Before I start off, I just want to say - yes, I know I'm not even an RN yet (I am pre-nursing.. I'm not even in nursing school
yet!), but now that I'm 25 years old, and mommy to a 5 year-old, I am just trying to find a path in life. I do understand that a lot of my talents will become apparent to me during nursing school, clinicals, and years of on-the-job experience - but I believe that some people are just naturally able to handle more challenging things than others. I just am afraid to dream and hope and strive to become a CRNA, just to find out years down the line that I don't have what it takes. Did any of you CRNA's have this fear, or were you confident from the beginning?
Right now, I am taking full-time prereq courses for the ADN program, working full-time at a health insurance company, and as previously mentioned, a mother (and loving wife). I am making straight A's in school and I think I am handling the school/work/family/life balance pretty well for the circumstances (alright, I admit, the housecleaning has kind of fallen to the wayside). I certainly am feeling a new vigor for life now that I am back in school. I like to learn, I like to make A's. However, those A's don't come naturally like they do for some people, they come with a lot of hard work. I worry especially about the science classes, I was taught at a young age that math & science were hard and it was expected that I not perform well in those subjects, so I never gave them much thought until now. Chemistry and Algebra have been challenging but not unmanageable, but I know it's only getting more difficult from here. I do think Chemistry is interesting though (as far as the subject material; my professor is making it a bit boring because all she does is read off slides and doesn't know the answers to any questions that aren't on the slide), Algebra, not so interesting as far as the material - but I really like my professor, he explains everything in such a manner that makes the material seem logical and easy.
I guess what my question is, is it enough to want it? When I get my experience in as a nurse, when I explore my talents and discover who I am... If I still want to be a CRNA, will putting in the WORK be enough, or do you think to be a CRNA you have to have some natural born gifts for science and medicine? Basically, do I need to be a genius?
Also, on a different note, if any of you CRNA's also did the RN to BSN to CRNA track all while being a mother (or father), please share your success story as I definitely could use the enouragement.