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  1. I hear you, because I had some misconceptions about nursing as well. I had my own doubts prior to taking the plunge. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I really think you just don't know until you see what nurses really do all day. What are you basing your opinion of the functions of a nurse on? Have you actually been able to be in a hospital shadowing a nurse? If you haven't, it might be a good idea to do that a few times. I also may have a different perspective. My clinical rotation is currently at a large teaching hospital, and I also work there on the weekends. The nurses are constantly learning, and there is a lot of collaborative care going on in this environment. Good luck in your career choice. Not everyone can or should be a nurse or a lawyer, so it's great that we all make different choices.
  2. I'm INTJ as well. I'm wrapping up my first year of nursing school. I may not be a nurse yet, but I can tell you that you use analytical skills, creative thinking, and intuition as a bedside nurse. Nursing is challenging, and nurses are always learning. This is what drew me to nursing. I thought about law school before, but really liked the sciences and the medical field. My dream is to be a Neuro Nurse. Good luck to you.
  3. mfrancisco

    Direct entry Master of Science in Nursing programs

    Again, this solidifies why I chose to go the ADN route. I already have a BA, and the ADN made much more sense to me. In my second semester, and loving it so far. Not to mention, I won't be in debt when I graduate. I also work as a Unit Clerk 16 hours a week, and probably would not have been able to do that in an MSN program due to the extra classes and classes being year round. I know where you are coming from. i was really torn at first, but got good advice from nurse friends. Good luck to you!
  4. mfrancisco

    What makes you irritated by student nurses?

    I am almost done with my second semester of nursing school, and I have learned so, so much, and I credit the nurses that I have had during clinicals with this. Sure, everyone has different personalities, and some nurses are not warm and fuzzy, but who cares? As long as I am learning something, it's fine. Every nurse I have had has been willing to teach, and has thanked me for all of my help at the end of the shift. I probably am sticking my foot in my mouth, and will have a bad experience this week. (Hopefully not, ha ha) My first semester I was in a rehab hospital, and the nurses were a bit less willing to teach, but I never had anyone blatantly mistreat me. These nurses were SUPER busy, and had some really acute patients with TONS of meds. As students, we have to remember that it's not all about us. A nurse may not be in a good mood due to other things or may just be plain busy. I will never forget the time that I had a nurse that I felt was annoyed right away in the morning when she saw that she had a student. At the end of the day she asked me why I had to leave and was very thankful for all of my help. She was really overwhelmed that day. She had a patient that was really going downhill (that patient died by the time I was back the following week), and all of her patients were on trachs, multiple IVS, etc., so it wasn't me. She just didn't need one added thing (such as a student). I made sure to just do what I needed to do to help, and not bother her with unnecessary questions. etc. I could also see why we were a bit of a burden at first since we couldn't administer meds until the last few weeks of the semester, or do anything else really except for ADLs, hygeine, and vitals. I guess what I am trying to say is that I hear what everyone is saying. I have heard from others in my class that they haven't had such great experiences. My clinical group has happened to have gotten lucky, I guess, with our placements. However, I also do agree that some students do questions nurses in front of patients (why would you do that?), and ask a ton of questions that are either irrelevant or not appropriate at that point in time. Also, please, please, when a nurse asks you to perform a skill, say YES, even though you may be scared. How else can we learn. Thank you to all of the nurses out there who are willing to teach us students. I appreciate you taking the time out during your busy day to give me information.
  5. You can't change people. Nobody will ever REALLY get what we are going through. That's why I love my nursing school classmates so much. They're the only ones that truly get it. My husband is very understanding and so are my parents, but I do feel like they think I am dramatic. Believe me, there are others in my class who really stress. I am usually a pretty laid back person, so I think they know it must be pretty time consuming. Just let go trying to convince everyone that it's hard and time consuming. You just have to learn to say no to a lot of events. it's hard, but I just say no to pretty much everything now. Looking forward to summer.
  6. mfrancisco

    unit secretary?

    I'm a unit secretary. I am in my second semester of nursing school. I work Saturdays and Sundays for a total of 16 hours a week. It's a great way to get your foot in the door at a hospital, especially if you are interested in possibly working there after graduation. I transcribe orders from the charts, help with admitting and discharges, answer the phone, answer the call light phone from the patient, call/fax x-ray and ultrasound requests, page the nurses when they are needed by patients, docs, pharmacy, the lab, etc. Basically, you are there to assist in making sure the unit runs smoothly. A great unit secretary is really appreciated. You work side by side with the charge nurse. I work in a busy unit, and the day goes by fast. It can get crazy at times, but you really get to hear a lot by being at the front desk. You may not be in patient's rooms like a CNA, but you can hear a lot of conversations going on between the nurses and doctors, the nurses with other nurses, etc. You also get to see a lot in the charts. It really helps to know how a hospital unit runs. I also started noticing that I can identify with a lot of examples that my instructors give in class because I witness it at work. It is hard to work on weekends because it cuts into my study time. However, in this economy, the first people to get jobs out of nursing school are the ones who already work in a hospital. Good luck.
  7. mfrancisco

    Sonoma State Fall 2011

    I applying to SSU for a second bachelor's. Good luck!
  8. mfrancisco

    nursing specialties

    I am going into my second semester. I am interested in Neuro and/or Oncology. I am interested in working with patients with brain tumors. I am very excited to be doing my Neuro rotation in the second half of this upcoming semester.
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    What's a good reason to quit nursing school?

