" i'm 61, have been nursing since 1976 (yes, a lot of you weren't even around!!), & instead of being able to retire next year when i wanted to, i'm sure i'll have to keep working - in the or, which is far away from being a desk job! at least it keeps me in shape..... "
your experience is no doubt an incredible asset to each patient you serve, as well as each new nurse you come into contact with.
i will 30 in july, for age reference. i grew up with an understanding that no one is entitled to anything simply by virtue of existence, be it a job, car, high salary, well off parents, or what have you. my father was a chemist, my mother a nurse, so i grew up in a two parent upper middle class family. i was taught that i am never guaranteed a job i will love at first, but that i will be able to earn the job i love through my experience at the 'bottom'. my pay at first would not be fabulous, but i will eventually earn more through my experience.
i had older parents, parents who remembered starting at the bottom of a company and working their way up through the ladder until they were management or cfo, coo, etc.. my dad worked his way up, and made 100k a year back in the 80's and 90's, which was great money then for our mcol area.
nowadays, many young people expect the immediate job with a high salary, no experience needed. they expect to be able to buy a bmw, 600k home, etc, all on their fresh from college job.. it is enititlement at it's finest.
so amny young people want it *all*, and they want it *now*. my dad told me he did own a car that wasn't at least 8-10+ years old until he was 30-something. many of my peers would not have a car so 'old'.
i am rambling.. it is the enititlement mentality that is really causing a problem with young people lately.
no, 'your' first nursing job may not be what you love, it may be med surg or a nursing home/ltc facility, but dangit, get some experience, learn to be a nurse, and use that experience to find your dream position later.
i am a new lpn who has a job in ltc/snf. i am learning so much in such a short period of time that i cannot believe it. i love my job, my residents, and could not imagine doing anything else.even though it was not my 'dream job', it became my dream job.