Poll: How much did you "know" before nursing school? - page 3

Some of us must have gone in to school with medical backgrounds (Emts and such), some of us had only the knowledge supplied by prerequisites, some of us have picked up a lot of knowledge on our own,... Read More

  1. by   TifRN2B
    My mom became an LPN when I was about 8... I've grown up listening to her "nurse language" and her Taber's and Davis always were on her nightstand. I worked with mentally and physically challenged kids and adults for 4 1/2 years doing care in supportive living homes as well as a 36 bed facility, and did the CNA thing at a nursing home for about 2 months (decided then I didn't ever want to work in a LTC facility lol) and now I'm working as a clinical tech in the hospital....which I LOVE. So I guess I had some knowledge going into nursing. I've only been a clinical tech for about 4 months, but it's helped me SO much. You really get into the swing of things as far as understanding the Kardex, getting a routine down for doing assessments, practicing procedures, understanding the significance of lab values, charting, giving and taking report.... Actually now in clinical I'm always ahead of schedule... I'm used to having 5 of my own patients vs the 2 I have on clinical days. So if anyone has the chance of being a clinical tech in a hospital.....take the job!
  2. by   JenNJFLCA
    I knew nothing!! I actually had a fear of hospitals!! :chuckle
  3. by   NeoNurseTX
    NOTHING except for my pre-reqs.. none of which were nursing specific. I start nursing school next week so hopefully I do okay!!