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What's your story? Why did you take up nursing?

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nursemarion, BSN

Has 35 years experience.

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I graduated in 2000, passed NCLEX, but decided to raise my family and take care of an ill parent. Now its 2008 and I've been to sooo many job interviews, not to mention how many I've applied for. Took a refresher course and still I just keeping getting rejected. HELP!!! I don't know what to do next. Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance.
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I think one barrier you are facing is that the nursing shortage has resulted in employers who do not want to train you. At least in my area they are very demanding about experience because no one has time to orient or train you
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That being said, do not give up. I don't know what fields you have tried, sometimes even a Dr. office is a place to start. Many nursing jobs place very high responsibility on even new grads. You need a place that will have support around while you get your feet wet. Back in the 80's when I graduated there were no jobs. I found a part-time one to start but a lot of girls in my class left the area to find work or even gave up on nursing. I supplemented my income working some private duty in a local hospital. Some private duty agencies will find cases that will fit your abilities and needs, and it is a good way to start out. Good luck.

I wasn't going to be a nurse. It was just a coincidence. Had worked at hospitals since 17 of age, and was very sure about NOT being a nurse. One day I went with my friend, who wanted badly to be a nurse, to the nursing school to get forms to apply. The register-lady handed the forms to me also and my friend insisted I filled the forms also.

Well, I was admitted, sadly not my friend.

Now I've been a nurse for over 25 years and look forward to go to work every day. I like my job a lot.

FlyMurse, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN-BC, SN, CCRN, TCRN, CEN. Has 7 years experience.

I wasn't going to be a nurse. It was just a coincidence. Had worked at hospitals since 17 of age, and was very sure about NOT being a nurse. One day I went with my friend, who wanted badly to be a nurse, to the nursing school to get forms to apply. The register-lady handed the forms to me also and my friend insisted I filled the forms also.

Well, I was admitted, sadly not my friend.

Now I've been a nurse for over 25 years and look forward to go to work every day. I like my job a lot.

Wow. That's awesome. I wish it was that easy these days! Fill out a form and you're in. Oh well, guess I'll have to keep up with this GPA system....

Jeremy

CathRN

Specializes in everywhere. Has 15 years experience.

WOW! I can't believe that is has been that long since I replied to this. I replied when I was in LVN-RN bridge program. I have been a RN since 2006, passed with honors, passed NCLEX with 75 questions!

I love being a nurse! I love taking care of my patients, I DON'T like management breathing done our necks to do more with less (staff, equipment, etc). I DON'T like the abusive families. Why do people think that it is okay to be so nasty to their loved ones nurse, then turn around and tell the doctor the opposite?

People never cease to amaze me.

I had posted earlier that I had always wanted to be a nurse, my mom was a nurse. I had always been fascinated with the human body, the anatomy, the things that a body can tolerate. My EX-husband always told me that I wasn't smart to be a nurse. I passed both LVN and RN with honors, passed NCLEX with mimimum amount of questions. Sometimes I want to mail him a copy of my transcripts and ask him "who's stupid now?", but I decide that he isn't worth the copy paper or postage. LOL

I encourage anyone who wants to be a nurse to apply, to do it. It doesn't matter how old you are, you will be the same age in 2 years (or however long it takes you)with or without going to school.

Good luck to all of us!

nursemarion, BSN

Has 35 years experience.

Jeremy, it was certainly not any easier then. I graduated in 85', and we started with 150 students and finished with 49 graduates. The rest dropped or could not keep up a 3.0. There were over 450 students who applied for acceptance. I was lucky to get in, and lucky to get out with my sanity. Don't delude yourself that you have it any harder than us "older"nurses.

CathRN

Specializes in everywhere. Has 15 years experience.

Jeremy, it was certainly not any easier then. I graduated in 85', and we started with 150 students and finished with 49 graduates. The rest dropped or could not keep up a 3.0. There were over 450 students who applied for acceptance. I was lucky to get in, and lucky to get out with my sanity. Don't delude yourself that you have it any harder than us "older"nurses.

I agree! In my LVN class we had 60 seats, over 600 people applied. Out of the original 60, we graduated 34, of those 34, 18 passed NCLEX the first time. The majority of the ones that graduated with honors were non-traditional students.

In my RN class, we had 10 seats, over 500 applications. I was lucky and got in both times the first time. Some of my classmates had applied at least twice before. Out of our 10, 6 graduated, 2 with honors.

Nursing school is hard, for young or "older" students.

FlyMurse, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN-BC, SN, CCRN, TCRN, CEN. Has 7 years experience.

Oh, I know the nursing portion is going to be hard, but you made it sound so easy- you applied, not really interested, and got in. I know once I get into the upper division, thats where the real work begins

I admit it wasn't quite that easy. We started about 85 I think, and after three months of hard studying 63 passed. Finally 52 graduated. If the teachers didn't think nursing wasn't right to you they threw you out, even if the student passed the written tests. I studied in Iceland.

Nursing is always hard work.You have to be on your toes all the time and be up to date. But it gives so much. It's not easy to find a job that you still love after more than 25 years!

