Relax...your concerns fit mine to a tea as a new nursing student. In fact, I think the only difference is that you're actually concerned
about your lack of experience...I didn't think it was a big deal at all that I'd never worked in health care when I started taking my pre-requisites...I thought we'd all be in the same boat:smackingf .
Bad News: It can
be very intimidating
! One of the 1st classes you're going to have to take is Anatomy & Physiology. When I took this class, I had no previous health care experience or health-related education...& this class was very intimidating to me! Not the teachers, so much...I mean, they're there
to explain things to you. It was more so the students. You know when you show up a few minutes early before an exam & everybody's huddled outside the classroom quizzing eachother? That would intimidate me more than anything
...probably very similar to how you feel when you come across words you don't recognize on this website. They would ask eachother questions that I didn't even understand & I would FREAK OUT, thinking to myself..."I don't even know what these other students are talking about...I'm going to fail this test!" Eventually, when I would show up to class, I would sit by myself at the other end of the hallway, just so I wouldn't have to listen to them. A little more bad news: 1 of my instructors now has even recognized that my lack of experience holds me back in some areas. I still don't know what a lot of the kids I'm in class with now are talking about...they've all worked in hospitals, or just have life experience (kids, etc) that I don't have.
Good news: No, experience is not
absolutely necessary. Absolutely you can do this
umpiron: . I'm doing it right now. Granted, since that A & P course, I have acquired a little bit of experience as a certified nursing assistant, but I'll bet I still have the least experience in healthcare of anyone in my program. You can
do this, but you will have to study a little more once you get into school. A lot of the material will come more naturally to other students that work in the field than it will to you, & that kinda stinks. A little more good news: even a little experience goes a long way...if this is really a concern for you, I would see about getting a job as a certified nursing assistant in a hospital, if you can. You will learn a lot!
Good Luck to You!