After many years of knowing what I wanted to do, I turned in my application to nursing school. I have a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, but I had always wanted to go into nursing. My mom was a nurse, but she told me that I couldn't do it... I've resented her for saying that every time I open the page and look at all the jobs for nursing, every time I've visited a hospital and seen all the hard work that nurses do. I don't have any idealistic thoughts about nursing. I work as a labor doula (professional childbirth assistant) and know firsthand the work of the nurse.
My mom has recently had a change of heart, and it's with her blessings I've turned in my application to a BSN program. However, as I was walking out of the nursing office at the university, I looked at all the haggered students and briefly thought, "Exactly what am I possibly getting in to??"
Could someone suggest a good book for a student nurse? Something that encompasses the essence of nursing, one that explains all the areas that nurses can work in, what to expect during the first year of nursing school and beyond, the pros and cons of being a nurse, the differences in scope of practice between a BSN and a ADN (I'm applying to a school that offers that degree as well - that will be later this year), etc. If someone could recommend such a book to me, I'd be extremely grateful. I've looked online at some books at Amazon
, and they didn't seem to be the ones I was looking for. I thought I'd ask a group of people who knew the field, and maybe you all would know what I'm looking for.
FWIW, I plan on going to get my BSN (if I make it into this school - they accept 25 students a year with 100+ applying - that's why I'm also applying for the ADN school), and afterwards I'd love to work in L&D, NICU, Nursery, or Mother/Baby (in that order). However, I feel that I'm possibly overlooking other opportunities outside of the hospital. That's why I'd like a book that can explain some of the opportunities outside of hospital work - everything NURSING.
Thank you to all that reply. I REALLY appreciate it!