To Nurse or not to nurse?
0Sep 6, '03 by major_undecidedI am attending community college and I am not sure what I want to major in. It was Legal Office for along time. A few weeks ago my dad gave me the idea that I should become a nurse. I would like to know what all is involved in Nursing. I would love anyone's in put. Good and bad stories, suggestion, and so forth. I don't mind blood, taking care of people, but I do kind of have a problem with cadavers. Is it that bad once you deal with one? Do you get use to it? Or should I just stick to Legal Office. As you all know with our economy job security is a thing of the past. I think that for me this might be a good future for me because it does offer some job security and I do enjoy helping people. So far what I know (which is bits and pieces) I feel that it would be a good rewarding career for me. Again please feel free to give ANY advice you have, it would help me out a lot!
0Sep 7, '03 by TweetyHi, lots of good information on this website. Do a search to help you answer this question. Also there's a board "would you recommend nursing..."
On dealing with persons whose respirations have ceased, I think you do get a little used to it. I think of it as another process in life that we nurses just have to deal with.
0Sep 7, '03 by 2banurseYou mentioned working with cadavers. Usually in a community college nursing program, chances are that you will not. Some community colleges use animals in lab.
I don't think of patients who have just died as cadavers; they are just patients who have died. I think that as a nurse you become a lot more aware of life and death.
In regards to nursing or working in a legal office, you can probably do both once you obtain an RN and definitely have more value than just working as an office support person. I do think that it is important though that you find a couple of areas in nursing that you might be interested. It will help when you have a specific goal versus just wanting to be a nurse. This board has great information on all different nursing specialties.
Good luck to you!
0Feb 1, '04 by NICU_RNwantsFLMy main advice would be to have a PASSION about WHATEVER career path you pursue. I have been a nurse < 3yrs, having made (several) mid-life career changes, and I know what it is like to work in jobs you hate. I LOVE nursing - it is a passion to me, and I wish I had pursued it 30 yrs ago.
Yes, in this economy , nursing carries more job stability than a lot of other careeers, but be aware that, while you won't starve being a nurse, you won't be drowning in $$$ either!
So if you go the nursing route, do the research, then research your HEART. Good luck to you!