JBMmom, MSN, RN 10,055 Views
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I have more than one coworker that I'm amazed that they got through school. I really like them, but marvel at their cluelessness.
I'm hoping for a quick decline and demise, if not a sudden one. When I'm too old to work, my plan is to refuse everything and let nature take its course. I am open to norcos and percocts, though.
Dear "Too Old"...
Is 54 too old to get a Doctor Degree? Lets examine what I am have in my life and then you decide. AT 17 I joined the US Army to get the GI Bill to go back to school. I served from Vietnam to 4 tours in Afghanistan, in 32 years I rose from Private and retired as a Major. Within my 32 years while being in the military at night I earned my BA in Political Science and my Masters in Business. After leaving active duty, but staying in the Army Reserves, I was hired as Federal Law Enforcement Officer (Civil Service) I was sent back to school and was trained to be a Special Agent, Interrogator, then was trained to give Polygraphs and served 20 years a a Special Agent. Two years before my second retirement as a Special Agent I used my Vacation Time to go back to school to learn to be a RN. After four years I graduated with Honors from University of Southern Maine as a RN (BSN). Then I returned back to graduate school and in three and a half years graduated with honors as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Then I returned back to school at 65 for my Doctor of Nursing Practice.... So in retrospect looking at my back ground compared to your background....I think you should pick up the pace quit being lazy and get that doctor degree.... =)
You know when you're too old? When you're dead! That's it! Went back to get my RN at 57, ADN at 59, BSN at 60 (accelerated program). Starting FNP this fall, I work 32 hours a week, and I'm hoping to be done with school by the time I die, but I won't be done learning until at least that time. You are never ever EVER too old, and shame on anyone too stupid to think you might be.
My wife, she almost got away!
But wait, what words did she use, and the context? That would factor into my opinion.
Did she say something like "It's a damn fine department and you'd be hella lucky to work here" or did she say "The position is vacant because the previous nurse was a no-talent assclown mother ******" ?
Yes nursing has its problems, but for a little perspective...I still remember working at McDonald's for $5 an hour, getting covered in grease for minimum wage, I remember cleaning people's toilets for $3 where the cost of the train ride home barely made it worth going to work. I remember being a motorcycle courier risking my life in the rain and the cold to deliver parcels for $1.50 each and having a serious accident that put me in hospital for weeks. Compared to all of that, nursing is amazing. It's given me two degrees, a six figure income, respect and comparably good working conditions...oh and 4 days off a week! Sometimes, it's all in your perspective and your attitude. Feeling entitled won't get you where you need to be. You can do anything in nursing...make it work for you.
It makes me chuckle when people bust out the axiom "if it wasn't charted, it wasn't done." Because I've been around enough to know that "just because it was charted doesn't mean it was done..."
How do you like the change? I have same experience med/oncology and very burned out. I'm about to start my ICU position in a week. I'm excited and nervous.
I get what you've saying, that you shouldn't need compliments to do your job. However, compliments in nursing are very minimal so I would accept the compliment and feel good about the situation, instead of wondering why you were given one.
Thank you everyone. Your answers really helped. I am the bread winner of the family and my wife is also taking prerequisites for nursing.
Because of my own bouts within the mental health system is why I am leaning towards psych. As a occupational therapy assistant I was lead wrongly to believe I could work in psych. There are no jobs there with my degree, only in skilled nursing facilities.
Understandable situation. Appropriate feelings.
It is good that you're re-evaluating the situation and looking for ways to gain a new perspective, Dawneibals. A sign of good mental health and a desire to grow. Kudos to you!
Sour Lemon's advice was gold: Illicit help. Be an example of one willing to do grunt work for the benefit of the patient.
Hey Dawneibals- keep on keeping on!
Really??? There are very few posts that drive me to actually take the time to respond, but this one struck such a chord that I just cannot shake it off. It's clear from the number and types of responses, starting at the very beginning and continuing on through 5 pages worth, that the single "most pressing issue in nursing today" is exactly the same as it has been for the last 45+ years that I have been a Registered Nurse: the inability for nurses to get along with each other, as evidenced by the ongoing competition amongst nurses to always be "right", the continued lack of compassion and consideration for colleagues, the persistent bullying of younger and/or weaker colleagues, and the rampant defensiveness and dishonesty should anyone dare to challenge motives that are clearly self serving and intended to fit a personal agenda, regardless of whether it's a need for a graduate level research topic or just a plain old desire to stir up trouble. The original post asked a question, for whatever reason, the asker obviously doesn't want to hear an honest answer, but rather wants to continue to bait the audience. The audience takes the bait, as I acknowledge I myself did, and the bickering continues. And in the end, it's all just like arguing with a teenager: you both get dirty and the teenager loves it.
Folks who enter nursing for no other reason than financial security usually make lousy nurses.
I did 2 years of private duty nursing and now going on 3 years LTC. Boy are you right about needing excellent time management skills and assessment skills. I have learned so much working in this environment!
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