i went to college to become an RN. I struggle with that organic - biological chemistry. will have to take it again and i can then qualify to be RN trained. I asked some RN's.....Do we use this chemistry as an RN. i was told that we dont use alot of it.
well, in process of becoming RN, I have obtained my State Tested Nurses Aid and now work as one in a local nursing home.
Everything I learned in the classroom was valuable as a reference point in my brain. But nothing compared to the learning i recieved doing it on REAL PEOPLE. The manakin helped but when the patient is living-breathing-responding.........well, let me tell you. that is a whole different set of learning.
now that i have done it for 6 months on REAL PEOPLE, the book work - class room information makes more sense. the information that i recieved in class seemed overwhelming. the first couple of months on my feet on a floor seemed overwhelming. my first experience cleaning someone after they passed seemed overwhelming.
i believe my dad told me growing up that EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER.
the classroom is valuable for a purpose. But i would have to say that experience teaches you like the classroom can not.
i was told how to do Vitals, IN the classroom--ok? well, i told an RN one night when she need some Vitals done. Im not too good at doing that.
so, in her wisdom, she gave me the equipment and sent me down the hall. Do Vitals on EVERYONE !!
as i gained experience and confidence, i LOVE doing vitals now.
anytime you need Vitals done, let me do them.
the classroom is informative --- the experience glues it into your hands and feet and brain.
Thank you nurses for all you do. You are so important and you make a difference. No matter what level of education you have. if you give a listening ear to a hurting soul, if you offer yourself in ANY measure or in ANY form. you are helping someone who is not feeling their best, feel like there is hope to feel better. Making the journey that they are on--feel just a little bit easier to bear. when someone cares or listens to them makes a huge difference.
so i shout out a THANK YOU your way, each and everyone of you, for what you do----illregardless of your time in the classroom.