What brings non-nurses to allnurses?

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Specializes in Psych, ER, OB, M/S, teaching, FNP. Has 10 years experience.

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scientist

scientist

17 Posts

I was a pre-nursing student for a while and worked as a CNA. I used this forum and its wonderful resources to assist me during that time (it was under a different account that I've since lost the password for) and although I eventually chose a different path (Clinical Laboratory Science) I still have great affection for nursing. I am currently in my program but when I finish and work, I will work with nurses and doctors and everyone, although I'll be behind the scenes. I like to know about doctors and nurses so that I might better myself in the lab to do the best job I can for the healthcare team.

chadash

Specializes in Nursing assistant. 1 Article; 1,429 Posts

Originally, I started because I was headed for nursing school, but when my husband saw how much it was going to cost, he said, no way.

So then, I stayed on to be the best NA I could be.

Patti SW

Patti SW

46 Posts

I wish this country would realize how important it would be for someone who really cares could be to to the healthcare industry.. Please don't give up. Healthcare needs you.

core0

1,827 Posts

Came to defend PAs.

Stayed for the people.

David Carpenter, PA-C

Nidawi

Nidawi

31 Posts

i first came here because my sister was in nursing school, and i wanted to gain a better understanding of how to be supportive of her. i will always be supportive of her, of course, no matter what she does. but i really wanted to gain a clear understanding of the challenges she might face during her education as well as afterwards.

[color=#483d8b]after i became a member here, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. she was 35 when she was diagnosed. five days after they told her, she had a mastectomy. everything happened so quickly! there are no words for how i felt during that time. i can say that i certainly know what anxiety feels like now. i also have never felt so helpless. coming here was one of the things that helped me get through that time. seeing things through your eyes helped me to understand so much more than i would have otherwise.

[color=#483d8b]i have a great respect for nurses. they have played a big role in my own health care, and even more so in my sisters. she nearly died a couple times during her chemotherapy treatments, and it was her nurses that were there by her side more than anyone (well, other than her husband and i, and of course her friends, who were nursing students as well, and in her class :wink2:). i know they probably thought they were just "doing their job". but it was so much more than that. they were her guardian angels and saved her life. how do you thank someone for that?

[color=#483d8b]my sister finished nursing school, regardless of having cancer. she had 12 weeks left and she was determined not to allow anything stop her from acheiving her dream. not even cancer. she graduated and took her boards and passed, all while going through chemo. she has taught me that i can do anything i want, and i should let nothing stand in the way of my dreams.

[color=#483d8b]she has acquired her first job. and i would like to continue supporting her as best i can. i have learned so much here, and it's helped me understand the challenges she faces each day. she has done so much for me my entire life, and i just want to give something back to her.

[color=#483d8b]i'm not sure what i want to do. i'm going to school now. i think i would like to become a social worker. i would also like to expand on that and become a therapist who helps those with maladaptive behaviors (addictions). my sister keeps trying to talk me into becoming a nurse, too. she says i'd be a great nurse. i'm just not sure i could do it! some of the stuff you guys do just would creep me out, i think. :eek: but who knows? perhaps one day i'll decide to give it a try. we'll see.

[color=#483d8b]i currently work as a personal assistant to a couple. (she's a professor, he's an md and the medical director at a local prison. ) i enjoy coming here and i hope that perhaps one day i could help out someone here, in return for the help you've all given me without even knowing it. thank you for all you do each day! even on your worst day, remember you are appreciated and admired! :loveya:

AmaurosisFugax

AmaurosisFugax

84 Posts

Initially discovered this site as part of work-related research (medical science writer). At that time didn't know how much nurses contribute to patient care. Thought (like most people, I guess), doctors are the 'real' healthcare professionals, nurses are merely their assistants (even though I had nurse coworkers whom I respected but thought they were 'special' nurses).

Then I got cancer & realized firsthand how much nurses do.

Particularly in addition to their skills, how much their compassion adds to the patients' well-being.

That's when I did my first post...essentially as a thank you...& have hung around ever since...posting occasionally...& learned a lot lot more about the trials & tribulations nurses go thru.

