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  1. NurseAngie

    Please don't judge me and my daughter

    I really miss any point you're making because it's you making all the judgement. Nurses, like any one else, can not be all things to all people. Certainly you have "missed the mark" of meeting patient expectation at some point in your career, so I would expect you to be understanding and show some tolerance for others. It is not their job to engage YOU in distracting conversation. I have a really hard time believing they allowed a suicidal patient to go home. It sounds to me like the nurse's "cold" eyes were assessing eyes and you didn't like it one bit, although it is exactly what she is responsible for. I'm thinking a fake smile would have been totally inappropriate in this situation.
  2. I told them I would do BOTH breast feeding and formula feeding during my admission to both L&D and the Postpartum units. I had a good experience doing this.
  3. NurseAngie

    I Fear for the Future of Nursing

    True. I waited tables awhile and it feels very similar sometimes.
  4. NurseAngie

    I Fear for the Future of Nursing

    Hi Diana, I'd ask yourself what is it about nursing and health that interests you to make it your career. Don't be blinded by the images you've seen on TV as to what a nursing career is. Ask lots of specific questions so that you can learn what it is and what it can be. Do you handle stress well? I would encourage you to wait tables for six months while you are preparing yourself for further education because you will learn to multi-task and customer service skills. No joke. I encourage you to look into the current employment needs for both registered nurses and medical assistants in your community to get a glimpse of potential opportunities available. You can do this by reading one of the online job posting sites. Decide if you would rather work in a clinic/office setting or in a hospital, nursing home, corrections (jail/prison), school, etc...because some of those areas may have more opportunities available as a RN. Most of the clinics/offices here hire MA's or LPN's rather than RN's. The local school board hires LPN's and RN's for school nurse positions where I live. If your goal is to work in a hospital then RN is the best choice. I live in a large metropolitan area with a variety of health services available, so your options might be varied from what I describe if you don't live in such a place. Lastly, spend only what you can afford on your education. If you must borrow, then spend only what is necessary because the student loan debt will have to be paid back. You do not want to be saddled with high payments as you begin your professional life. If you default (don't pay them), you will lose your nursing license. So be smart with your time and your money no matter what career you choose. Best of luck to you!
  5. I am very moved by your story and deeply respect you for your compassion. Thank you for sharing.