Glad to help out a student.
Okay here goes:
1. I entered because I thought I could make a difference. Also, my son was critically ill, and I watched the nurses quietly going about their jobs. I was impressed with their professionalism.
2. What I liek about being a nurse is helping. My favorite patient is the critically ill ones - or dying ones. They need us the most.
3. What I don't like is the total lack of respect some professions give us. Some people still believe we are only good for emptying bedpans.
4. NO WAY do I get paid for what I do.
5. I think some docs respect us, but some certainly don't, and I think some are threatened by us.
6. I think I was very prepared when I graduated.
7. Worst situation. 18 year old trauma - carotid out of anatomical position (midline). Carotid artery ruptured X2. Patched once. next time didn't hold
I was standing at the bedside - he threw his hands up and mouthed the words HELP ME, and blew the artery. I pulled his trach, reached down to hold the artery. Called for a surgeon stat. Surgeon came withing seconds, opened his chest right there in the unit.............All over in less than a minute. We were literally covered in blood head to toe. A handsom young man who never had a chance to experience life. This was 30+ years ago, I still think about him when he looked into my eyes.
8. Most rewarding..............seeing my critical patients to home, come back and see us in the unit.
9. New grad should not start in ER. I recommend a year of regular med surg...gets you organized, and introduces you to many things.
10. Leaving nursing????????????????Well, retiring, maybe, but I will NEVER LEAVE. I will ALWAYS BE A NURSE.
I am Female, age 60, Work as epidemiologist for health department. Background as critical care nurse, nursing instructor,
I am a hardway warrior..........LPN to ADN to BSN to Masters.
GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATS ON YOUR UPCOMING GRADUATION!@!!
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