If you could go back, start-over, change majors, what would you do and why?

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It doesn't have to be WHEN you went to school, you could theoretically go to High School Graduation or GED moment, and take a different road.  Would you?  And yes, you know everything you know now, for the duration of making the decision, then you have to let the decision run it's course.  Would you do it?  What would you do different?  Different Major, School? Specialization? Start your own business and forego Education all together?  The choice is yours.  This is a time to dream, hahaha.  What would you do?

Specializes in Private Practice/Family Healthcare.

No Doubt, I'd be an Alpaca and Llama Farmer in Argentina or Chile, and have a Rural Clinic in the Andes Mountains.

Specializes in Critical Care.

So many mixed feelings. On one hand, I am better with animals. I could see myself becoming a vet. On the other hand, despite how rough nursing can be, I appreciate what I have learned.

 

*I've gone backpacking with friends and helped a dude out after he got drunk in the middle of the night. He decided that was prime time for bouldering. He messed up his leg real good after falling off the cliff. I patched him up. 

*I've helped a friend of a friend when he suddenly collapsed and went head first down 15 steps that were made of metal. Blood was just leaking out onto the side walk from this guy's head, like a slow stream. Everyone at that party was freaking out. I held pressure and demanded that 911 was called immediately. Ultimately he got stitched up and is fine now. 

*Just the other day my roommate's volleyball teammate got knocked down after taking a direct hit to the outside of his right knee cap. He's gonna be outta the game for awhile. While miss HR person was focused on the fact that the employee had signed a waiver, I focused on the person. I checked the site and it was fine. I helped get him up to the nearest bench, elevated leg, borrowed someones jacket to keep his head and upper body warm until help arrived. 

 

More than anything, I like knowing what to do to help family members and friends when something happens. I do not like nursing in general mostly because of this whole patient satisfaction thing that's been going on for awhile. To put it onto nurses to "make someone happy" is a joke. No one can make anybody happy. Yet, here we are. 

So, IDK what the answer is. Still figuring that bit out. 

GrumpyRN, NP

1,277 Posts

Specializes in Emergency Department.

The biggest problem would be all those young women around. I know what to do and I know how to do it and I even know the right things to say and do to make it happen but my mom says I have to be home by 9 o'clock.

As this is in the Nursing Humour section I thought I would be a bit facetious.🤣🤣🤣

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN.

There are a lot of irritating things about the field of nursing, and every job or place of employment has them. However, I have to say I feel like I am one of the few people who really enjoyed MOST of all the different nursing jobs I've held. I can honestly say I wouldn't change any of it; wouldn't want to go back through any of it though, either. A lot of times I made fun of the idiocy I encountered, by making a cartoon or re-writing a song so it would apply to it. I am surprised I didn't get fired for some of those things I did, but so many people thought I was being funny and laughed at them. Well, I was being funny by pointing out how ridiculously stupid some things were, but I don't believe anyone was insulted by it. I was only "spoken to" about something one time, and I can't even remember now what it was over. So, I squeaked by, and now I am retired, so you couldn't pay me enough to take anything on again! Nursing was way different when I graduated, and I would not be a nurse now for ....all the tea in China!

I do admire the nurses who work now, though. I think it is a much more convoluted experience these days, than I had, so I'm glad I did it in the past when I did go through school and it worked out fine in the end!

GrumpyRN, NP

1,277 Posts

Specializes in Emergency Department.
No Stars In My Eyes said:

There are a lot of irritating things about the field of nursing, and every job or place of employment has them. However, I have to say I feel like I am one of the few people who really enjoyed MOST of all the different nursing jobs I've held. I can honestly say I wouldn't change any of it; wouldn't want to go back through any of it though, either. A lot of times I made fun of the idiocy I encountered, by making a cartoon or re-writing a song so it would apply to it. I am surprised I didn't get fired for some of those things I did, but so many people thought I was being funny and laughed at them. Well, I was being funny by pointing out how ridiculously stupid some things were, but I don't believe anyone was insulted by it. I was only "spoken to" about something one time, and I can't even remember now what it was over. So, I squeaked by, and now I am retired, so you couldn't pay me enough to take anything on again! Nursing was way different when I graduated, and I would not be a nurse now for ....all the tea in China!

I do admire the nurses who work now, though. I think it is a much more convoluted experience these days, than I had, so I'm glad I did it in the past when I did go through school and it worked out fine in the end!

I agree Stars, looking back I think I got the best of the health service.

Years ago when a complaint was made it went into the "Complaints Book" and really not very much happened unless it was something serious. Not long before I retired I received a complaint that, I kid you not; apparently I said the patient "looked well". Considering this was in the context of alleged large blood loss and I was handing over to a colleague I thought it was a reasonable observation. But obviously I didn't validate the patient.

Talking to friends still in nursing I'm like you - I would not like to do it now.

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hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

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Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life).

We were just having this conversation yesterday. I can honestly say that Nursing in General has been good to me.  When I went to school back in 2000 I was embarking on a journey to get far from my past. It worked mostley. So What woud I do differently? Well a grew up in a small city in Southern Cali that was agricultural and I would love to have a small farm.

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