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Comment of the week: I’ve decided to become a nurse!

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Thanks for the write-up and comments by others. I have now made my mind up about pursuing a career in nursing. I just signed up with Excelsior for a BA in Nursing. I have nine years until retirement from the military at a WHOLE 37 years of age! I have been looking at nursing for a few months now. My girlfriend is an RN at a local VA hospital and she got me interested in the field. I wasn’t sure if this was the path to take at first. I want to help others when I get out and law enforcement was a good way to do that. But to be honest, I’m tired of getting shot at! As an RN, I can continue to help my fellow Americans without a weapon in my hand. Thanks again! Looking forward to joining the field!

—Daniel on 3 male nurse myths

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2 Responses to Comment of the week: I’ve decided to become a nurse!

  1. Leesa

    Go for it!
    Some of the best nurses I have worked with have had military or law enforcement experience

    . As for being tired of being shot at, nurses do experience workplace violence, or the risk of it. An ER patient in a 12 bed hospital in the rural southwest I worked in 16 years ago did wrestle a gun from the officer we called for help.
    It was a tense situation, turned out Ok, thank God,It was an odd and gentle yet fast teamwork soccer game on the floor with the gun.Another time, a man turned a pointed paper spindle towards a very petite femaie new grad. doctor when she tried to keep him from stabbing himself with it. These situations are not routine, but you never know what will happen. Your experience handling crises will sometimes come in handy. A lot of “psych nursing” happens outside of big city behavioral units.

  2. Gloria

    One of the reasons I left floor nursing was because of the violence. After being attacked twice in six months I had enough. One attacked was worthy of prosecution of assault on one RN and battery on two others (I was one), but the patient wasn’t charged with anythingI And hospital refused to announce code violet overhead even though we were screaming for help. I should have seen the writing on the wall as a nurse intern when a patient sailed an incentive spirometer past my head in the first hour of my first day. As the economy worsened, the verbal abuse and sense of entitlement from patients and families increased as well. I know just as many nurses getting out of the profession as are staying in these days. And many nurses that I went to school with decided not to continue practicing after less than a year in the workforce. I appreciate the knowledge I gained, but use it in other ways now.

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