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Currently a first year nursing student

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  1. muscadinewine

    Things that will look good on your resume?

    Have you joined the SNA? Also, if you can get one of your instructors to vouch that you are responsible, knowledgeable and hard working, it might help. Any volunteering or charity you have done, as well. That's about all I know. I wish you luck!
  2. eh, i think we have a bit of a misunderstanding here. though i probably should let this go, i like this place and don't wish to be misunderstood. allow me to explain myself further- no attacks to you. swords down. chances are, if she's a cna, then she already knows all about demented, elderly people and incontinence. i think you are a bit confused- i am not the op and did not talk to the cna. the people i talk to are college students, some dissatisfied with their current majors, many scared for their future financial situation in this crazy economy. they have no healthcare experience and many are drawn by the promise of easy bucks and security, a very few by the need to care and be needed. i have talked at length with several of them. they explained their motives and perceptions. sometimes the motives of a good nurse (i.e. caring) but more often than not, the perceptions have been off. one girl hoped to meet a doctor, one guy thought it was a cushy job- "answer a few call lights, fetch a few sodas, to the tune of 60k!". who here would agree? keep in mind that many people still have only a vague idea of what nurses do. what say's more is that you think someone being exposed to all these 'horrible conditions' would turn them away from the profession. i don't care either way what they do. they ask me what i know. i tell them. i also tell them good things since i know good things as well- the feeling you get when you've helped the patient relax, when you finally get them to open up and tell you how to help them- it's amazing. to some, it is not enough. i am not a recruiter and i do not respect recruiters' methods of hyping people up or playing to vanity and emotion. this job is great if its for you, but it's not to be entered into lightly. the choice should be made with a list of pros and cons in mind, ruminated over for some time, then decided. in the midst of excited peers, soda, cookies, music, and smiling models on posters and brochures is not a good way to form a decision upon such a career that taxes mind, body and spirit on a daily basis. if i am being asked to skirt around the fact that its often dirty, and occassionally abusive and mentally scarring, sorry but i am no liar, not even by omission. who's to say that the promise of 'easy money' is propelling their choice? about 18 of the 23 or so people have mentioned it by name. i did not pull it out of my hat. it's one good thing, but as i have said many times, not by itself. never alone is it enough. i say this to them. whether they believe me or not is their decision. further more, who made you the 'exposing angel of nursing'? that's bit much, but as i said, i simply tell what i know when asked. it's not a personal mission or anything. other than that, my 1st amendment rights let me say what i wish and i intend to use them to speak my reality as long as my tongue is free. if i am the sole person those students consult, then they are fools or not serious. if they are relatively sure in their heart of hearts that they want to give this a try, my accounts of the hard side of reality should not be all that dissuasive. i don't believe i have that much pull at any rate. it seems like the money was your motivating factor and it was you who got the dose of reality. that's a pretty hefty insult there- one which i must say is mighty offbase. i did get a dose of reality- but who here hasn't? who here remains unsurprised or unshaken by what they have seen or felt in this course of work? i went in for the right reason- because i wish to care for others, though admittedly, my feelings and thoughts about it all are a bit complicated at this point. i still love this job, what i have seen of it. but my love is not blind. i dissect everything i encounter- good, bad, neutral. it's my nature just as it is the nature of others to ignore the bad and focus on the good. i simply have a different way of relating to life than perhaps many here do. i have not fully reconciled my feelings yet about some things, but so far the rewards have outweighed the pain of the frustrations and ********. there are no stars in my eyes, but my intentions were and are the right ones. i hope i have clarified and de-demonized myself.
  3. I can't say I blame you. Recruiters spread enough misinformation - why should we? I hear people talking about and I just tell them what I know- all about healthy, normal babies and nice, undemented, eldery people with bowel and bladder control? Occassionally, but you'll also see a lot of people in states you'll never forget- in a bad way. Helping people to help themselves? Yeah and the people who seem to think getting well is a magical process they don't have to participate in. Did I mention some of them spit at and/or curse you? And they're not mental patients? Easy money? If you consider physical pain and raw nerves a good tradeoff for only money. Like I said, I just tell them what I know- many discourage themselves.
  4. muscadinewine

    What would you do, if you were in my shoes.....

    Well, after your first semester, I think you can get certified as a CNA without the training period- if you can ride out the rest of the time with Mr. Understanding. I don't know what billers make but most CNAs get about $20,000 to $25,000 a year.
  5. muscadinewine

    Whats the deal with all the crying?!?!....

