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My Beloved Nursing Students

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by Esme12 Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN (Moderator) Nurse

Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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As a long time nurse and educator I want to be sure that the touch is handed over to the next generation with the same wish it was handed to me. I was graced with loving mentors who never failed to help me become the best nurse I could be...so to my beloved students. Here is what I share. You are reading page 3 of My Beloved Nursing Students. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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With 35 years of experience, you should be grandfathered in. I may take you up on the PM thing over the next couple of years. :up:

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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I am always here. ((HUGS))

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Very inspiring! Thank you :) I am hoping to start a BSN program this fall and I am very excited and honored to be pursuing a rewarding career and to have the opportunity to work with compassionate individuals. I am very excited for nursing school and whatever lies ahead.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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A word of caution....nurses are not always compassionate to each other. Nurses work in a stressful environment. We have many tasks and very little time. We are responsible for everything...but we actually have very little control. This leads to frustration and fatigue.

If the patients lunch doesn't arrive in time...it's your fault.

If lab has to re-draw because the tube clotted...it's your fault.

If the CT scanner breaks...it's your fault.

If the MD hasn't made rounds your....it's your fault.

If the patient isn't happy because their room is hot/cold......its your fault.

If the family calls and you took too long to get to the phone...its your fault.

If you can't get out on time after 4 discharges, 3 admits, one post op and 2 codes (one to heaven and one to ICU), then ask the ED to hold the last admit because you are overwhelmed AND it's 1740...it's your fault.

So....nurses aren't always compassionate with their co-workers and they don't always have time to have inspiring speeches with the students or new grad. Here is my favorite poem by Melodie Chenevert RN,BSN,MN.

Being A Nurse Means…

You will never be bored.

You will always be frustrated.

You will be surrounded by challenges,

So much to do and so little time.

You will carry immense responsibility And limited authority.

You will step into people’s lives

And you will make a difference

Some will bless you,

Some will curse you.

You will see people at their worst

And at their best.

You will never cease to be amazed

At people’s capacity for Love, courage, and endurance.

You will experience resounding triumphs

And devastating failures.

You will cry a lot,

You will laugh a lot,

You will know what it is to be human,

And to be humane.

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this is the best post i've ever read..... thank you esma :)

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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You are very welcome...I LOVE helping!

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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I was thinking that I need to revisit this today.

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cinlou has 37 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Emergency and Critical Care.

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Alas...I am not "allowed" to officially teach any more as I do not have a masters. But I am always here to help PM me any time :up:

Esme12, I have a similar background to yours with about the same number of years, I headed back to school at the age of 50 for my BSN, something I always wanted to do for myself. Once I finished my BSN, I thought I might as well keep going and I went on for my MSN with a focus on education, it took me a bit over 3 years to do both. I did it all on line through the Grand Canyon University, I went every day except for holidays. I Loved every minute of it. I knew I couldn't physically keep working in the ER to retirement and I needed to give myself some other options. My goal was to teach on line on my lap top at the beach. I didn't make it to the beach I ended up taking a position as director of a practical nurse program, and I Love it. You sound like you should be teaching, you should go for it, you are never to old, as a matter of fact I think you are at the perfect age to be doing it. My worse class was statistics because I had not been in school for many years, but I went through it and you tube has amazing videos to help you role through it. I ended up with an over all GPA 3.95, but for my MSN I had a 4.0. If I can do it you can too. Obviously it wasn't for the money because in academics it is a significant cut in pay from clinical, but it has thus far been very rewarding. I'm tossing around going on for my Doctorate. Since it is considered the terminal degree I may die before I ever pay off my student loans :) but I Love being a student, I Love learning and I love passing on what I have spent many years learning. I needed to give back. You offer such wonderful advise to so many here on this site, and you obviously have so much to offer, it is unfortunate that the states require the degrees in lieu of experience, but such as it is, and you and I have seen many changes over our years. You are greatly needed.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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Esme12, I have a similar background to yours with about the same number of years, I headed back to school at the age of 50 for my BSN, something I always wanted to do for myself. Once I finished my BSN, I thought I might as well keep going and I went on for my MSN with a focus on education, it took me a bit over 3 years to do both. I did it all on line through the Grand Canyon University, I went every day except for holidays. I Loved every minute of it. I knew I couldn't physically keep working in the ER to retirement and I needed to give myself some other options. My goal was to teach on line on my lap top at the beach. I didn't make it to the beach I ended up taking a position as director of a practical nurse program, and I Love it. You sound like you should be teaching, you should go for it, you are never to old, as a matter of fact I think you are at the perfect age to be doing it. My worse class was statistics because I had not been in school for many years, but I went through it and you tube has amazing videos to help you role through it. I ended up with an over all GPA 3.95, but for my MSN I had a 4.0. If I can do it you can too. Obviously it wasn't for the money because in academics it is a significant cut in pay from clinical, but it has thus far been very rewarding. I'm tossing around going on for my Doctorate. Since it is considered the terminal degree I may die before I ever pay off my student loans :) but I Love being a student, I Love learning and I love passing on what I have spent many years learning. I needed to give back. You offer such wonderful advise to so many here on this site, and you obviously have so much to offer, it is unfortunate that the states require the degrees in lieu of experience, but such as it is, and you and I have seen many changes over our years. You are greatly needed.
Thanks you....

Unfortunately...the cards are not in my favor. I am disabled from an auto-immune disorder. My daughter is going into a BSN program in the fall and my son will be in college next fall. I have a BSN and there is not enough room in the budget for more debt. My disability has progressed to the point I need a wheelchair. People don't want a nurse in a wheelchair. I can walk only a few feet without assistance. The wheels that have become a necessary evil for me has somehow affected my ability to process intelligent thought..it is what it is. I had an educator position...until I needed assistance with walking. I have, begrudgingly, come to terms with this...sigh

I know people make the right noises but when it comes to the bottom line...I "am over qualified", "not enough experience", "Not enough education", and they have "found a better candidate". Taking on debt for me...with no real chance that anyone would hire me...is not a reality until they are taken care of...so....I help online. I volunteer at a sim lab, with the approval of the school, to help the students run through scenarios and critically think.

I spend my time here helping. I love this community! It suits me.

Good for you! The profession NEEDS good teachers like us!

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cinlou has 37 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Emergency and Critical Care.

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Thanks you....

Unfortunately...the cards are not in my favor. I am disabled from an auto-immune disorder. My daughter is going into a BSN program in the fall and my son will be in college next fall. I have a BSN and there is not enough room in the budget for more debt. My disability has progressed to the point I need a wheelchair. People don't want a nurse in a wheelchair. I can walk only a few feet without assistance. The wheels that have become a necessary evil for me has somehow affected my ability to process intelligent thought..it is what it is. I had an educator position...until I needed assistance with walking. I have, begrudgingly, come to terms with this...sigh

I know people make the right noises but when it comes to the bottom line...I "am over qualified", "not enough experience", "Not enough education", and they have "found a better candidate". Taking on debt for me...with no real chance that anyone would hire me...is not a reality until they are taken care of...so....I help online. I volunteer at a sim lab, with the approval of the school, to help the students run through scenarios and critically think.

I spend my time here helping. I love this community! It suits me.

Good for you! The profession NEEDS good teachers like us!

Well Esme12, you just reconfirmed to me and others that one can have a career as a nurse or they ARE A NURSE. And YOU my dear one are a NURSE and an EDUCATOR. No matter the challenge you still find a way to teach others. Thank you for offering that personal information to us here, you just poor out what being a NURSE is all about. Thank you

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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There have been some posts that I think this needs to be revisited....Once again....To my beloved nursing students.

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