Nursing, a Noble Profession
Can You Answer the Call to The Nursing Profession
A Nursing Profession Offers a Stable Profession, but Only for the Right Person
I went into nursing training when I was 18 years old, that was many moons ago. At the time, I was a senior in high school and the school offered a cooperative program with a list of companies that would allow the senior to volunteer a few hours per week so the student could get a feel of what the job meant. The senior had the opportunity to shadow the employee in their job. This gave the senior a chance to see what the job was all about and if they wanted to go that career route.
One of the co-op jobs on this list was that of a Candy Striper, which is no longer being used in the hospital setting. The Candy Striper would assist the nurse or nurse's aide in a hospital setting. The Candy Striper would run errands for the professionals and help to keep patients company and serve to feed patients who required assistance.
I liked the idea of what doctors and nurses did to help people. My intention was to enter the Registered Nurses Program at the local hospital, but I was two days late for the enrollment cut off. My mother told me to take one year and enter the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at our college and the next year I could enter the Registered Nurse program. She felt I would be ahead of the class and I agreed that it was an excellent idea.
I met my future husband during this time and married directly after graduation. I always had good reasons I thought, for not going back to school, a new husband, a pregnancy eight months later and a new home all kept me too busy to go to school. Besides, now I needed to work for the income and I did not want to miss one second of life with my husband and children. The family always came first and then my job.
I surely did not go into nursing for the money, as the base earnings for a Licensed Practical Nurse at that time was $1.20 per hour. Most people would find this hard to believe, but I felt I was rich at this pay. One needs to understand that everything was much cheaper. Gas was $. 25 a gallon. No, this was not the stone ages, LOL.
After one year in intensive care on nights, I transferred to a long-term medical facility where I took care of the senior populace. The senior populace taught me so much because they are full of wisdom by the time they reach 80-90 years of age.
This transfer gave me a rise of $50.00 per paycheck, not a lot by today's standards, but 40-years ago it was a million dollars. As my years and experience grew in the nursing profession so did my earnings. When I retired, I was making about 25 times more than when I took my first nursing position so long ago.
I decided that if I was going to be a Licensed Practical Nurse for the long haul I would be the very best LPN I could possibly be. Many times throughout my career, I performed the same job as the Registered Nurses I worked with. Quite a few times, employers offered positions to me that were put apart for a Regisered Nurse, only.
I have worked in about every realm of nursing throughout my 40-years on the job from Assistant Director of Nursing, to emergency rooms, intensive care, children to seniors, to management positions. Thirteen years of my career involved assessment coordinator for the state. I had many experiences and learned a great deal. I would not change that knowledge for any amount of money as it only helped me to be the person I am today.
This experience gave me confidence to assume guardianship of any sort of medical emergency or crisis until an ambulance arrived. This afforded me the confidence of taking charge of my kids and other minors or adult who got hurt. A nurse just automatically knows what to do to assist. Having the knowledge to help someone out was a big reason why I went into nursing. I also enjoyed being the eyes and ears for the doctors.
When I worked with a patient who was seriously ill and I could see that person taking baby steps towards regaining their health, I knew that I had a part in that process and it made me feel good. Nurses do not always get a thank you and that is all right, however, when a patient does say, "Thanks for being there and helping me", that always warmed my heart.
When I retired in 2010, I went on to use my knowledge to become a freelance writer of health and wellness articles, and set up an informational website to help people and give tips on various health related issues. The knowledge a nurse receives during her career continues long after retirement and she is still able to help people address concerns, help out in emergencies, and give common sense advice.
Speaking from personal experience