Nursing Voices

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Life of a Student Nurse

Do you remember your days as a student nurse? It was stressful. I remember staying up all night writing treatment plans and learning everything there was to know about my assigned patient’s medical condition. Our nursing instructors would drill us unmercifully about our patient’s condition, and about their nursing needs. And God help us if we didn’t know the clinical implications of the medications we were giving to our patients. If we didn’t know the answer to a question, we were one step closer to being kicked out of school. Ahh, those were the good old days.

Here’s a book about a student nurse. Doesn’t she look professional? I think Kim from emergiblog would love her cap. She’s thinking about her boyfriend, and obviously has good taste in men. He’s hot! But, she too, is under a lot of stress. Here’s her story:

"Every moment is an emergency when you’re training to be a nurse!

In nursing school, every day was plagued with the constant pressure of life-and-death crises, the unrelenting fear of failing the patient, the frantic pulse of the hospital heartbeat. Student nurse Carol Welles was determined to become a self-assured professional, but she was a woman as well, who wanted her relationship with medical student Duane Duran to become something more permanent.

From Obstetrics to Intensive Care, from her first injection to her first catheterization, Carol tried to cut down on human suffering…and caused her personal life to suffer at the same time. She was in the field of saving lives…could she discover how to save her own life, too?"

Poor Carol. Not only does she have to stay up all night writing her treatment plans, she has to worry about saving her own life, as well. What’s a girl to do?

I’m sure like other nursing students, Carol is also worrying about where she’s going to find the money to pay for her education. A nursing education isn’t cheap. Fortunately, the good people at Nursing are giving away three nursing school scholarships totaling $5,000. If you like to write, and you are currently attending, or planning to attend, an accredited U.S. nursing program, this contest is for you. Entering is easy. Click here for more details about the contest. Good luck!


Blogger ~Autumn said...

Thanks so much for the link!
We student nurses need all the help we can get!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Lea said...

Duane Duran? I love it! That reminded me of the 80's when I was into Duran Duran and I wrote it Duran2 (squared). Ah, the good 'ol days.

11:23 AM  
Blogger apgaRN said...

Too funny... brought back that dread feeling that I carried in the pit of my stomach throughout nursing school!
Phew! Glad that's over.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Camila said...

That is JUST what it is! Things are quite the same in Brazil. "Gastritis" and coffee addiction is the point;)

3:45 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

(I wanna Duane...) On a "psychiatric" issue, for years I had a repetitive dream that I was back on the first day of nursing school, reporting to the student nurse dorm with my suitcases. I have NO earthly idea what the significance of that dream is -- and I'm afraid to know....

11:45 PM  
Blogger Runs With Scissors said...

Man ... the good ol' days! We were sent home from clinicals for the smallest of infractions! Who'da thunk that I'd ever be in Grad School working on an MSN? The stresses are much different, but they are there nonetheless!


8:18 AM  

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