    This is so, so great!!! I started off reading this thinking that it was recent, too! I am starting my second semester of nursing school next week. I started off my first semester absolutely HATING clinicals for the first month. I really started questioning whether it was right for me. We did our first semester - at a really tough Acute Care Rehab - lots of Neuro, wounds, some onc, etc...There is one sentence that the OP had in her last post that summed it up - not knowing what you are doing really amplifies the situation. By far I still do not know what I am doing, but at least I am progressing. I am really nervous the night before clinicals, but so are the other students. We have a great support system, and I learned A LOT during my first semester. I was improving every week, and my instructor was very encouraging, and kept telling me that I was doing great. I think that helped a lot because I felt like a complete idiot.:-) Also, once I was approved to pass meds and do subcutaneous injections, it got to be more interesting. I know, the things that make us happy, right? I just started feeling more useful, and I also had some really awesome nurses that let me follow them around and help them out. I am so proud of you, OP! Congrats on sticking it through, and thank you for coming back to respond! What an inspiration. The anxiety is building for me already, and I still have another week of vacation before I go back. :-) This post made my day!
  10. Hi Neuro Nurses! I am going into my second semester of nursing school. I will be doing 4 weeks of Peds, 4 weeks of Med-Surg, and then 8 weeks of Neuro. I wanted to know if any of you have any advice for my Neuro rotation. Are there any books I should read or anything specific that I should learn about prior to the rotation? I am on winter break until Jan 24th, so I have time to read. I will be prepping for med-surg also. I am very interested in neuro for a career, so I really want to make sure that I make the most out of this clinical experience. I am very excited, and look forward to any advice that anyone may have for me. Thank you so much! allnurses has really helped me through my pre-reqs and now nursing school!
  11. mfrancisco

    Accepted into NS and scared!

    You can't give medications until you pass the appropriate exam. After that, you cannot give meds without your instructor. My instructor makes us tell her what the meds are, what they are for, and the side effects, or else we cannot give the medications. Also, the nurse assigned to the patient has to open the place where the meds are stored and has to sign off that she checked it. It is the RN's patient and his/her license is on the line, so they are going to make sure that, if you are the one giving the meds, that they were given. All of the meds are listed on the medication administration record, and the time that they should be given is listed. Nothing is guaranteed, and I know mistakes can be made, but being that you are a student, people are watching you, and there is a limit to what you can do. Don't worry. They ease you into things in school. It's good to be scared, and I know how you feel. I gave meds and a subcutaneous shot for the first time a few weeks ago, and I was really nervous, and checked like a hundred times. My instructor was quite amused. You'll be okay!!! Good luck to you!
  12. This thread is making me nervous. I am an INTJ also. Before I even clicked on the link to take the test, I knew I was an INTJ. I could tell just by reading all of your posts. I am wrapping up my first semester of nursing school.
  13. mfrancisco

    Accepted into NS and scared!

    Don't worry. I am in my first semester of nursing school. I can't speak for all nursing schools out there, but we really were not able to do much more than CNA work in our first semester. I have two more weeks of clinicals left, and I barely was able to give my first shot last week (subcutaneous in the abdomen). I also can give out PO (by mouth) meds, but have only been approved for that a few weeks ago. For the first month or so, we did a lot of hygiene, etc. as they eased us into everything. I also had to give the shot and the meds with my instructor and it had to be double checked by the nurse. This, I know, is the standard practice in all nursing schools. Don't worry. You have a skills lab where you learn the skills that you will be using in clinicals. It is good to be scared. I am scared every week when I do my clinical, but I always leave feeling great. It is a weird feeling. I am usually a calm person, but nursing school has brought out some anxiety in me! You really can kill someone, even by just putting the head of a bed down on someone who is on a feeding tube and is on aspiration precautions. However, you will be on the look out for this, because they will hammer it into you in class. Safety comes first. Good luck to you, and congratulations on getting into nursing school!!! It's good to have some fear. It will make you more careful. Just don't let your fear paralyze you. Always ask and offer to do anything you can while you are at the hospital. You will learn a lot.
  14. mfrancisco

    what is nursing school like?

    I am in my first semester, and I work 16 hours per week: 8 hours on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. That is more than enough for me. It really cuts out some of my studying time. I would recommend no more than twenty hours a week. It is virtually impossible to work full-time, in my opinion. There are a few students in my class that are working 30 hours a week right now, and every single one of them are in the process of cutting their hours down to 20 or less or are quitting if they cannot do that. It's tough, but I would say to take out loans to cover the remainder of the money that you need and work part-time. I am in class every day of the week except for Tuesdays, but I have to go into the hospital to pre-lab on my patient that I have for my clinical day on Wednesdays. Good luck to you. Look into loans, grants, etc.
  15. mfrancisco

    to nurse or not to nurse?

    I do understand what you are saying, but I think that the pre-reqs are A LOT to go through to then change your mind. I would first volunteer or shadow some nurses first before even starting the pre-reqs. If you have your degree already, you can finish off your pre-reqs pretty quickly. I finished mine in a year, but I wasn't working. I am in my first semester of nursing school, and all I can tell you is that don't do it if it's just something to do for the stability. Like one of the previous posters stated, it is obvious in school who is going into nursing just for a job because they hate clinicals. It will be a long two years for you if that's what you want to do it for. Also, the lack of nursing jobs out there is pretty scary. There are people who graduated over a year ago in the SF Bay Area who are still unemployed. Not sure about other parts of the country, but I think it's bad everywhere. If you like your current field of work, try to build your skills and network, etc. to strengthen your current resume. If you like healthcare/nursing, then by all means, go for it. Nursing is a really great field, and it's very interesting as well. You are always learning, and there are many fields you can go into. It's not for everyone, though.