    I think nursing school, and any training/ job that requires a lot of discipline and in which you carry the knowledge that a right or wrong move could spell the difference between life and death, it breaks you down and you have to build yourself back up, stronger, to get through it. That's not a pleasant process. Your concept of you changes, or at least it did for me, as far as how much misery (being constantly ill from stress, sleep deprived, aching body, knowledge that not knowing what I should, or zoning out could result in the patient's death or injury- and don't forget the legal issues on top of the moral ones for this. Then there's one's own life-disease exposure: one mucous membrane of yours plus the body fluid of a Hep C patient could make you one. There's also the inability to escape stress in normal ways on the job. A nurse at work or nursing student during clinical can't go on autopilot during great stress like your body is built and programmed to do because it results in deadly errors.) I could live through for a goal. Anytime I hear someone say someone is "just a nurse", or "just go to nursing school if you want easy money", I have to count to ten and remind myself that they are just ignorant and need an easy kick in the mouth. They don't freaking KNOW what you tolerate after you get that acceptance letter. So that's my rant- I'd look at the whole "nursing school" mental/emotional/physical strain package, not the singular event for the crying. :oornt: For the record,I cry spontaneously, at least once a week. Me breaking down at dinner or in a store is hardly cause for anyone's concern anymore LOL
  6. muscadinewine

    Men in Nursing

    The only job in which gender is a relevant factor is gamete donation. Even prostitution is iffy.
  7. muscadinewine

    only in nursing school

    No kidding, msdeannah! One of my instructors is habitually late (by 20 mins) and because, you know, according to him, he's just human and life happens, but you show up one second past class start time, you are dog meat. Dog meat needs his advice on time management to add insult to injury.
  8. muscadinewine

    Who else is having fun with school supplies?

    If you include shoes and textbooks, then I enjoy being broke as well.
  9. muscadinewine

    Close to quitting...need advice!

    Oh my god, you could be me. Clinical intimidates me too, but it's also because I'm a big-time introvert along with the lack of confidence and small talk sucks out my energy and shreds my nerves. Also it's 8:00 in the morning and I'm not even awake until 1:00 pm. Anyway, to deal with it, I'm seeing a psychologist and we're working on it. A lot of people, maybe including your instructors will tell you to just "believe in yourself" or "cowboy up", but that's usually from people don't understand what it's like to have that chronic void of basic self-confidence-they may just be assuming it's in this one area and not know. If lack of confidence has been a theme of your life, you might need outside help to develop it. Maybe your school has a counselor you can see weekly? Or if you have private insurance, you could call some private psychologists and see if they take it and how much your copay might be. My last choice would be the state mental health center. No insult meant to the employees' capabilities, but the management tends to want you in and out ASAP. When we both get our RNs, we'll be dealing with a lot of emotionally and mentally trying crap everyday. But we've got to have the inner fortitude to get there, much less deal with it.
  10. muscadinewine

    family is too grossed out to hear about my clinicals

    LOL, I know- my sister who is a premed takes upon herself to inform me of basic immunology (telling me with such -authority- about the different types of immunoglobulins and what they do...all so far stuff I learned in A&PII, but she believes "most nurses are stupid because you don't have to be all that smart to be one". Thanks, hypothetical med student.) and I usually go something like..."Yeah, last Friday I saw a guy with a hole in his leg you could stick your middle finger into. Guess he doesn't have enough of them there ABCs you was talkin' 'bout" Then she blanches and stops talking to me. None of my non-nursing friends can even get through "Today I saw.." anymore LOL.
  11. muscadinewine

    better term for "saggy eldery" skin?

    Maybe "lacking turgor" or "inelastic" is good as CrunchyMama said. I got the image, but I'm not sure either. Nursing ought to require a minor in creative writing.
  12. muscadinewine

    CNA class ASAP!

    Are there any technical/vocational centers close enough to drive daily? I'd also check with every nursing home in the phonebook. They sometimes have CNA training.
  13. muscadinewine

    can anyone plz help me? Am I made for nursing?

    Hi, myviefolle07 Just wanted to let you know you're far from alone in feeling this way. I'm in first semester (and also new to the boards- hello all) and the same question crosses my mind a lot too. I agree: learning new skills gets frustrating and sometimes you just don't get them as quickly as you'd like(me and occupied bed-making are still struggling) but I find it helps to remind yourself of your reason for going into the field and ask " Do I hate (bad skill) or am I just unskilled at (bad skill)? And I am I going to let (bad skill) get between me and my degree?" It makes your weaknesses seem like obstacles to overcome (which is what they are) rather than eternal failings (what they seem like). It sounds likes you had a bad day, but that you really enjoy it otherwise?