greatings from me mark, who wants to learn about nursing - page 2

Hello. I'm mark and I thought that I would join a forum to learn about nursing. I would like to know what is the hardest thing about the job? Mark... Read More

  1. by   learnigmark
    Quote from WannabeFinished2005
    Doing digitals....yikes!!!!
    I do not know what digitals are.?
  2. by   learnigmark
    Quote from RainDreamer
    Hi Mark, welcome to allnurses!! I'm not a nurse yet, so I don't know what the hardest thing is, but I know one of the hardest thing about being a nursing student is the lack of sleep lol.
    Congrats on soon to be graduating! I like my sleep. I hope I won't have to worry about falling asleep working.
  3. by   Alicia18
    Originally Posted by learnigmark
    yeah I'm looking for a career in nursing. right now i'm looking at the possible specialisations. What is your specialisation or where do you work? Are nurses required to work 12 hr shifts?
    I'm a fairly new CNA, so I'm not sure if you want to hear from me, but I work at a nursing home where the scheduled shifts are 8 hours and 12 hours depending on the days. I have also worked up to 16 hours in a row, not fun, but necessary. For me, the long hours, especially at night shift, have to be the worst thing about the job. Messes up your entire schedule if you have a family who wants to do things during the day. Also, since I'm new, the feeling that I still have a lot to learn is also difficult at times.
    Don't let me get you down, though. I love my job even if I might not sound like it, and will go to college for my R.N. this fall. If you think nursing is for you, go for it!
    Oh, by the way, welcome aboard allnurses.com! :hatparty:
  4. by   learnigmark
    Thanks for the info. I have a much better idea of what some nurses do. I am glad to hear that it is possible to work the 8hrs a day for 40hrs a week.
  5. by   Alicia18
    I like my sleep. I hope I won't have to worry about falling asleep working.
    Oh, if you work night shift (at least in a nursing home) you definitely have to worry about sleeping! :spin: Here at allnurses.com we have a whole thread devoted to how to stay awake on the job!
    My personal favorite -- Red Mountain Dew.
  6. by   learnigmark
    Quote from Alicia18
    I'm a fairly new CNA, so I'm not sure if you want to hear from me, but I work at a nursing home where the scheduled shifts are 8 hours and 12 hours depending on the days. I have also worked up to 16 hours in a row, not fun, but necessary. For me, the long hours, especially at night shift, have to be the worst thing about the job. Messes up your entire schedule if you have a family who wants to do things during the day. Also, since I'm new, the feeling that I still have a lot to learn is also difficult at times.
    Don't let me get you down, though. I love my job even if I might not sound like it, and will go to college for my R.N. this fall. If you think nursing is for you, go for it!
    Oh, by the way, welcome aboard allnurses.com! :hatparty:
    Always love the imput. What is the nursing home like? What are a couple of jobs you might have in one day?
  7. by   learnigmark
    Wow that is crazy. I'm thinking of giving myself a month of research before I decide to become a nurse. What proportion works night?
  8. by   Alicia18
    In the nursing home I work, learningmark, nights are busy at the beginning and end of shift; then very quiet. If it is an 8 hour shift, the residents are already in bed, so until 5 am, all you have to do is clean, fold, and/or hang their personal clothes and linen, set the tables for breakfast, do rounds (every two hours), answer call bells, and write up the ADLs (activities of daily living). Once 5 hits, every one has to be woken up and dressed, wheeled or walked to the breakfast tables, and the beds all have to be made. Once the change of shift arrives, report has to be given, and then you can flee home to bed.
    On a 12 hour shift, at the beginning of the shift you also have to do showers (if it isn't Sunday), dress the residents in their pajamas, brush their teeth, make sure they have clean briefs on, and get them in bed with their call bells within easy reach. Then it is like an 8 hour shift.
    Hope this gives you a good enough idea of a nursing home at night!
  9. by   Alicia18
    Oh, and learningmark, night shift isn't really that bad. You just have to find what works for you to keep you up. And if it's an 8 hour shift, staying awake isn't as hard. The night really flies.
    Don't let me scare you off; good nurses are needed. If you don't think night shift is for you, ask someone about days.
    I don't know what proportion works night... I'm fairly new to this site as well. I'll let someone else answer your questions.
  10. by   trvlnRN
    Quote from learnigmark
    Wow that is crazy. I'm thinking of giving myself a month of research before I decide to become a nurse. What proportion works night?
    Taking time to research before you go into nursing is very smart. I would recommend you speak with many nurses who have been in the field a while. Nursing practice was not what I thought it was as a CNA or a nursing student. I have my BSN and have worked in many different areas as a nurse: Cardiac, some ICU, all other hospital units, hospice and dialysis. One thing that you hear almost everywhere is that there is too much work (patient load, paperwork, etc) for any one nurse to handle. Nurses often work through unpaid breaks and rarely get to leave immediately at the end of their shift. It is an interesting job with lots of opportunities for a variety of specialities as well as lots of opportunities for change and travel as I have done. But it is also a job with a lot of risks via occupational exposures, strains, stress etc. Nursing is a very tough job. Doing research before you take the plunge into nursing school is highly recommended. Working as a CNA first also provides you with some insights into nursing practice. Though I can guarantee that it will be totally different that what you thought it would be. Talking to nurses who have worked in the field for a while and looking into the variety of nursing specialities would be recommended to make an informed decision to see if nursing is for you. Good luck.
  11. by   trvlnRN
    Quote from trvlnRN
    Taking time to research before you go into nursing is very smart. I would recommend you speak with many nurses who have been in the field a while. Nursing practice was not what I thought it was as a CNA or a nursing student. I have my BSN and have worked in many different areas as a nurse: Cardiac, some ICU, all other hospital units, hospice and dialysis. One thing that you hear almost everywhere is that there is too much work (patient load, paperwork, etc) for any one nurse to handle. Nurses often work through unpaid breaks and rarely get to leave immediately at the end of their shift. It is an interesting job with lots of opportunities for a variety of specialities as well as lots of opportunities for change and travel as I have done. But it is also a job with a lot of risks via occupational exposures, strains, stress etc. Nursing is a very tough job. Doing research before you take the plunge into nursing school is highly recommended. Working as a CNA first also provides you with some insights into nursing practice. Though I can guarantee that it will be totally different that what you thought it would be. Talking to nurses who have worked in the field for a while and looking into the variety of nursing specialities would be recommended to make an informed decision to see if nursing is for you. Good luck.
    Oh Yea....I started out working nights as a new grad. Three 12 hour shifts a week. Since then, I've worked just about every shift available to nurses. It is a matter of personal preferance depedent on your lifestyle. Personally, I'd much rather work three 12 hr shifts a week than five 8 hr shifts no matter if it were day or night shift. I enjoy my free time and too me...working an 8 hr or a 12 hr are very much the same. Many new grads have to start out on night shifts then they can bid on other openings after they have time and experience on the job. People don't realize how busy night shift is. I personally liked working the night shift the best when working in hospitals because you don't have to deal with as much activity: patient family questions, doctors who have your chart you need, patients transferred for tests (in and out), etc. I liked having my patients and their charts their in a much less hectic environment. But that's just my personal preferance. I also found that there were more "code's" at night and you have a much heavier patient load, along with a lot more problems with dementia at night. Sleeping during the day isn't always easy either. But I never found it difficult to stay awake because I was always very busy. Every shift is busy and every shift is different. It's just personal preferance and job availability.
  12. by   akcarmean
    Welcome
  13. by   learnigmark
    Thanks guys, so what is a CNA, and how many years to become one?
    learnigmark

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