future nurse in disstress. Help needed!

  1. some please help!I have been reading all the posted comments on the site in regards to the career switch. I am a full time student who is aspiring to become a nurse but I also have a love for teaching. my heart and mind are both torturing me causing me great confusion in making my career decisions. I'm posting this because I don't know any nurses who can give any real advice on the nursing perfession. The people I do know in the medical field are CNA's who think I should become a nurse because the salary is good. I really don't know what to do and I'm just looking for someone to place a little light on the real situation of being a nurse, I would like to know the good, the bad, and indifferent.

    Thank you in advance to all that reply.
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  3. by   LPN4Life
    I answered you on the other post and asked if you had considered the idea of being a school nurse?
    I think that would be the best of both worlds:hatparty:
  4. by   futurenurse01
    Thank you for your suggestion, I'm going to talk to my school advisor about it.
  5. by   LPN4Life
    Both nursing and teaching are very rewarding careers, I have often thought I would like to (when I get older) become a nursing instructor, that is also an option. The best thing about nursing is the wide range of options and specialty areas that are available.
    And the biggest PLUS to nursing is all the peeps you meet on this board, teachers don't have that kinda love
  6. by   futurenurse01
    I never thought about becoming a nursing instructor, that's something I'll also bring up to my advisor. and your right teachers don't get this kinda of sport from thier peers. Thanks so much
  7. by   Stitchie
    You will also do much education with your patients; don't forget that. True, it isn't so much the classical standing -in-front-of-third-graders, but you will have moments when patients say,"Thanks! No one ever told me that before. Now it all makes sense to me and I won't eat an entire chocolate cream pie on my 1200-a-day calorie diabetic diet!"

    ...and those moments will make you shout with joy.

    There is also nurse educators, clinical nurse educators who sorta teach new nurses what the place is all about, and nurses who just do teaching, like diabetic educators.

    You will find your niche. Go for it!
  8. by   LPN4Life
    Quote from Stitchie
    You will also do much education with your patients; don't forget that. True, it isn't so much the classical standing -in-front-of-third-graders, but you will have moments when patients say,"Thanks! No one ever told me that before. Now it all makes sense to me and I won't eat an entire chocolate cream pie on my 1200-a-day calorie diabetic diet!"

    ...and those moments will make you shout with joy.

    There is also nurse educators, clinical nurse educators who sorta teach new nurses what the place is all about, and nurses who just do teaching, like diabetic educators.

    You will find your niche. Go for it!
    Your right nurses wear many many hats...........:hatparty:
  9. by   Dixiecup
    I never had the luxury of choosing a career because it apealed to me. I went into nursing for one reason only--job security! Well I certainly got that ; :although the things I really love to do would only pay about six dollars an hour! :
  10. by   zenman
    Get a quarter and toss it. Notice your reaction to the results. There's your answer; works every time!
  11. by   Town & Country
    Be a teacher. I wish I was.

    You can't be a nurse if you're a nurse.
  12. by   purplemania
    I had the same dilemma and chose nursing and do not regret it. EVERY nurse is an educator. If you can devise innovative ways to do patient education, or to become a hospital educator (after clinical experience) or certified diabetes educator (conducts public and private patient classes)---lots of ways to be educator and nurse---then you will feel fulfilled in both arenas.
  13. by   futurenurse01
    thank you everyone who has responded to my post. i WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK YOU GUYS SOMEMORE QUESTIONS.....(HERE GOES). I have done the research for teachers salarys in New York(which is where I live) and the starting pay is 39,000 with your BA and less than 6 month experience. I'm not as sure as what nurses make as a starting salary. Also I know the type of work teachers do and what is basically expected from them, yet I'm not as clear as to what exactly nurses job description's are. The only people I know in the medical field are CNA's , and the say RN's do mostly paper work. This to me is hard to belive and in my search for truthful and valid answers I came here. Thanks again guys for your support. ***P.S**** The type of work I do now while attending school is teaching company policys to new hires in a retail company. My title is Trainer.
  14. by   Nur_1996
    I'm a school nurse. I love the kids, and the schedule. But had to get some hospital experience under my belt first.

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