I am a RN BSN I work in telemetry and bariatric surgery
1. i was 21 and hadnt taken many college credits, and my mom asked me what i was gonna do with my life and she told me she had connections to an LPN program so I got in and the more I did it the more I studied it, i found it intresting and saw lots of possibilities at the time
2. Money influenced YES, But personally i just wanted to do something and i was 21 without a degree at dead end jobs... and to do something good plusget paid well sounded GREAT!
3.coworkers other nurses, doctors, mostly just the hierarchy in the medical. field.
4. my specialty chose me. i work for the best hospital with the best benefits. so i was just happy to get in the door.
5.not very important its usally all done for you , just with some drips , there is a formula and if you know how to use a calculator you'll be fine
6. after LPN Nursing home and the day of graduation i had three offers as a GPN, not even licensed... it was 2002 and the jobs where endless, i would get hired in flip flops and shorts,
after RN Hospital nevers worked as a GN being that i was a LPN prior, but i was hired as a RN right away too. again 2005 and the jobs where everywhere too
7. i had a patient die in nursing school the fist time. i was in shock i had never been around that i looked around took it all in and said a quite little prayer in my head for the patient , and moved on.
as an LPN i was working at a nursing home and a coworker a nurse started crying when a patient had passed away, i asked her if she knew him how long had he been admitted here , 2 weeks .... so it shows everyone reacts differently, i keep it at work and professional. there is other things in nursing that will shock you much more than death! you will learn thaT! ;O)
8. like i said i work at the best hospital i get a nurse to patient ratio and i get a mandatory 1 1/2 break on a 12 hr shift. its non profit unionized hospital, they may not be as pretty but they treat their staff MUCH BETTER. you'll learn that too....
granted if your having a bad night you dont take the break, but for the most part you could.
9. when you do your rotation there be the best you can be , try to get connections with nurse managers and maybe even volunteer there. thats the best advice i can give you... jobs are far and few in between. goodluck
hope this helps
your lucky its a slow night for me!