(Closed) Any nurses or nursing students out there?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@babybritt143: Second year student here, graduating in May. I won’t lie to you, nursing school is a serious butt kicking but I think it’s supposed to be. I just finished the mental health – psych rotation of my program and start OB on Monday. I have been waiting for this rotation from the day I got my acceptance letter for nursing school, so I’m beyond excited. My ultimate goal is an advanced practice degree as a certified nurse midwife. I love getting to know my clients, even if it’s just for the day. They all have a story and really listening to their story is one of the most important things you can do for them. Get to know your cohort as soon as you can and for heaven’s sake start a study group! Good luck and hang on tight!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@babybritt143: This might not make sense to you yet but I thought I’d share this. I can honestly say it’s only funny because it’s absolutely true.

The Top Ten Nursing Diagnoses for Nursing Students

10. Fluid volume deficit r/t dehydrating effects of caffeine associated with increased student sightings at coffee bars.

9. Impaired social interactions r/t inappropriate topics of conversation associated with incessant discussions of bowel and bladder functions.

8. Sexual dysfunction r/t time constraints and stress-induced impotence associated with increased irritability of nursing students and their significant others.

7. Functional constipation r/t lack of time to go to the bathroom associated with moving at the speed of light and still not getting everything done.

6. Impaired skin integrity r/t increased intake of fat, chocolate, and alcohol associated with return to adolescent facial breakouts.

5. Anticipatory grieving r/t impending midterms and final exams associated with crying fits in October, December, March, and May. (OMG, I am so guilty of this one!)

4. Maturational enuresis r/t trauma-induced regression to childhood associated with frequent changing of linens.

3. Ineffective individual coping: obsessive compulsive behaviors r/t high demand of nursing school associated with continual checking and rechecking of calendars, date books, course syllabi, and other nursing students to reassure that one is not forgetting assignments.

2. Altered thought processes: caffeine-induced psychosis r/t increased coffee consumption.

1. Self-care deficit r/t being a nursing student.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am a senior nursing student and am graduating in 58 DAYS!!! and OH YES i am counting!!!! hahaha I currently am a CNA as well on labor and delivery and i LOVE it!! thats where i want to be when i graduate! I start precepting this monday, and am actually doing it on what we call “special maternity.” It’s high risk OB patients…I can’t wait!! Then, after precepting, we take our final exam, and we’re DONE!!! πŸ˜€

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

ICU nurse here… I tell everyone its a really rewarding awesome job on some days and other days it blows… and you get every possible bodily fluid on you, screamed at by doctors and families and get your ass handed to you with crashes! As long as youve shadowed someone and got somewhat of an idea you should be ok… but I have to say be prepared for a rude awakening because real nursing is nothing like textbook, classroom nursing or even your clinical rounds… Its tough, and emotional, physically and mentally draining… and its not a job you ever just pack in at the end of the day and go home… it will always follow you… at least it does for me.  But best of luck, stay tough!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am a med/surg nurse who just started my first job in August! eseds has it right – some days you leave thinking you have the best job in the world, and other days you wonder what the heck you were thinking signing up for this crazy career! I love nursing πŸ™‚ Probably one of the biggest challenges you will face doing pediatric nursing is nursing the parents as well as the children! That was my experience with peds. Parents are worried sick about their children, and need love, care, and reassurance as much as the kids do. This is also true of acute medicine, but I found it especially true of pediatrics.

Having just finished nursing school, my biggest piece of advice I can give you is to take care of yourself, and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know all the answers – because you will never know everything, and much of your learning will come once school is done πŸ™‚ Good luck as you embark on your nursing journey!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Transplant PCU nurse here! Just graduated in August and am in the middle of orientation!

Good luck with nursing school- it was definitely one of the most trying times in my life  but oh so worth it in the end! Take care of yourself and study hard and you will do great!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Oops! Double post! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@eseds: You could not have said it any better!

I have been a nurse for 4 yrs now, I started out in Pediatrics and now I am in Geriatrics…what a transition huh? I actually have nursing students shadow me when I work and I must say that I love them. πŸ™‚ Well the ones that want to learn. πŸ™‚ I cannot stress enough to them that getting on the floor is a rude awakening to what you learn in school. I am still learning and always will. You will learn things are done differently and not how they are preached, that you will need to learn time management and prioritize and honestly for some it is humbling experience. Take your time and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We had a very serious situation happen with one of my patients bc a student thought she knew it all and did not check something. Yes you will make mistakes, we are all human but remember someones life is in your hands so the pride needs to step aside. Just soak it all up and enjoy it!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@babybritt143: yeah- not pretty at all! I’m going up this weekend to Gainesville for homecoming and I’m hoping we can get it together a little bit- I figured it’d be a little rough with our young team but I’d still rather be a Gator girl any day! πŸ™‚

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