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Just not cut out for nursing

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Isn't it true that some people are just not cut out for nursing? Got a friend into a CNA class (free) and she quit after one day. Think it was the talk about ulcers that smell, muceous, etc.

Anyway she wants to start in a Nursing program that doesn't deal with so much "dirty work" to have a skill to "fall back on--just in case." This just confirms for me that Nursing is not for everyone, because some people have the wrong expectations. I've given thought to encountering the above-mentioned situations (smells, mucous, etc) & worse :eek: and I'm still more determined than ever to go with my passion--nursing. :nurse:

Just a thought.

raynefall

Specializes in ER then CVICU now.

Originally posted by Luv2banurse2004

Isn't it true that some people are just not cut out for nursing?

Umm...yes, just like everyone is not cut out to be a mechanic, engineer, or a lawyer. Just because the girl can't deal with the "yuckies" now doesn't mean that she won't get used to them and be a great nurse one day. But for now if she does go through the nursing program she will have to do the "dirty work."

She thinks she is going to get away from pressure ulcers and mucous as a nurse? Do her a favor and have a talk with her before she makes another wasted effort. Jeez, I can't imagine anyone going through nursing school to have something to fall back on. It's too darn hard.

At least they figured it out early, hopefully they will make up there minds before they get too far into school.

Once was working with a new person just out of school in the ER. The sight of blood made her freeze up and appearantly she didn't know that until she was starting an IV on one of my patients! An Army Medic that couldn't handle less than 1cc of blood:eek: How do these people make it through school!

justjenny

Specializes in NICU- now learning OR!.

I can't speak for the person that you mentioned, but I can speak for myself.

I was hired as a receptionist at a Veterinary Hospital about 8 years ago, and the first thing my husband said was "What are you gonna do when someone brings in a dog that was hit by a car and is bleeding all over???"

I was very sensitive to blood, vomiting, etc *back then* Through the years not only did I "grow up" but I had a couple of kids (that'll do it! LOL!) and I can say I unfortunately saw (and smelled) some very horrible things at that place (all part of the job.....)

Although for someone to say nursing is "something to fall back on" sounds downright stupid.... maybe this statement was taken out of context??

I consider the field to be excellent because I can live anywhere and still be a nurse, and if need be, I could leave the field and rejoin it later (provided I kept up on it some while away - license, etc)

If this is a *good friend* have another talk with them.... otherwise don't worry.....this person will probably not finish nursing school with a bad attitude like that and you'll have nothing to worry about.

My .02

Jenny

wonderbee, BSN, RN

Specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

Nursing as something to fall back on? That's like thinking of becoming a nun as something to fall back on.

Altra, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

Originally posted by RNKittyKat

Nursing as something to fall back on? That's like thinking of becoming a nun as something to fall back on.

Fantastic line, RNKittyKat - I may have to use that one sometime, if I may!:roll :roll

I agree that your friend seems to be dealing with two parallel but separate (inaccurate) perceptions of nursing 1) that one can somehow be a nurse but avoid bodily functions and all their sights, sounds and smells ... and 2) that nursing is a skill kinda like inline skating, that you'll pick up with a little practice and resume whenever you feel like it. Needless to say, both of these are WRONG.

It sounds like your friend is searching for a new path - let's hope adequate consideration is given to whatever she chooses.

Happy Holidays,

Leigh

I was thinking maybe this person spoke before thinking of how it'd sound....(?) Seems if she's got the interest in doing some kind of nursing work, there's something in her that's cut out for it, right? Besides, bad hospital smells? I always heard of you put a tic tac under your tongue......

ahaha:D

geekgolightly, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, neuro, orthotrauma. Has 7 years experience.

Originally posted by Catma63

I was thinking maybe this person spoke before thinking of how it'd sound....(?) Seems if she's got the interest in doing some kind of nursing work, there's something in her that's cut out for it, right? Besides, bad hospital smells? I always heard of you put a tic tac under your tongue......

ahaha:D

I use vics vapo rub right under my nose for the really smelly clean ups. It helps.

If it wasn't for my so called fear of blood, vomit, etc. I would have gotten into nursing years ago. Now I find that these things wouldn't bother me as much as I thought they would.

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