My name is Rick... I'll be 29 next month.
I have spent the past 13 months going to school for Respiratory Therapy. I dropped from that program because I got sick of the quality of the education I was getting. I'm sorry, but when I ask a question over what is being taught... the last thing I want to hear from the teacher is, "I don't know" or "Well, the book says this...."
yeah, yeah... I know I know... with that much time invested in school, why not go to another school and pick up where I left off... Quite simple. The school I WAS attending is the one that was RECOMMENDED by THREE Respiratory department heads and numerous RT's. that was the "recommended program" I hate to see what other schools are like... I've also had doubts if RT was right for me once the class actually got out of "The basics" and into the actual therapy classes.
So why Nursing over RT (besides the lack of education I was paying through the nose for): Honestly... when I was on Clinical's, I enjoyed giving patients their breathing treatments. I also enjoyed helping the patients with anything they needed once it was over. What got to me though was my clinical instructors attitudes to "help". I honestly lost track of how many times I was told in private, "You shouldn't do that. That's the nurses job. It makes those of us who don't want to do that look bad."
I'm sorry, but isn't patient care & comfort everyone's job? So what's the big deal with giving them a glass of water or getting an extra blanket?
Also, the nurses kinda took me under their wing more than my Clinical "instructors" did. After all, it was a charge nurse that pulled the strings to let me sit in on an open heart surgery... not an RT. All they told me was, "we'll see if we can, but don;t hold your breath."
Anyway, what my current plan is this:
Start with the spring semester at a Community College with the underclassman classes. I then hope to transfer to the Nursing school at ASU and earn my BSN. From there, who knows... we'll see where the world takes me.
I have not enrolled yet... I'll be doing that first thing in the morning though. Would have done it yesterday, but the school was closed for the passing of President Ford.
Jan 3, '07
I'm glad you decided to give nursing a try. Welcome to Allnurses!