Ex-Mort Sci student looking for advice

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I used to be a Mortuary Science student at Briarwood College. It was all well and fine, until I realized that dealing with nepotism and scamming people in their darkest hour was not my cup of tea, and decided to try something actually nurturing. I would like to (or at least 99% of me feels it's my true calling, otherwise, I'll be a forensic nurse, lol) to be a nurse-midwife, or at bare minimum a doula. However, seeing as how I'm 19, and pretty broke, I need to have a job SOON, or else I'm S.O.L.
    I am probably going to be living a block away from St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven soon, and I was wondering:

    1.) Are there any job openings at St. Raphael's currently for something like a laundry aide, orderly, or even an assistant in the morgue (I heard when I was still at Briarwood that there's a specific job, I believe it's as an autopsy technician, where nothing more than a high school diploma is needed to qualify, and that needs to be done is making incisions for autopsies along with a few other things, and one could get paid handsomely for it, or was my Restorative Art teacher wrong?)

    2.) Seeing as how I don't have much money, unless I can get my Can't Understand Normal Thinking of a mother to allow me to have some of my money (from a custodial account I have under her name) to attend college, which route would be best for me to start a Nursing career? I have already taken Anatomy and Physiology (once in high school, once in college), Pathophysiology, Microbiology (I bombed it though, because I had the world's worst teacher, who was the kind of guy who would arrive 45 minutes late to class because he was too busy getting drunk, and would only pass someone if they had his child, no lie), Psychology, The Psychology of Death and Dying, and Embalming classes, so would all of those credits help me out at least somewhat?
    I am in close proximity to the University of New Haven, Yale (but sadly, that's only for Master's Degree classes in Nursing), SCSU, and other than that, I don't know where else offers Nursing courses of any sort.
    I could probably take a bus ride to the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing too. Do they still have the 3 week CNA course, or was that a total lie?

    3.) What the heck does it take to become a doula/midwife in this state, or actually, in this country even?! I've met midwives, and I've asked a doula (never got a response), but I have not been able to find much information on becoming a midwife in this area. I've read about "midwivery houses" or whatever they're called, but when I went onto collegeboard.com and entered "Nursing-Midwivery" as a major, only some random college in Canada came up, and I don't know about you, but I'm not going to Canada JUST to attend college, although that could potentially be fun, lol!

    Anyway, any help or input for any of my questions is GREATLY appreciated, and I will love you forever if you are really of help.

    Thank you!
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  3. by   jrinct
    Hi -- I can't answer all your questions, but if you're interested in becoming an RN, look into Gateway Community College in New and North Haven, and go to one of their info sessions. You'll need to take Bio, both A&P I and II, Chemistry, and English 101 to apply, and there's also a math pre-requisite. If you'd like to be a CNA first, the Red Cross in New Haven offers training. New courses (they're a few weeks long; check their website) are always starting. They also offer phlebotomy classes.

    I believe midwives have an MSN degree -- that's what some of the nursing students at Yale specialize in. UCONN also offers an MSN degree.

    Good luck!
  4. by   belladonna646
    Thank you so much! That was very helpful. I'll look into either the CNA or phlebotomist courses. Probably the phlebotomist course, because I'm fine with blood. Well, heck, I had to be. lol.