Jeremynursing student I wish you good luck and enjoy your studies.

from the bad experience i had during the cival war in my country. during the civil war the where insuffience nursing to care for people because of this we lose lots of lives do to lot of nurses or doctors for this reason i decided to to attend nursing school in the united states we i arrived as a refugee it toke me a very long time to get accepted in nursing because i could not get any document from home.i will continue later:no:

Me? I dont know.. I wasnt sure of being a nurse before, but when I started to taking care of my patients during my school years, I felt the need to take care of more patients genuinely.. It was really a great feeling to help taking care of patients, and a simple THANK YOU from the family of your patient make my heart bigger!:heartbeat:redbeathe then I decided to be a nurse...

I passed my local board last June 2006 but unfortunately it was compromised...So most of the hospitals in our place does not hire us.. so i took the whole exam last June 2007 and I passed! So I took my IELTS too and applied for State board and last June 2008 i passed my NCLEX at 75 item answered questions. Unfortunately work here is almost impossible to find, I went to almost all of the hospitals here but most of them will just tell me that "they will just call me"... so work is my problem now.. and how can I be a nurse?So that I can help people and my family?:(:confused::sniff::imbar

What a great question. I was working in a department store one day and said to myself What am I doing here? I had a friend that was an LPN and I called the next day and the next week they had a class starting and had one position left so I took it. That was 25 yrs ago and I have never regreated it for one moment. Now here I am applying for RN school. Yeah ha here I go folks....:redpinkhe.

As a kid, I was never interested in the medical field, used to think all doctors were stuck up lol. Then I got hit by a car in Feb 2008, it completely changed my views. If it wasn't for the docs and nurses, I wouldn't be here right now. I wasn't like completely messed up, I escaped with only a dislocated knee and a TBI. But it was a hit-and-run, the driver just left me lying at the side of the road. The paramedics reckon I was lying there (unconscious) for about 1-2 hours before anyone called for help. I slept a further 16 hours, then woke up to realise how lucky I was to be in such good care.

It totally inspired me, I'd like to think that when I'm 70, I can look back and realise I've saved more lives than I can count.

canuk_chick

Specializes in postpartum and gynecology. Has 5 years experience.

honestly? I was bullied by my guidance counceller. He told me that I had to apply for college by the next day so I had to decide that night. He told me teacher or nurse. I hated teaching people anything so i opted nurse and away we went... ha ha little did i know that nursing is ALL teaching. especially postpartum nursing:wink2:. In first year nursing school I think I made up something for all the assignments that asked us to talk about our decision to be a nurse because i was sure I'd get yelled at by the teachers. I later found out my grandma was a nurse and graduated in 1943. 2 sisters, one older and one younger also decided to become nurses after me and a step sister is currently contemplating it as well.

While mine isn't the most heart warming of reasons, I'm glad I did. Its made me grow, and I've been able to travel quite a bit. I love my nursing:nurse:!!

leedonphranq

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 2 years experience.

i needed to know how my grand mom died

i became a nurse because i needed to support my family. I was going to school for pre vet. I am sorry to say I'm not as into human medicine as i was animal.

i work at an assised living retirement home and most of our residents should be in skilled care because our census is too low. I'm constantly sending people to the er. I'm afraid they're going to fire me for "getting rid of people".

A lot of stories that many family members have nursing career background but in my family is none.At first, my ambition was wanted to be a doctor. I ws inspired by drama series of ER that was very famous when i was 7 years old but i had graduated my school year with result which not good to require into medicine.At the same time, my instinct said about being a nurse but i cannot admit myself that i cannot be a doctor. i put away about being a nurse. i didn't gave myself a chance to accept the nursing course because i knew myself who are really like to help people and also like to be a volunteer. now, i realize that i cannot go on like this and i had decided to take nursing as my life career. i have an interview on 5 nov for sponsorship in diploma nursing. I will do my best and take this opportunity to get into nursing course. i hope people in this forum can support me in what i am doing.:)

Wow, what a great thread for somebody like me to find. I just started nursing school, and unlike many of you, I don't have an uplifting story about how some nurse I met along the way inspired me. Frankly, up until a few years ago, I would not have considered the field. A little about me - I'm a 33yo male, and I've been out of college for 10 years, but my previous degree is in Interpersonal Communications. I've had a typical business-to-business sales career for the past 10 years, with times when I've done very well and other times when I've struggled to get by. Even in the best of times, convincing people to part ways with their money in exchange for items that may or may not be vital to their needs can be very frustrating. I don't pretend that Nursing will be easy, because I have spent enough time in LTC facilities and Hospitals to know that's not the case. But I've been burned out on selling for several years now, and with my wife, have done much soul searching. I will continue working while going to school for the next 1.5 years. Based on my personality and interests, Nursing seems to be a natural fit. Of course, like many men, I would not have considered nursing back when I originally went to college. My macho buddies would have skewered me, and I didn't have the maturity or wisdom at that point to see past those trivialities. I am just getting started on this journey, and am pursuing my ADN from a local CC. Once I (hopefully) have obtained employment in this field, I will continue building upon my education. I'm very excited, and I'm glad I found this website. It's a terrific information source.