“I’m not here to be a nurse”

“I’m not here to be a nurse- I’m only here because I have to get a BSN for CRNA or NP school”Ā šŸ™„šŸ™„šŸ™„Ā The number of times I’ve heard that and tried to hold myself back from making a face of disgust and rolling my eyes.

Let me get this straight. I have nothing against ambitious people who want to pursue higher education after nursing school. I personally would like to hopefully become a NP one day. Healthcare definitely needs more MSNs, NPs, CRNAs, and specialized nurses. I absolutely don’t have anything against nursing students who want to do more. My irritation stems from those people who have negative respect for nursing and simply use their RN as a “stepping stone” to a bigger paycheck- particularly those people who just want to become CRNAs.Ā A classmate of mine actually said “I can’t stand people! I just want to knock them out so I don’t have to deal with them.”Ā  I seriously just wanted to reply “Oh man. You’re gonna go so far”šŸ™„

I feel like I’m learning so much by partaking in bedside nursing practices during clinicals. I’m a bit petrified of making a mistake or causing harm but every single day in clinicals is a learning experience and I can’t imagine going further and gaining more responsibilities without experience. I’m learning so much in MedSurg clinical! I can’t even imagine how much there is to learn in a Critical Care setting!

Aside from the fact that experience is invaluable, I personally feel that a good NP/CRNA/MSN needs to enjoy working with people and understand/ respect the work of a RN. Advanced Practice Nurses should be able work collaboratively with RNs- not against them. I’m not going to go into the whole ego thing that some APNs develop but hellooooo remember when you were in my position not too long ago?

Besides my total disrespect for people who go into nursing for $$$, I feel like anyone contemplating nursing needs to ask themselves if they would be okay with being a RN forever. I’ll be honest- before actually starting nursing school and going into a clinical setting, I didn’t know if I would be okay with being a RN for the rest of my life. I really wanted to be a NP because I wanted some level of autonomy in practice. I also didn’t have the best perception of the role of a RN. I seriously thought they sort of blindly followed orders from ACPs. Uh hell no. Critical thinking x1000000000

If you ask me now if I would be okay with it, then my answer is yes, I would be completely fine with not pursing a higher degree and working as an RN for the rest of my life. Maybe I’m a little naive when I ask older nurses why they don’t love their jobs as much as I do but I don’t think my answer will ever change. Ideally I would like to pursue a MSN in the future but I don’t see my time as a RN as a stepping stone but rather as an invaluable period of experience that will help me in becoming a well-prepared NP. With that being said, I’m not exactly in a rush to apply to MSN programs right after finishing my BSN. I really want to work for a while and gain more experience.

It’s okay to be nervous about nursing school. It was a big step in a new direction for me and I was contemplating withdrawing from it up until the days I actually startedĀ šŸ˜‚Ā But working with actual patients and not dummies is incredible. They feel pain. They have emotions. I definitely now know that this is more than just a career for me. Nursing is what I was missing. It makes me feel “complete”.Ā  Of course there are people who are just doing this for money, or also (my favorite one) “just to marry a doctor”Ā  but they will never be happy. Nursing is a career that you have to LOVE in order to be successful. Maybe I’m a bit opinionated but sorry not sorry to those of ya who pursue nursing for all the wrong reasons.Ā I hope I never become youĀ šŸ˜

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