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Podcast Transcription

What’s going on guys, as Jon Haws, RN, founder of nursing.com and today I want to do a little bit of a mini episode and share a little stories, a couple stories to help you remember your why. And this is something that’s talked about so much I know in nursing school, uh, and is this why, why did you go into this in the first place and making sure that you don’t forget that in the sense that forgetting it lead you to leave nursing as a career or become sour or become upset with, with all that there is to deal with. So did you guys know that 28% of nursing students fail out or leave nursing school? And this is happening at the same time that the BLS or Bureau of labor statistics estimates a nursing shortage of nearly 600,000 by 2024 so something isn’t working right here. We have this shortage of nurses projected, but we’re also losing 28% of potential nurses every single year. And that’s substantially higher than any other degree field or the average of all college nursing student or all college students?

No. None of us went into nursing thinking about all the money we were going to make and we all knew it was going to be a hard journey, right? We all knew at some level that this was going to be difficult, but at some point the stress, the fears or the disorganization led us to forget why. Why did we have bark on this journey in the first place? I want to share a quote from one of the members of our private Facebook group. She said, even if you fail, don’t stop trying. I missed one question on my med math test and was kicked out of the program. I’ve already done a year of core. I transferred to another school, but I have to start core all over again. So frustrated. I was supposed to graduate with my BSN in April. I’m 51 years old. Am I going to be 60 by the time I finally graduate?

I’m still pushing forward. So developing a why and understanding your why so strong that even when all everything hits the fan and it gets almost unbearable that you’re able to continue going forward. And I don’t want to downplay anyone’s journey or anyone’s difficulties as they’re going through because I’ve met enough of you and I’ve met enough students around the country and to know that it’s not easy for any of us, you know, um, some of his family issues, some of it’s health issues, some of us, it’s financial issue, some of us, it’s all of those things that make it almost impossible to keep going. I want to share a couple stories with you. The first one is during my first semester of nursing school, my grandpa passed away and it was right and like in the first few weeks of nursing school actually, so I was just getting my bearings on what it meant to be a nursing student.

And he passed away and I realized that in that time he had been very healthy leading up to this and everything. He had hadn’t really been in the hospital or anything, but in that time that he went to the hospital and it was clear that he was going to be very sick and I was living a couple thousand miles away. He was in Arizona, I was in Illinois. I realized that I couldn’t be there with him. Right. And my parents couldn’t be there with him and he was there sick. But there were some people that were with him every night and every day. And they were his nurses. And in that moment I had kind of a, a switch or a that kind of clicked. And I realized that for my patients, I am that person who’s, who’s there with them while their family might not be able to be there or they might not have family, that as a nurse, I was going to be the person who was there with those patients. And I wanted the nurses who were there taking care of my grandfather to care about him and to take care of him and to, to, to have that compassion with him. And that really helped me understand that that was gonna be my role. And that gave me a very strong sense of, of why.

Another moment I had was actually also during my first semester is after my son was born, he had a couple of issues that required them to stay in the hospital. Uh, during his first couple of weeks. And my wife and I were sleeping at the hospital. We were staying there. I would go to nursing school and come back and be with him. But there was one night where we were extremely tired. And so we went down to the hospital cafeteria to get some food. And when we came back few minutes later after eating, his nurse was his or her name was Tracy. I still remember it’s eight, nine years later, his nurse Tracy was sitting there giving him a bath and cuddling him and keeping him warm. And, and it was very clear, uh, with the way that she was taking care of him and working with him that she cared very deeply about him, about his exact needs in that moment. And it was in that moment that I truly realized that everyone is going to have that one nurse that they remember forever. Here am almost a decade later and I still remember her. I remember that moment. I remember the sense of walking in there and that comfort that I had, knowing that she was there with my son taking care of him.

You guys this, this journey is not easy and I know that maybe you haven’t yet, but there’s going to be a time in your career, whether that’s in nursing school or whether that’s as a nurse that you’re going to hit some kind of proverbial wall. You’re going to feel like you can’t keep going forward, but I want you guys to think about that. Why, think about those moments that you’ve had that have helped you see why you’re doing this and if you need to write that down, put it as a screensaver on your phone. Send yourself an email every now and then with your wife because you guys, we need you. We need nurses who care. We need you to to stay in the career field. We need you to work in the career field. You guys can do this. I know that there’s moments when that seems impossible, but you can do this and I know that you can do this, so stick with it. Remember your why. Go out and be your best self today. Happy nursing.

 

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