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  1. ginaw623

    ICU yuck

    Thanks for all the advise! Just to clarify: I handle all the things that go on in the ICU very well, but my responsibilities as a PCT (stocking, post-mortem care and taking bodies to the morgue, etc.) are what I don't like.
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    ICU yuck

    So I was interested in going back to school to pursue nursing...get my RN then maybe eventually my NP. I got a job as a Patient Care Tech at one of my local hospitals 2 months ago in the ICU. I am not a very big fan of this job. It is gross and depressing and I am dealing with death/dead bodies left and right. It is not at all what I want. It has actually discouraged me from nursing. I am so not into geriatrics or wiping old peoples asses to be blunt! I have always been interested in healthcare and the helping professions and especially children. My first degree was in teaching. Maybe this is just not the right setting for me? Maybe it is the duties of the Patient Care Tech that are disenchanting to me and not the duties of a nurse. Any advise? Should I try another setting before I make my decision? I know the settings and careers an RN can have are limitless, which is one thing keeping me interested.
  3. ginaw623

    ICU yuck

    So I was interested in going back to school to pursue nursing...get my RN then maybe eventually my NP. I got a job as a Patient Care Tech at one of my local hospitals 2 months ago in the ICU. I am not a very big fan of this job. It is gross and depressing and I am dealing with death/dead bodies left and right. It is not at all what I want. It has actually discouraged me from nursing. I am so not into geriatrics or wiping old peoples asses to be blunt! I have always been interested in healthcare and the helping professions and especially children. My first degree was in teaching. Maybe this is just not the right setting for me? Maybe it is the duties of the Patient Care Tech that are disenchanting to me and not the duties of a nurse. Any advise? Should I try another setting before I make my decision? I know the settings and careers an RN can have are limitless, which is one thing keeping me interested.
  4. ginaw623

    ICU yuck

    So I was interested in going back to school to pursue nursing...get my RN then maybe eventually my NP. I got a job as a Patient Care Tech at one of my local hospitals 2 months ago in the ICU. I am not a very big fan of this job. It is gross and depressing and I am dealing with death/dead bodies left and right. It is not at all what I want. It has actually discouraged me from nursing. I am so not into geriatrics or wiping old peoples asses to be blunt! I have always been interested in healthcare and the helping professions and especially children. My first degree was in teaching. Maybe this is just not the right setting for me? Maybe it is the duties of the Patient Care Tech that are disenchanting to me and not the duties of a nurse. Any advise? Should I try another setting before I make my decision? I know the settings and careers an RN can have are limitless, which is one thing keeping me interested.
  5. ginaw623

    I feel incompetent

    I had phlebotomy class today all day where we learned how to take blood specimens (butterfly, vacutainer, and blood cultures). Using fake arms of course not real ones lol. I felt like an idiot the entire day because I couldn't even tie the tourniquet correctly half the time. I was all nervous and my hands were shaking. I couldn't help but think "wow I can't do this on a person or I will kill them". Has anybody else ever felt incompetent when learning these skills? I just want to be a good nurse.
  6. ginaw623

    Buffalo/Rochester Nurses

    I'm in Rochester...Not a nurse yet, still a tech :)
  7. ginaw623

    Nurses who worked through school

    The support means a lot to me! Thanks everyone! I feel so much better :).
  8. ginaw623

    University of Rochester ABPNN Fall 2012

    I know that I am probably going to get a lot of discouraging feedback on this BUT...how do you all feel about working part-time during this program? If I don't work about 20 hours a week (probably mostly on weekends), then I cannot afford to go. And this is my dream, so I am willing to make it work for the year!
  9. ginaw623

    Nurses who worked through school

    NurseCard- good for you! I am thinking I will work Saturdays and Sundays (one 8 and one 12)...then I get my 20 hours in :).
  10. ginaw623

    Nurses who worked through school

    Positive experiences only please! I have heard a million times "you won't be able to handle that", or "that's too much work". I want to hear from those of you who did it and succeeded. I don't need discouragement because as nice as it would be to NOT work...it is just not a realistic option for me. I am not willing to accumulate another 60K in debt for my second degree.
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    Nurses who worked through school

    thanks everyone
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    Nurses who worked through school

    thanks to both of you...you are both inspiring :)
  13. ginaw623

    Nurses who worked through school

    Hello everyone. I would like to hear from any nurses who went to school full-time and worked part-time, worked full-time and went to school part-time, or did both full-time! I am wanting to enter an accelerated BSN program since I have a previous BS...but I need to work about 20 hours a week in my tech job, so that the hospital pays tuition. I am already in student loan debt from my first degree and I want to be smart this time around about finances. Any success stories about balancing work/nursing school at an intense pace? Keep in mind I have no children or other obligations to add into the mix :). I want to believe I can do this!!
  14. and also...did anyone/is anyone working part-time during this program?? is it possible?
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    Any Nurse Techs in RN nursing programs?

    Does anybody think it is possible to work 20 hours a week as a tech and attend a one-year accelerated BSN??
  16. Am I crazy to try to take on a 12-month accelerated BSN and work 20 hours a week? It is the minimum you can work at my hospital and receive the tuition benefits! Without them, the program is too expensive. Did anyone do it or is currently doing it and succeeding??