I want to become a nurse

  1. hi
    i discovered about 1 year ago that i wanted to become a nurse. i am finishing my last months of middle school and in august im going to be a freshman in high school. we toured the high school monday and it is huge . i found out that they have a healthcare as an elective . so then all of the 8th graders and there parents got to see the high school that following thursday and i got to see the lady in charge of the healthcare elective. she said that in my senior year of high school if i stay in her class the ebtire 4 years of high school that i could become a cna (certified nurse assistant) i think and i could go work for the hospital here. so its all stressful but fun. i just wanted to know do you have to be good in math? because for the year i have an a average in math but i think this semester im going to have a b in all my academics. ive always been on th honor roll my whole life. im sure if i was to study harder that i could have an a in math so for my 4th 9 weeks of school im going to work my butt off and make a honor roll. i want to become an rn when i graduate from college. i need all the advice i could get.
    love,
    future_rn
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Sounds like you're on the right track! Good luck!

    Those Math grades are definately good enough to become a nurse. Yes, you have to be good in math and algerbra to be a nurse.

    Good luck!
  4. by   orrnlori
    You may very well change your mind a hundred times between now and graduation. My suggestion to you is to take all the college prep classes in high school that you can get your hands on. Math is not the only topic you need to do well at, writing is very very important, so is science. This will prepare you for whatever you want to do in life. Always try to work to your highest potential in every class. But mostly, enjoy these coming years. It will be the best time of your life.
  5. by   MrsWampthang
    Quote from future_rn
    hi
    i discovered about 1 year ago that i wanted to become a nurse. i am finishing my last months of middle school and in august im going to be a freshman in high school. we toured the high school monday and it is huge . i found out that they have a healthcare as an elective . so then all of the 8th graders and there parents got to see the high school that following thursday and i got to see the lady in charge of the healthcare elective. she said that in my senior year of high school if i stay in her class the ebtire 4 years of high school that i could become a cna (certified nurse assistant) i think and i could go work for the hospital here. so its all stressful but fun. i just wanted to know do you have to be good in math? because for the year i have an a average in math but i think this semester im going to have a b in all my academics. ive always been on th honor roll my whole life. im sure if i was to study harder that i could have an a in math so for my 4th 9 weeks of school im going to work my butt off and make a honor roll. i want to become an rn when i graduate from college. i need all the advice i could get.
    love,
    future_rn
    sounds like you're grades are excellent so far. go gettem!

    p.s. like someone else said, you may change your mind between now and then, but whatever you decide to do go for it!!!!! sounds like you will do great in whatever you choose!

    pam
  6. by   NurseRatchet26
    My advice to you is take all the Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy (science basically)that you can. Biggest advice though is try not to get too wrapped up in boys and lose sight of your goals and end up neglecting your schoolwork, I did and have regretted it. I could have been an honor roll student if I had not let my hormones lead me. Don't let anyone tell you that you are too young to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. I had already decided when I was a Freshman in High School that I was going to be a nurse. Its taken a bit longer for me to get to RN than I wanted ( I am an LPN at present) but I am getting there) Go for it! :spin:
    Tammy
    Last edit by NurseRatchet26 on Mar 6, '04
  7. by   Future_RN
    Hi
    I am allowed to take college prep classes or tech college classes. I know I wont be able to take college prep classes in all my classes because my grade arent high enough although they are b`s and a`s. So will it be ok for me to take college prep classes my second year of high school. I need 22 credits to graduate. So its all confusing. Im not even worried about boys because all ive been thinking about is college and schoolwork. I dont study as much as I should because if I did I would be on the A honor roll. But its hard when you have lots of homework and want some free time to yourself every now and then.
    Love
    Future_RN
  8. by   MJ-12
    Hi Future_RN,

    It seems like you are headed in the right direction.
    I'm not sure if you already have but also try shadowing a RN to make sure that this is what you really want. Also if you have any other majors in mind, now is the time to see what is out there.

    But if becoming a RN is what you really want to do, then you are on the right track.
    Definitly when you are in college take the basic science classes like chem, bio, anatomy, etc.

