Need advice on whether to pursue nursing

  1. Okay, here is my situation. I am supposed to start an ADN RN program in August (2 year program). I have worked in the medical field all my life but not "hands-on". I work from home as a urology transcriptionist and I am very comfortable with it, but it's just part-time money.. nothing I could make a living from. With all of these posts I have been reading on whether or not nurses would go back into nursing if they had to do it all over again... most nurses are saying "No" that they wouldn't. I guess this is worrying me because I don't know what to expect. I am 39 years old too. My question for everyone out there is, should I go through with the nursing program or spend the next two years getting my Bachelor's in something like health studies or social work... the ADN program would take 2 years and so would finishing my Bachelor's in something, as I have over three years of college already under my belt. I dunno. Please help! Thanks! :spin:
    Last edit by ijuanabhappy on Jun 13, '08 : Reason: added a word
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  3. by   2006RNCS
    The most important question to ask yourself: Do I think being a nurse is what I want to do? Only you can answer that question. Nursing is tough. It is tough emotionally and physically. But, most days I am so glad I became a nurse. I graduated with my ADN at 38. I have been a nurse for 2 years. I am about to go back and get my BSN, and hopefully MSN someday. I am in management, and I just accepted a new job at a great ALF, with travel opportunities, and room for growth. My goal is to become a DON or executive director at an ALF. My passion lies with the elderly. I really want to make a difference in their lives.

    Some days are harder than others. I have had days where I want to pull my hair out. I have days that bring me to tears, of sadness, and of joy. I have days that I feel like I am making a difference, and I have days that I feel like I am going nowhere. When a resident reaches out and kisses my hand, or tells me they love me, or gives me a sweet hug, it is all worth it. Good nurses are soooo..... needed.

    If you really think you have been called to be a nurse, please know you will have good and bad days, but hopefully a lot more good days than bad. Maybe you can arrange to shadow a nurse in a hospital, or visit a LTC or ALF to see what interests you most.

    Let us know what you decide. Take care and Good Luck!heartbeat:heartbeat
    Last edit by 2006RNCS on Jun 13, '08 : Reason: misspelled word
  4. by   ijuanabhappy
    Thanks for your post. I have a passion for the elderly myself. I would love to make their lives more enriched. That is why I was possibly considering social work in a LTC.

    I will let you know what I decide. Thanks again!
  5. by   wonderbee
    It's something you have to experience to be able to make that decision. The only way to find out is to jump in and test the waters. Take a part time job as a student nursing assistant when you get enough clinical time under your belt. I was able to work after I finished my first semester of the core program. You'll get a feel for what will be demanded of you and how you respond. Let me put it this way, how will you feel if you don't give it a shot?
  6. by   Becca608
    That depends....

    Are you looking for a JOB or answering a call?

    Are you looking for a JOB or pursuing a passion to make a difference?

    If you are looking for a JOB that pays well, then nursing may not be for you. If you are honestly trying to do your little share everyday to make the world a slightly better place for just one person, then nursing may be for you.

    Just my . I just graduated and am amazed at the number of people there that were only interested in the money. I'm happy if I have enough to pay my bills and little left.

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