my dream job seems impossible to get

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    Hi all who will listen!

    I have literally made myself sick with anxiety over this. After graduating with a non-nursing degree, I worked for a year and realized that what I really want is to work with women, babies, and children. I want to be a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Midwife. I am already almost 24 years old and by the time I reached this goal, I would be what - 35? If that young, indeed. But that's not really what concerns me. It seems that everyone I talk to about nursing is wanting to be a NP, so would that mean that by the time I'm done - we'll all have NPs and be staff nurses anyway? Isn't this a valid concern. I want to reach my goal so badly, but it all seems so impossible.
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    I think you need to do a little research....you can do a direct entry program if you have a bachelor's in something else and receive your NP within 3 years. Stop stressing and start researching.
    Purple_Scrubs, poopprincess, xtxrn, and 14 others like this.
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    I'm in Arkansas and there aren't any around me. I live in an area where I can get ADN or BSN. I was rejected for ADN and am working on Chemistry (only pre-req I don't have) and hope to get BSN. Don't you have to work before NP in your chosen area or at least in a similar area?
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    Hi. No, you don't have to work as an RN before getting your NP. Here in MA I have several coworkers who went into direct entry programs, got their RN after a year in the program (happens standard), and worked as an RN while they finished the NP portion of the program. They weren't required to work as a staff nurse during school, they chose to for the experience.
    melmarie23 and such_sweet_sorrow like this.
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    Oh man, I wish I lived somewhere that I could do it. I'm in a situation where I cannot afford to move... and the only option for me to move faster through is to get my MSN via bridge program (and, but it still requires an ADN. Waiting for that might take longer than just getting a second bachelors degree. And I may decide to pursue a Ph.D. and skip masters... too many options! and theeeennn I hope that there is a need for me when it's said and done.
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    Everybody says they want to be an NP... and I'll bet 90% of them never do it.
    Where there is a will, there is a way.
    Have you talked to a counselor?
    Also, anything worth having is worth all the time, work and effort.
    Don't whine here...
    Get your butt in gear!
    lol
    xtxrn, diva rn, Marshall1, and 10 others like this.
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    i am in a adn program and like you want to be a nurse midwife. i originally thought i wanted to be an np but after some research and talking to some np and midwife program counselors i decided that the np was not want i wanted. i learned that as a midwife you can still have your own patients, prescribe drugs (depending on your state) and deliver babies! i am super excited, but i have a long way to go! i am 23 now and will graduate in december i plan to apply for the bsn then msn program in midwifery. you can do anything you set your mind it! the first step- become an rn!
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Everybody says they want to be an NP... and I'll bet 90% of them never do it.
    Where there is a will, there is a way.
    Have you talked to a counselor?
    Also, anything worth having is worth all the time, work and effort.
    Don't whine here...
    Get your butt in gear!
    lol
    Heh, you remind me of how when I was in nursing school all the majority of my classmates wanted was to be CRNA's, so over half of them got ICU jobs out of school. You know what happened? Most of them found out that they hated ICU.


    I second the advice for the OP to look into a direct entry program. If that is not an option, what about an accelerated BSN program? That would at least shave 2 years off.
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    It's not impossible if you want it and take steps to get there. Lots of people say they want to do things, but they do not have the drive and/or formulate and execute a plan.

    What works for me: Write out your goals for 1 year, 5 year, and 10 years (or other timeframes that you have). I generally make 10 year goals super extravagant because they are so far off that they are kind of dreams in their own right - for me, things like owning a nice house with land or traveling to Europe with a comfortable amount of money and time. It's nice to look back and goals you've set and accomplished, and it will increase self-confidence. Nursing is sometimes too science-y for my creative self, so I scrapbooked my goals using paint and various colors, pictures, and textures last time.
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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone! It seems the best I can do is hope to get into the BSN program starting January, finish it and see what my school options are.. I keep telling myself that you have to try in order to fail and who knows, success may be waiting..

    this is my dream job! so why not go for it? It's just hard to keep my chin up these days.


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