I have an unusual question to ask regarding nursing.
I've wanted to be a nurse since I was in grade school. After high school, marriage and family obligations took over and I never was able to go. After my youngest son graduated from college last June, I decided it was finally my turn!
I am about half way finished with my pre-req's and will be eligible to apply to nursing school
in about a year. Last summer, I took a CNA course and just fell in love with working with my residents....even the "unpleasant" tasks were no problem.
Okay here is my question...... has anyone ever encountered a height requirement for nursing school?? The reason I ask this is that I am a small person at 4'8". I had aboslutely no problem as a CNA and made sure to double up for lifts or use a mechanical lift (policy per resident home). Though small, I am evenly proportioned, have a rather large skeletal structure and am quite strong.
Originally, my plan was to get my LVN and then later go for my ADN. The school for LVN had no problems with my height nor did the facility I trained at to be a CNA. However, I decided I might just as well go for the RN right away. In Nursing School Orientation, nothing about height was mentioned and also there is no mention of a height requirement in the Nursing Handbook on-line.
My grades for my pre-req's have been good.... A's and B's except for one C in Political Science...... missed a B by 2 points! The college I will be applying to uses a lottery system because they are so impacted by applications.
I'm hesitating to speak to them directly about his too soon as I do not want to plant a seed of doubt regarding the issue.
Any insight in this area would be greatly appreciated. If you work with a short person, is there anything that comes to mind that they do to compensate for their short stature.
Thanks so much!!!