    The may is just algebra, nothing higher than pre-calc.
    Also for a BSN you might have to take a statistics class.

    Other than that thats basically all the core classes that you have to take.

    Good luck,
    MJ
  9. by   orrnlori
    My son graduated from high school 2 years ago. He was an A and B student and he was able to take all college prep classes. I think the best thing for you to do is talk to your high school counsellor. They can advise you better than we can. Each school has their own rules about what to take and in what order. Talk to them, they will help you. And come here when you have questions about nursing, we will always take time to talk with you.
  10. by   Agnus
    Sounds like you are doing exactly the right things. You are putting your all into what you are doing in school. That can only result it opening any doors you may wish to pass though.

    Math is important. It is not somthing that you need to sweat over though. B's are just fine. Math is not as important as it is in many areas but still a requisit. Actual usage of math on a day to day basis is pretty basic. However, to undrstand chemistry and some of the other sciences that you will take you need a fairly good grounding in math.

    I am wondering if your health care program is directed toward college prep. It almost sounds like it is not. Becomming a CNA is great experience and great exposure to health care and nursing but the requirements for CNA can be met in 150 hours of school and on the job experience combined. It is hardly the hight tech, high science college prep education that you would benefit from if you are truly set on something better for yourself.

    CNA is a (I was a CNA) job that is considered non skilled or minimumally skilled. It is hardly a profession, it is one where you will constantly be struggling financially. It does not even require a high school education.

    Please, make sure that you included some serious acedemic prepartation in you HS classes. This is a school to work program. This may be good depending on you circumstance but you sound like a serious student and could probably do much better for your self by seeking out a college prep program instead or with this program.

    College prep will open more and different doors, especially when you become a CNA and discover the acutal job is nothing like you imagined. You may love it. And you could to your suprise discover you hate it.
  11. by   Future_RN
    Quote from Agnus
    Sounds like you are doing exactly the right things. You are putting your all into what you are doing in school. That can only result it opening any doors you may wish to pass though.

    Math is important. It is not somthing that you need to sweat over though. B's are just fine. Math is not as important as it is in many areas but still a requisit. Actual usage of math on a day to day basis is pretty basic. However, to undrstand chemistry and some of the other sciences that you will take you need a fairly good grounding in math.

    I am wondering if your health care program is directed toward college prep. It almost sounds like it is not. Becomming a CNA is great experience and great exposure to health care and nursing but the requirements for CNA can be met in 150 hours of school and on the job experience combined. It is hardly the hight tech, high science college prep education that you would benefit from if you are truly set on something better for yourself.

    CNA is a (I was a CNA) job that is considered non skilled or minimumally skilled. It is hardly a profession, it is one where you will constantly be struggling financially. It does not even require a high school education.

    Please, make sure that you included some serious acedemic prepartation in you HS classes. This is a school to work program. This may be good depending on you circumstance but you sound like a serious student and could probably do much better for your self by seeking out a college prep program instead or with this program.

    College prep will open more and different doors, especially when you become a CNA and discover the acutal job is nothing like you imagined. You may love it. And you could to your suprise discover you hate it.
    I know but you dont understand me I dont think. When I am a senior in high school my teacher will allow me to become a cna but when its time to go to college I am becoming an rn. You see I figured that while im in high school I could have a job similar to the one I will have in the future. The cna is just a job that I can make money while I go to college not my permanant job. I am going to become an rn.
    Love,
    Future_RN
  12. by   Future_RN
    Hey,
    I just wanted to say thanks for the encouragement.
    Future_RN
  13. by   CVnurse08
    Something else that is offered where I live in selected highschools is a program called HOSA ( Health Occupational Students of America ). It is a really great program and I wish it was offered at my high school. They train you and then at the completion of the program you are able to do an externship at the hospital and get paid for it. There is a website too but not sure what it is. Maybe just type HOSA in your search engine or google.com.
    But I would talk to your high school guidance counselor about it. I wish I had gotten to do it.

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