And still manage to do a fantastic job.

GrumpyRN63

GrumpyRN63, ADN, RN

Specializes in Gyn Onc, OB, L&D, HH/Hospice/Palliative. 833 Posts

Came to defend PAs.

Stayed for the people.

David Carpenter, PA-C

Defend PA's :confused:

PA's are AWESOME !!,:wink2:

sam3992

sam3992

11 Posts

I'm a high school student and I think that I may want to major in nursing

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

like some of the others i come here for:

1. to learn more about the medical field in general

2. to contact others in the medical field not just nurses, but lvn, nas, etc3. to maybe bring a little info from the other points of view.

i feel it takes many people in many types of jobs to make the full "nursing" community.

a rn would have a hard time with out the na doing daily cares, the mlt running the labs, the ambulatory care to follow up after the hospital stay, the ltc to care for the pt for the long term, hh to visit, and pt/ot therapists to get the patient back out in to the world.

it takes a villege to make health care happen.

i have to agree with fiona...lpns are nurses as well. forgive us for being a bit sensitive, however, it bothers me when i hear people say 'nurses and lpn/lvns'. we are both nurses, but with different scopes of practice.

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

Came to defend PAs.

Stayed for the people.

David Carpenter, PA-C

I like that...:yeah::up:

Just curious, though, what made you feel that you had to defend PAs? I also think that they rock. Many times, they are more current in trends and are great to work with.

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

UHM, the letter N in LPN/LVN is the word NURSE!!!. Just because I have a longer title doesn't make me less of a NURSE.

The public needs to be educated to this.

Thank you:yeah::up::bow::nurse:

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

i first came here because my sister was in nursing school, and i wanted to gain a better understanding of how to be supportive of her. i will always be supportive of her, of course, no matter what she does. but i really wanted to gain a clear understanding of the challenges she might face during her education as well as afterwards.

[color=#483d8b]after i became a member here, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. she was 35 when she was diagnosed. five days after they told her, she had a mastectomy. everything happened so quickly! there are no words for how i felt during that time. i can say that i certainly know what anxiety feels like now. i also have never felt so helpless. coming here was one of the things that helped me get through that time. seeing things through your eyes helped me to understand so much more than i would have otherwise.

[color=#483d8b]i have a great respect for nurses. they have played a big role in my own health care, and even more so in my sisters. she nearly died a couple times during her chemotherapy treatments, and it was her nurses that were there by her side more than anyone (well, other than her husband and i, and of course her friends, who were nursing students as well, and in her class :wink2:). i know they probably thought they were just "doing their job". but it was so much more than that. they were her guardian angels and saved her life. how do you thank someone for that?

[color=#483d8b]my sister finished nursing school, regardless of having cancer. she had 12 weeks left and she was determined not to allow anything stop her from acheiving her dream. not even cancer. she graduated and took her boards and passed, all while going through chemo. she has taught me that i can do anything i want, and i should let nothing stand in the way of my dreams.

[color=#483d8b]she has acquired her first job. and i would like to continue supporting her as best i can. i have learned so much here, and it's helped me understand the challenges she faces each day. she has done so much for me my entire life, and i just want to give something back to her.

[color=#483d8b]i'm not sure what i want to do. i'm going to school now. i think i would like to become a social worker. i would also like to expand on that and become a therapist who helps those with maladaptive behaviors (addictions). my sister keeps trying to talk me into becoming a nurse, too. she says i'd be a great nurse. i'm just not sure i could do it! some of the stuff you guys do just would creep me out, i think. :eek: but who knows? perhaps one day i'll decide to give it a try. we'll see.

[color=#483d8b]i currently work as a personal assistant to a couple. (she's a professor, he's an md and the medical director at a local prison. ) i enjoy coming here and i hope that perhaps one day i could help out someone here, in return for the help you've all given me without even knowing it. thank you for all you do each day! even on your worst day, remember you are appreciated and admired! :loveya:

thank you for sharing this story. how is your sister, now?:yeah::up::heartbeat

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