My name is Samantha and I'm 21 years old. I graduated in 2004 and I just decided that I want to go to school for nursing. I'm not exactly sure where I should start. I have a little girl on the way and I want to go to school and work part time. I'm trying to figure out the best thing to do. In order to be an lvn do you have to become a cna first or can you just train to become a lvn? Also, my mom is a nurse and she thinks that I wouldn't be able to handle the dirty work that nursing involves. Such as cleaning up feces, urine, vomit etc. I would like to know if any of yall who are professionals struggled with this? Does it take some getting used to or are some people just not able to handle this. I have so many questions and I would really appreciate your responses. Thanx a lot.
Dec 10, '06
well how do you feel do you think that you can handle the bodily fluids. I think most nurses have a bodily fluid that is hard for them to deal with, I am not so good with vomit. But I deal with it. Somehow you just manage. There is so much more to nursing than cleaning up. Giving comfort, meds, dressing changes, talking to Doctors, starting IVs, pulling ivs, chest tubes, central lines, assessing patients and much more.
Good luck on what you decide.
Dec 10, '06
hello! I think first and foremost you need to examine and assess yourself first before you decide. Think and ask if this profession is your calling or vocation . Do you want to interact with patient ? because you need to remember that this profession provides a needed service to society especially right now a lot of people needs us! I mean there's shortage and besides there's academic preparation, commitment and you need to be responsible.
Dec 11, '06
Thanks for your responses. I really appreciate yall taking the time out to reply to my post. I definitely know that I want to work with the elderly. There is a place in my heart that is just open to them and I love knowing that I can make a difference in their lives. I feel that way towards people period but the feeling is more intense when it comes to them. I worked in a nursing home for 3 months and before then I volunteered at one. So I'm used to the smells. Just not the bodily fluids. I specifically want to work with hospice patients b/c I feel like it's a blessing for you to be able to impact someones life in there last days. I have a lot of empathy and I care about people so I know I can make a difference. I know a lot of other things go along with the job. I'm always open to learn new things. What were some of the things that made yall decide to get into the nursing field? Were you worried about it being the right decision or was it just one of those situations where you knew it was right?
Dec 11, '06
Nursing is my 4th career. I tell you this to point out that you are young and if you go into nursing and you don't like it, nothing says you have to stick with it.
The first thing you will have to do before you even apply to a nursing program is do some prerequisite classes such as English I and Anatomy. Start by getting a college catalog and looking at the degree requirements. I started slow by taking a couple of classes of prerequisites each semester. I then got to the point where I could take more when my youngest child started school. Getting into a nursing program is getting more and more competitive and you need to keep the grades up. A 4.0 guarantees you will find a school that will accept you. If you are going to do nursing, I recommend you go ahead and go for the RN.
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