Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.
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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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What Is Life After College?

The question that everyone has at one point in there life.

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Sure I have figured out my major but what happens after I get the major?

*if you haven't read my article about my major choice go check it out!*

It's a reasonable question though, what happens after the major? Being in a IAS major and taking such a wide variety of classes its hard to answer peoples big question which is "What type of job are you going to get with this major?" and honestly I really don't know. Now think about this for a second if my major is all over the place with the classes I can take, wouldn't it be a reasonable guess that maybe my work choice could be all over the place as well? Because it is very true, so here is my list of things I enjoy.

1. Cooking/Baking

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The people who know me they know I enjoy doing both of these things. The only problem I see is that if you go and work at a restaurant than you have no creativity which is the best part of cooking or baking.

2. Early Childhood Development

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Little kids are awesome in my opinion. The little babies until the age of about kindergarten–1st grade is a cool age. Now, I couldn't be a teacher because that isn't my major and includes much more school, but would I be able to do other things with kids that age (daycare, or that type of thing)? or would I have to go and get additional learning in Early Childhood Development.

3. Something to do with writing

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I have somehow gotten into this world of writing and I have no idea where that came from, but when it comes to writing I could literally write about anything. Food. Coffee. World issues. Random Stuff. There are a lot of possibilities, but can I really see myself writing for the rest of my life?

4. True Crime Shows

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The amount of different crime shows I watch is ridiculous, and I am not talking about Criminal Minds or NCIS (even though those shows are also good) I am talking about actual true crime. Some of the shows are Dateline, 48 hours (I don't personally watch), Making a Murderer, Snapped, Forensic Files, and many many more. There are many documentaries that are also about true crime and the amount of those I watch is also high.

Why do I like these types of shows? Really, I'm not sure. Some thing about it is just interesting. Why these people decided to kill other people. How the crimes were solved or on some occasions framed. The forensics of it all because every case has different types of forensics used. The whole physiological part of why someone does what they do is interesting. I am just very intrigued by these types of shows and the stories that come with them.

5. Photography

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This isn't something that I could see anything happening with just photography itself but it would possibly come in handy with some of these ideas above.

Currently I am a lost little college student trying to finish my major, while thinking about what the heck am I going to do with the rest of my life.

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