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It is never too late to follow your dream. I did not go to nursing school till I was 40. Regret makes one bitter with life. Follow your dream!
Public Health- love the hours, autonomy, teaching and variety. I do clinics (std and Immunizations) teach in the schools for both students and staff and do community outreach and education. Backround is 23 years as a nurse aid, 3 years bedside nursing in hospital (as a float nurse) and 3 years LTC nurse manager. I have been at this job for 14 years now and love it.
I also believe that the ADN nurse comes to the clinical setting better prepared than the BSN. When I graduated and went to work at a hospital, I worked with new BSN grads that had never started an IV, inserted a foley or NG or any of practical things a bedside nurse has to do. How does that make them "better nurses"? When some one could not get an IV started or a foley in I am the one they called for assistance not the BSN nurse. Do we need BSN nurses? Of course we do! But does every nurse need to start their career as a BSN? I don't think so. In my neck of the woods, (Western Michigan) nurses are respected by the community. Also respect is earned by your actions... not the letters behind your name. If you know your job and do it to the best of your ability, that is what is respected.
The article brings back memories of my nursing home days. I worked them for many years before I got my RN. I also cried many times.... but there were a lot more smiles! I loved (and still do) the older population. While I love my job now in public health, I do miss the elderly patients. Keep doing what you love, life is to short not too! Merry Christmas and God Bless.
I also have worked for many years in the medical field with only minor injuries. You can be hurt at just about any job, even a desk job. What I noticed was that most of the time injuries occured when protocol was not being followed. My one major injury occured because I thought I could move a patient up in bed without help. Not a smart decision on my part and I paid the price. Luckily it was not a permanent injury. The thing with a nursing career is that it should not be "derailed right out of the box" just because of an injury. There are too many areas that a nurse could work in that does not require a lot of physical ability. Things like management, consulting, working for drug companies, doctors offices and public health are not as strenous as floor or home care nursing. Many of these also have much more family friendly hours of work also. Again, attitude and desire to make it work are key!
Yes, Yes, and Yes! I started at the bottom (CNA) at the age of 18 and went back for my RN at age 40. I love working as a nurse. For several years I was a float nurse in a hospital. I worked in nursing homes and now I do Public Health Nursing. I only have my Associate degree. I suppose if I had been younger when I got my RN I might have gone on, but I did not need it for what I wanted to do. Also, (just my opinion) I don't think "most nursing jobs are horrible". I have worked a lot of them. Any job is what you make of it. Attitude is key!
I apologize if you feel my comment was "harsh". I did not intend to sound as if I was unfeeling or unsympathetic with what nurses today are expected to deal with.The "customer service" you describe is indeed above and beyond what should be expected of nurses, especially with the number of patients that we are assigned. What I was reading between the lines was the obvious burn out the original writer was expressing. My firm belief is that if the job you have is not bringing you satisfaction, then you should change it, for your own sanity and well being. I have been at the beside since 1968 and have seen bedside nursing change considerably. When I could no longer deal the "the administration" and changes, I changed jobs. I now work in Public Health and love it. The hours are better, the pay worse, and yes we are being asked to do more with less staff, but.... I am still doing nursing (although not bedside). And that was all I was suggesting, that if the pressure is too much, do yourself a favor and find something less stressful.
Sorry, but I am an old school nurse. The "customer service" that you described, backrubs, nourishments, etc, were what WE called nursing! Yes, nursing is much more high tech today and there are much fewer staff for the number of patients. But that doesn't mean our patients don't deserve the best care we can give them. ( I do agree that the homemade cookies are a little overboard). When you say you just want to "do your job and go home." I wonder what your job consists of in your opinion? Is it just giving meds and doing the assessments? Or does it include the moral support, education, encouragment of each patient. Sorry, but it seems to me that maybe a career change may be just what the doctor ordered for you. I am a firm believer that if you are not happy with what you are doing, find something to do that DOES make you happy. Good luck and God Bless!
I shudder when someone says they want to go into nursing for the financial benefits. Yes, nursing is a fairly secure profession, but nothing is a given. If the only reason you want to be a nurse is because you think you will be able to get a job in hard times, then it may not be the job for you. Nurses work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays. If you are a stay at home mom, you need to realize all the time you will give up with your family,if you go into nursing. Of course there are jobs in nursing that don't require shift, weekend or holiday work, but they usually are hard to get and they don't pay as well. I would suggest that you try working as an aide or volunteering to see if you like what you see. I believe that to be a GOOD nurse, you have to have the heart for it. I have worked with nurses that are just in it for the money and believe me, they are NOT GOOD nurses. They may have the knowledge they need, but not the heart. Sorry, I will get off my soapbox now
Of Course I would work! But let's straighten out the scenario a bit first. I work in Public Health. After 9/11, the government gave out a lot of money to set up emergency preparedness plans in each state and county. I am the first to admit, that it did not work well during Hurricaine Katrina..... However that was not all due to poor planning, but stupid politics or should I say politicians! There was help waiting to be let into the city, but the mayor did not want to authorize it and the govenor did not want to step on any toes so HE did not authorize help either.
Anyway a lot was learned from that fiasco. I know for a fact that in our county, we have an ample supply of PPE's because that is what we bought with some of the money and stockpiled it. We have a plan for dispensing antivirals, vaccine and PPE's, that includes making sure that the families of health care workers are amoung the first to receive vaccine (if available) or other prophylactic medications. The people that made the plans realize that nurses ( and ancillary support persons) will be concerned with the safety and health of their own families first. So that was written into the plan. While Public Health has been severely underpaid and understaffed, we continue to place the best interest of the community first. We all have our job to do in case of a Pandemic and we are willing to do it.
I can only hope and pray that others will feel the same way.
Your right you will catch some flack, but not for the reasons you think. As a nurse that got my degree after I was 40 and have continued to work for the last 20 years I can tell you that older nurses can be a little more reliable than the younger ones. Why? We don't have young children at home anymore. That translates into fewer call in days because of sick kids, school closing and so on. I feel that 20 years of a reliable work history can be as good as 30 years when the first 10 are unreliable. NO BLAME.... just FACT!
Congratulations!!! Hope you love it as much as I have. I did it almost the same, except I still had 3 children at home and I worked part time. but I had my license 3 years to the day of starting my first class! (and I was 43) NEVER TOO OLD if you really want it!!
I went into the nursing program right after I turned 40. Fully a third of my class was also over 40. It was the best thing I ever did. I had worked as a nurses aid for 23 years making no money (but loving the work).
Yes, I always liked helping the new kid on the block too. I also worked for 23 years as a nurse aide and I didn't forget that either. Much to the disapproval of other nurses. Even after I was an RN, I never felt too good to give a bed pan (or take it away). I was there to take care of my patients,no matter what they needed... or whose job it was supposed to be!
I worked at a small teaching hospital in our town after graduation (associate degree). It was a great experience for learning. I had heard that nursing "ate their young" and was a little nervous, but even the doctors at this hospital were into teaching. I had learned a lot in training, 24 hours a week in clinical, but nothing really prepares you for the real world. Two patients for 8 hours in not like 8 patients!
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