Introducing Myself

  1. Hi everyone!!

    I posted a couple posts on medical missions and decided I should probably introduce myself! I am currently going to school for nursing, working on my NA right now and very excited! Some friends said to skip over NA, but I figured if I can't do that I shouldn't be a nurse and I am always up for new things!

    I am alittle scared of what to do after I am a NA, alot of colleges here will only admit LPN's into their ADN programs, and I have read and taken in alot of your posts and feel I would rather go for RN right away, but it may not be possible. I do have a very LIMITED experience as a nurse, if you read the missions post I did some nursing in Haiti that you would need a degree here to do, an awesome and amazing experience and I hope to do it again.

    I love learning and am pretty open but I do want to specialize, I was thinking forensic nursing (SANE), Neonatal or Oncology. If anyone has some reccomendations, advice anything!! I would love to hear it as I am only beginning!

    Some basic facts, I'm from Minnesota and a 23 year old female!!

    Addy

    BTW I know I will have some schooling questions later on, about degrees and so on, if there is anyone willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   ucavalpn
    Hi Addy , Welcome . Nice to "meet you". No advice to offer , but feel free to ask any questions and I will try to help.
  4. by   bassbird
    Hi Addy, welcome to the boards.

    Getting your NA first is a good idea, if fact I believe all of the programs in the twin cities require it. It is a good way to get your feet wet and see if you really like nursing.

    Where are you located in MN? The AD programs that I know of don't just accept LPN's. I am at Normandale and we have a bridge program for the LPN's so they attend class in the summer and join the second year students in the fall. Out of ~80 students I would say we have ~ 25 LPN's.

    As far as what field you want to go in to, you may very well choose one of the three you listed. Be open minded in your clinicals, you may very well find something that just "feels right" to you.

    Good luck in school and email me if you have any questions about Normandale.

    -Roberta
  5. by   Adelai
    Thanks Sherrie and Roberta!!

    Roberta~

    Right now I am located in Albert lea, MN where I will get my NA. But I will be relocating to Alexandria, MN. In looking at some colleges there Fergus Falls and St. Cloud community colleges only offer ADn to already liscened LPNS, and those towns are each about an hour away. And Alexandria only has LPN. If you know of anything around there or anyone who lived their and what they did I would love to know. I was thinking of just choosing where I want to go then making the commute, but for some reason I have a feeling I would hate it!!

    Thanks!

    Addy
  6. by   Furball
    Originally posted by Adelai
    Hi everyone!!

    I posted a couple posts on medical missions and decided I should probably introduce myself! I am currently going to school for nursing, working on my NA right now and very excited! Some friends said to skip over NA, but I figured if I can't do that I shouldn't be a nurse and I am always up for new things!

    I am alittle scared of what to do after I am a NA, alot of colleges here will only admit LPN's into their ADN programs, and I have read and taken in alot of your posts and feel I would rather go for RN right away, but it may not be possible. I do have a very LIMITED experience as a nurse, if you read the missions post I did some nursing in Haiti that you would need a degree here to do, an awesome and amazing experience and I hope to do it again.

    I love learning and am pretty open but I do want to specialize, I was thinking forensic nursing (SANE), Neonatal or Oncology. If anyone has some reccomendations, advice anything!! I would love to hear it as I am only beginning!

    Some basic facts, I'm from Minnesota and a 23 year old female!!

    Addy

    BTW I know I will have some schooling questions later on, about degrees and so on, if there is anyone willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    You can do it! I started taking pre-reg's while working in a grocery store! I then became a CNA later on during schoolwhich was great experience. I had zero medical experience and got straight A;'s in a competitive school.

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Introducing Myself