Can't let it go! - page 2
A couple of months ago (before I started school) everyone was asking me what I wanted to do for a living. Several people had the same response. "Just a nurse? You're not going to go to medical... Read More
Sep 22, '07Occupation: Paramedic Specialty: 23 year(s) of experience in EMS, Peds Cardiology, ER, PICU, IV Jedi ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 1,083; Likes: 466Hey Serendipity,
I'm with others here...don't let it get to you. We all do things for our own reasons. My brother is an attorney, and that works wonderful for him. But I chose to become a paramedic because like you, I enjoy helping others when they need help the most. I enjoy making a difference in the lives of others. Something my brother in law, who makes a living as a salesman, can't say.
Just let it go, you're going to be a nurse. You're assessment skills and compassion are going to be used to save lives, to make lives better. In my mind there's not much better than that. Sure, we're not going to cure cancer..but you know what? We're going to give our patients the best care we can when they're dealing with their cancer.
Don't waste time worrying about what others think. Work to please yourself, because in the end YOU are the only one you have to answer to.
All the best,
Sep 24, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Emergency Nursing ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 117; Likes: 171I'm probably not the best one to answer this, because I'm currently struggling whether "just nursing" will be enough for me. Although, I've dreamed of being a surgeon for as long as I can remember...However, it's COMPLETELY inappropriate for ANYONE to be treating you like this. Nursing has done a complete 180 in the past decade, it's no longer the quick in and out profession of those who couldn't get into a "real college" as it has been perceived in the past. It's increasingly science based instead of "feelings based" and while good listening and compassion certainly remain integral parts of the profession, intense anatomical, pharamacological and general scientific knowledge is becoming necessary...
Anyone who wants to call you "just a nurse," should spend some time in an ACTUAL hospital instead of the ones they see on TV...And you get kudos for biting your tongue and not telling them where to stick it.
Sep 24, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Emergency Nursing ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 117; Likes: 171Quote from CSTwannabeNot knocking your choice, but I have to second the notion, at least in my area, it's MUCH easier to secure a job as a first assist in the corporate hospitals as an RN or PA than as a scrub tech...You have to be the one who'd happy with your decision, and you should be proud of all of your hard work, I just wanted to clarify that there are a lot of RN First Assists, and that at least around here, it's more likely that first assists are RNs or PAs than scrub techs.LOL I get the same thing but reversed...I am starting a surgical tech program, and all the pre-nursing students in my Biology and Math classes want to know why I want to be "just a tech" and not a nurse!!!
Again, totally different job! I don't want to be a circulating nurse in the OR, I want to scrub in during the surgery!
AT first, I felt as though I had to justify my choice to them, but I made my choice an I am proud of it. People are funny. Just let it go.
Good Luck, in whatever you decide, though!
Sep 28, '07Joined: Apr '07; Posts: 247; Likes: 122Well, that's kinda the plan. 2yr ST degree, then work on CFA cert and BS in Biology while I work, then PA school. I live close to a very good medical university with a PA program. The other choice would be CST-RN-NP. (at my school, the only dif between ST and 2yr RN is the core classes and A&PII) It's too early for me to commit to one or the other yet.
I've thought this out with the advice of many professionals whom I trust; thanks for the advice, and I can see the logic from your point of view.Last edit by HeatherB,CST on Sep 28, '07 : Reason: fixing a typo
Sep 28, '07Occupation: Director of Health Care Services Specialty: Home Health, Geriatrics ; Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 176; Likes: 122I'd far rather be a nurse than asking "Would you like fries with that?" Be proud of your decision. Nursing is not for the faint of heart and those that question it don't understand it. Proud of you for your decision!