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What are some things I should expect as a registered nurse and a beginner in the medical field?

I am a student at Tulsa job corps. I am studying to become CNA to begin my journey as a registered nurse.

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Teri’s Answer

Hi Akirah,
I'm glad you are finding your path. At first, there will be a time that you feel like you are an imposter (imposter syndrome). Make sure to find someone- on your unit, a mentor, a previous instructor- that you can talk to and ask questions. Make sure there is someone on your unit that you can ask questions. Some say that nurses "eat their young" and some do that still at first. It's a good idea to also find a way to unwind or self-care, as mentioned, already. Being humble and mindful.
Congratulations on your journey!
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Bailey’s Answer

I think it is fantastic that you will work as a CNA prior to becoming a nurse. Everyone that I know that has done that path has become fantastic nurses. You will learn a lot as a CNA and you will learn how to treat your CNAs in the future. I was a PCT/CNA prior to being a nurse and it was the best experience. It will also help you decide what unit you would like to work on.
Being a nurse is hard work but I feel the most important thing is to find a place you like to work. This includes finding a unit with people that you like to be around. If you work in a toxic unit then you will not be happy at all. When the nurse is not happy they will give poor a patient experience.
Good luck!
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Sean’s Answer

Remind yourself daily that it is a privilege to get paid to help people for a living. Secondly, see your job as a profession that only a handful of people can do and do well. It takes a special person to deal with the tribulations of working in a building with all sick people day in and day out. With that said, use your opportunity to work as a CNA to gauge what it's really like to be in that environment. All the nurses will be complaining but don't let that discourage you. Keep an attitude of gratitude!
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Terri’s Answer

I think it's great you are starting your journey as a CNA. The experience you gain will assist you along your journey. No matter what Healthcare field you choose, self care is the most important. You cannot care for others if you aren't caring for yourself first. Start a routine now of being mindful and grounding yourself. Meditation, breathe work, yoga, energy work...Caregiver burn out is a very real thing. Take care of yourself first, ALWAYS
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