before you started nursing school, or for those of you who are through - before you became a nurse... if you could handle it?
I'm a waffling pre-nursing/pre-med student, that's posted here off and on in the past... I doubt anyone remembers me.
Anyway, being realistic, I know I want to enter the medical field. I ultimately would like to go to medical school, but realize that isn't an attainable goal, financially or emotionally at the moment (I have two small children and work full-time).
I'm not considering nursing as a "second choice," and certainly don't mean to put nursing as a profession down.
I think it is a wonderfully noble profession... I'm just worried about some of the "yuck" factor involved.
Before you started nursing school, were you intimidated about the thought of caring for people's bodily functions? Changing beds, cleaning people up, etc?
I feel terrible posting, since it seems like such a shallow question, but I wonder if these fears mean that I'm really not cut out to try nursing... or if it's a process that people do go through... almost like a fear of the unknown.
I want to say that I could look at a person who was vomiting, or sick, or needed help using the restroom and realize that this is an ailing person who needs my help... rather than something gross.
I just don't know... I guess I needed a sounding board, and thought I'd post.
Hope I didn't offend anybody.. please no flames.