** I am reposting this thread here, I think this might actually be the best category for it. Apologies to everyone who may be reading it for the second time - I wasn't sure if I could move it from Nursing Career Advice area to this category, or if a mod had to**
I am new to the boards here. I am a 23-yr-old stay-at-home mom with the opportunity to begin college at this point in my life. I have had the desire to pursue nursing as a career for several years now, but the chance never presented itself until recently. I love to take care of people, spend time with others, and consider "mothering" to be one of my greatest strengths (I am blessed with three little ones). I am also academically intelligent, but less so in mathematics than in the area of the humanities. My "fears" in pursuing a career as a nurse are that I won't be able to pass the mathematical/chemistry-type courses (are they really impossible? I've heard such horror stories!), and that I would encounter situations that would cause my emotions to come into play (such as death or extreme suffering, which are inevitable in the medical profession). I don't feel that my emotions would incapacitate me in terms of work quality, but I am not sure I would be able to completely subdue them in every situation. Does nursing require that one (for lack of a better word) "conquer" her emotions for the sake of professionalism? Or is the human element of nursing what separates it from other careers? I'm sorry if this was a rambling post - I just wanted to get the ideas out on "paper." Thanks so much for your replies and even more so for your amazing work.