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I am in my first year of nursing school and still am unaware of what the profession might require of me. Any advice?

Thursday July 11, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am in my first year of nursing school and still am unaware of what the profession might require of me. My husband is uncomfortable with the idea that I might be handling male genitalia. Would that be something difficult to accommodate when I get a job?

Unaware

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Unaware,

Because of your concerns, especially the fact that you are still unaware of what the profession might require of you, I urge you to talk to one of your nursing instructors whom you respect and trust. This is an important next step.

Caregiving, including the role of any healthcare professional, requires a level of intimacy, both physical and emotional, that is very different from social intimacy. Even if you work in a role that does not involve direct patient care or contact, you will be required to learn and perform the basics of that care which is a foundation in nursing, while you are in school. If you have reservations about what you're getting into, this is the time to speak to an instructor and make a decision as to whether or not nursing is the right career path for you.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.