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To all the seasoned nurses, if you were able to go back in time and tell you're younger self one thing about nursing that you didn't know before you became one , what would it be?

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K+MgSO4 has 12 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Surgical, quality,management.

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Aww, I thought with the title you were going to ask which era we would like to travel back on time to and nurse....

 

To answer your question, I would tell myself that those clinical placements I got sent to on my own would be amazing and I would learn so muchon them.  Also, the scary first ward manager I had a NQN would be someone I now look back on with great respect and inspiration after having sloppy, reckless or power hungry bosses.  She was truly patient centred and a staff advocate and I now know how hard that is.

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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I would tell myself not to listen to the grumbling on the floor at the first place I worked. It was a good job and not bad at all in comparison to other places I went, but I let the opinions of others and my own idealism make me think it was awful. I was actually growing there a lot and I can see that now in hindsight.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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Don't do it. There are  many better professions for intelligent women.

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NICU Guy has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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7 hours ago, RN_OneDay said:

if you were able to go back in time and tell you're younger self one thing about nursing that you didn't know before you became one , what would it be?

Buy Amazon stock in 1997 and become a muti-millionaire 

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GrumpyRN has 38 years experience as a NP and specializes in Emergency Department.

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28 minutes ago, NICU Guy said:

Buy Amazon stock in 1997 and become a muti-millionaire 

Or Apple and Microsoft. 😁💷💶💵

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Kitiger has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics.

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Learn sooner that (1) I am not assertive, (2) I can become assertive, and (3) I can respect myself, stand up for myself, and communicate clearly.

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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On 1/22/2020 at 12:51 AM, RN_OneDay said:

To all the seasoned nurses, if you were able to go back in time and tell you're younger self one thing about nursing that you didn't know before you became one , what would it be?

INTERESTING question, RN_OneDay!

"...one thing about nursing that you didn't know before you became one"? My Temporal Prodigy would need to hear "Given other circumstances, you could have been the patient, or, the patient could have been you. 'There for the grace of God go I' ".

These were the exact words a seasoned nurse gave me early in my career after I voiced some complaints about a patient.

I thank her, for these words have served me well.

 

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RNperdiem has 14 years experience as a RN.

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I would tell my younger self " It is 1996, and BSN seems really optional right now that ADNs are having no trouble getting jobs around here. Things are going to change in the future. Go ahead and get that BSN now."

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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"Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride but you're going to make it, you're not a bumbling idiot and you're going to make a difference. You're going to be okay".  But pretty much nothing.  All the things I've learned in life have been through living through them and learning from my mistakes.  I enjoy the highs only because of the lows give me perspective.

I might advise myself to not wait 16 years between my ADN and BSN, and to get a Masters.

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Thank you all for your responses, I enjoyed reading them. I don’t know any nurses personally so this website is my go to! 

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Herecomesthesun specializes in Ortho-vascular nurse.

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I'd tell myself not to be afraid to get school loans, don't move out of your childhood home until after you finish school. I spent over 10 years in school just because I insisted on paying my own way, and working full time while I went to school part time for my LVN, and then RN. Now I'm going back to school for my BSN, and then MSN. sheesh! I could have been done so much faster. 

 

My years spent as an LVN in hospice were formative to the strong person I am now though.

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