I wasn't quite sure what to call this Thread.
I've been in the medical profession before, so I'm well aware of what's ahead of me if I'm one of the chosen ones, not just school, but the actual Nursing Career at the end of it. I know it's an extremely rewarding career, but also a dirty job, one that not everyone could handle.
I've read many posts and some of you have said that once clinicals start - even though some of your classmates might do excellent in classwork - once dealing with real live patients and all the "yuck" that can entail, they realize Nursing isn't for them and they quit. I would never attempt this if I hadn't already experienced life on the Wards - if definitely isn't for everyone, you really have to love the work.
Most schools have hundreds of applicants, very limited slots per year and a lot of them seem to have fairly high drop-out rates. Since a lot of the applicants have never worked in the medical field and only "think" they'd enjoy life as a Nurse, I have what "I think" is a great suggestion. Once the school has narrowed it's applicants down to the top students applying - wouldn't it make lots of sense for them to at least take these people on a tour of a hospital, check out the ER, maybe witness a procedure or two, etc. That way, long before they actually start clinicals - they'll realize if it's something they really want to do or not. My Sister In-Law works 12 hour shifts in an ER and says most days she leaves work with blood, vomit and God knows what else on her scrubs
- just part of the job and not everyone can deal with all of that. Wouldn't it be nice to at least have a small taste of that before you go through all the time and expense it takes just getting into school?
I know people go into Nursing for a variety of reasons. Hopefully most people are doing the job because they love helping others and have their heart in it. I know a few Nurses who hate their jobs, constantly complaining about the patients and how gross the work is. I've asked them why they don't find a job they like and they always tell me "Nursing pays great". I feel so bad for any patients these Nurses deal with - people can sense when you're taking care of them if you'd rather be anywhere, but with them, it's pretty sad.
Just wondering if any schools take their potential students on hospital tours - like I said, it makes a lot of sense. Thanks, SusanNC