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Nightnurse2002 DNP, RN

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    Nursing: Art vs Science

    thats exactly how I feel from the "undesirables" to having their back....i hate nights like last night but man I take pride in being a nurse. I absolutely still love it 11 years later!
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    1st Quarter 2011 Article Contest - Jan 1st - Mar 31st

    did i submit my article correctly?
  3. I figured being a native New Yorker this would be a cake walk! Working in a jail or a prison is not a cake walk, but it is an education within itself. You can learn a lot about how people think and the manipulative things that actually happen in everyday encounters. You have to constantly be on your toes and at any given time any medical situation can occur calling on you to have refined clinical skills at the drop of a hat! Correctional nursing is no different from any other field of nursing in the sense that you have to have a level of compassion for other human beings except in this case I don't want to know your story of how you got here. That in itself keeps me from being judgmental and altering my capabilities to be a good care provider. My path through nursing has taken me to places I never expected, I have gained experiences and wisdom that are invaluable and have only made me more passionate about nursing. Nursing is by no means pretty, you see every type of body fluid, injury and illness known to man. You perform treatments and procedures that others only see on T.V or read about in a book. You work long hours and these hours can be unpredictable at times. Sometimes the pay is lousy and who can forget our eating and sleeping habits! I have often been told I am misguided in regards to how I feel about nursing even if I am very realistic about it, but I became a nurse because I love others and no other career gives me the opportunity to be as close to others in their most difficult time of need. When a person is ill they are their most vulnerable, often times we mistake their anger when its really fear they are feeling. We sometimes forget that even the smallest measure of heartfelt goodness can go a long way to help that person. I feel passionate about nursing, at times I still get teary eyed and feel that overwhelming sensation of pride at being chosen for this career. My only hope is that others coming into nursing do so for the right reasons and those who are already in nursing that have lost that passion find some small measure of self containment and not speak discouraging words to those who will compliment the field, but speak words which will strengthen them. What I have found in my career as a nurse is that you have to stay fresh and not get comfortable. Never take your career for granted, (not everyone can do what we do) and always try to place yourself in your patients shoes, the feeling of having no control of your situation is a very difficult one! You need to constantly be learning in this ever changing field that we are in, because learning will help make you a better provider. Always practice like you just graduated nursing school and that means tread carefully and mindfully and never be too proud to ask for help when you don't know something. Never be afraid to show your patients that you too are only human, don't feel bad if you hold their hand or cry with them, there is no shame in those human actions that is what makes us unique. My best and last piece of advice is to vacation often, I find it is a necessity rather than a luxury! I still have an adventurous nature, I still scuba dive and travel as often as I can partly because it keeps me feeling recharged, mostly because it allows me to relax considering what I do for a living and it helps me to heal my mind and spirit so I can return to my patients and coworkers with a renewed sense. I feel that the best gift you can give to yourself and to others is to never harm another human and I believe these things I have described are a good beginning to a great career!
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    The University of Texas at Arlington

    Hello...I am also considering the RN to BSN with UTA and decided to check what others experience was before i commit....Anissa did you ever get resolve ...any improvement? Anyone else ever graduate from UTA? Thanks for any info
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    Does anyone enjoy nursing?

    See this is what i don't get...i am by no means knocking anyone but if someone hates nursing that much why not just silently leave? Why scare someone who may have that passion for it? Maybe the discipline you chose in the nursing field is not the best fit for you, maybe you need to do ortho instead of med/surg (just an example)...or maybe it's simply looking at the big picture...yeah nursing is sometimes (alot of time) grunt work...this is the time when people are at their worst so they will behave their worst...yes you will get hit, crapped on, ****** on etc etc...the flip side is not everyone will do that to you, you will get hugs, thank you's etc every now and then...there are alot of burnt out nurses around and their lousy attitudes are infectious and influence others and that's bad...there are many different disciplines in nursing maybe you just need to change things up a bit....
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    Does anyone enjoy nursing?

    Dear Jedimom09 (and anyone else this applies to) I love being a nurse m very passionate about it..having been an LPN for 9years and just raduating an LPN to RN program i am just putting this out there for you an anyone else considering the same thing...if you are going for the LPN why not just go straight for the RN...the reason i ask that is because the way they are phasing out the LPN kinda forces you in a way to go back for the RN anyways..nursing school has it's challenges (not going to lie about it)so if you are gonna do it you may wanna just go straight thru..there are two things i regret(in a small way)not following through when i was enrolled in nursing school at 18years old and not going right for my RN when i graduated LPN school 9 years ago...I believe GOD wanted me to do this and i believe some were born to be Nurses...when you are able to comfort those in their most difficult time, when someone is taking their last breath and you are with them holding their hand and smiling at them and you see them take comfort in having you there with them is truly priceless...I also believe there are alot of nurses out here for just the money and have no "heart" for nursing, my belief is they should'nt being doing this....if i were independently wealthy yeah i think i'd still be a nurse it gives me that much satisfaction even going thru the worst days! And no i am not "new" i have been around in different challenging areas of nursing and i still love it like i did when i was a candy striper at 13 and a CNA at 18...I wanna do this (bedside nursing) until i am too old to do it. Good luck hope this helps in a small way:D
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    1st Quarter 2011 Article Contest - Jan 1st - Mar 31st

    a fellow diver nurse:D
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    No jobs or nursing shortage-- Nursing isn't in demand!

    Hi I was an LPN fr 9 years (technically i still am) i just graduated from an LPN To RN program and take boards in 2 weeks...Originally from NYC I know that there are jobs available even as an LPN good jobs re there but it comes down to a willingness to make some sacrifices sometimes such as a longer commute, different shift etc. I went on for my RN because as we know we are limited to a certain degree so now i won't need to wait for the RN to give my iv push or hang my blood etc..Nursing is beautiful field yes there are some snobbish nurses out here who look down on LPNS or even RN's with associates degrees...but not everyone is that way so there is hope..If you love what you do and you are good at it hang in there...there are far too may people in the field just taking up space just wanting to make a buck.