AS you can tell from my name, I am undecided as to whether or not to pursue nursing. The BB here have me turned off but i realize that it is a venting board for all you nurses to release your frustrations.
A little bit about myself first; I am 36, married, with three children ages 11, 8 , 4. This will be a secong career for me. I have a BA and worked in the insurance industry as an adjuster and litigation consultant fo many years.
WHy am I considering nursing? I love medicine. I love learning about it . I love the dynamics of being/working in a hospital. It is a whole world unto itself. I have been a patient in a hospital many times and I found it fascinating. I want a job were I will never be bored and will continue to stimulate my intellect. I would also like to feel good about myself at the end of the day knowing that I may have helped someone in even a very small way.
I have been exploring various medical careers since I left my full time employment in 1996. At first, I was intent on Physical Therapy since that combines my love of fitness and medicine. For various reasons , I decided not to pursue that field.
I applied to the nursing program at the local comminuty colledge. the program is a two year evening program that starts this Jan. I am now completing all my science prerequesits. I think my chances of getting in are very good but I am not sure if I will accept a seat.
Why am I hesitant? To tell you the truth, I am sure how good I would be dealing with all types of people. I am somewhat of an introvert. I hate making small talk. I make friends easily but it takes me a while to feel really comfortable with some one. I think I appear a little stanoffish. I don't mean to . I can be a bit shy and it takes me some time to warm up to new people. In a professional enviroment, it may be different since I would be forced to talk to patients. Still, though I may feel compassion for the patients, I am not sure if I would be able to show it. I am definately not a touchy , feely sort of person.
I am attracted to nursing because of all the different areas that one can go into. I really do not want to do bedside nursing . I am not sure if I can deal with all the day to day disguisting things that nurses have to do.
I was wondering if there was a place for me in nursing? I was thinking of going straight for nurse practitioner of physician assistant. That is ultimately what I would like to do. Not so much hand holding and caring for basic everyday needs. I would like a job where I could educate people on how to take better care of themselves and avoid illness. I would like to be able to make diagnosises and prescribe treatments. Maybe Pubic health? I was also looking into occupational nurse or nursing informatics. I love learning about illnesses and medicine and I love doing research.
Are there any areas of nursing were I would fit in? Could you graduate from nursing school and go directly into these areas without any bedside nursing experience?
Thanks for your input.
Sep 26, '02
What was wrong with the insurance industry? Isn't there room in that field, like in claims, to utilize medical knowledge and interests?
In all likelihood, at least your first few years in nursing would be exactly what you don't like: "handholding and caring for basic everyday needs." The NP or PA positions you are talking about require a lot more training and education and time and money than RN positions and the advantage of a PA program is that you could enter directly into it, instead of doing an RN program first.
Last edit by sjoe on Sep 26, '02