delivery, ICU, Medical/Surgical, Dialysis, Oncology etc. etc. etc. Just check out the specialties tab on this site for inspiration Find areas that interest you and just keep your head in the game and your eyes on the goal. You don't have to work on a general medical floor, but you do have to learn those skills. Nursing school goes by so fast, though.
  12. by   Wandaelam
    My first semester of clinic was cleaning poop and more poop, making beds, vital signs and glucose. But, it was a learning experience. Do you think when you become a nurse that you will no longer do this? Oh, you will continue to do this. Your CNAs are extremely busy and sometimes it takes a while for them to get to your patient. So, will you let your patients sit in poop? I hope not. If you are serious about nursing learn from the experience and enjoy the patients interactions. If not, get out now because once you are a nurse you will not be the best nurse you can be.
    Last edit by Wandaelam on Sep 14, '17
  13. by   Maplessharon
    Give it a little time. I was sure when I started nursing school I would eventually end up in L&D or pediatrics. I disliked them both. You will find your niche.