How do I know if I am cut out for nursing?

  1. Ladies and Gents,
    Can you please help me out with a decision. I am trying to decide whether or not I should go into nursing, first off I will let you know why I want to be a nurse.I want to be a nurse because when I was a young girl my dad was an elderly as he was 60 years of age when I was conceived. He had terrible diabetes where he had to inject needles into his flesh. I would watch carefully how he did it, one day my daddy asked me to inject the insuling for him. I told him no daddy, but he said everything will be ok, so I thought fine so I took the needle and injected it into him, I felt so needed and really enjoyed it this is when I decided that when I get out of the foster home that I would return home to take care of my dad. That day never came my dad passed on. A year down the road I decided that I want to be a nurse,
    because I am a people person and love to help people that are sick. I have candystripped as a young girl. I had met this elderly man when I was candystripping and really became attached to him. I looked forward to seeing him and feeding and grooming him on my shifts, I would read stories to him and would talk to him. One day I went back to see him and he was not there, oh the pain that hit my heart, I felt heart broken my friend was no longer there, for he had passed on
    I do reminise about the time we had spent together. I miss feeling like I made a difference in his life. God bless his soul.I am now 36 years of age. Health has always facsinated me and when ever I pass by a health book I have to pick it up to read and learn more about our health. I have also vollunteered in old folks homes as a young lady (age 15) and really enjoyed it. I loved playing games with the elderly. please let me know if I have potential to be a nurse? If not is there anything that can make or help me in my career goal?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   RN2bemommyof3
    If it is something that you have a real passion for, and it sounds like you do, then go for it!
    Good luck!
    Kimberly
  4. by   bethin
    Why not become a CNA? Most LTC facilities offer CNA classes and will pay you to take the classes. It's no cost to you and lasts about 3 weeks. But, you have to realize that being a CNA in LTC is not easy and it's not pretty. It's hard, hard work. You sound like you connect well with the elderly so maybe you'd enjoy LTC. Me, after I got my certificate I got a job on med/surg and am loving it. Taking pre reqs for nursing now.

    Good luck!
  5. by   RYNOBLASTER30
    Quote from tiffany311
    Ladies and Gents,
    Can you please help me out with a decision. I am trying to decide whether or not I should go into nursing, first off I will let you know why I want to be a nurse.I want to be a nurse because when I was a young girl my dad was an elderly as he was 60 years of age when I was conceived. He had terrible diabetes where he had to inject needles into his flesh. I would watch carefully how he did it, one day my daddy asked me to inject the insuling for him. I told him no daddy, but he said everything will be ok, so I thought fine so I took the needle and injected it into him, I felt so needed and really enjoyed it this is when I decided that when I get out of the foster home that I would return home to take care of my dad. That day never came my dad passed on. A year down the road I decided that I want to be a nurse,
    because I am a people person and love to help people that are sick. I have candystripped as a young girl. I had met this elderly man when I was candystripping and really became attached to him. I looked forward to seeing him and feeding and grooming him on my shifts, I would read stories to him and would talk to him. One day I went back to see him and he was not there, oh the pain that hit my heart, I felt heart broken my friend was no longer there, for he had passed on
    I do reminise about the time we had spent together. I miss feeling like I made a difference in his life. God bless his soul.I am now 36 years of age. Health has always facsinated me and when ever I pass by a health book I have to pick it up to read and learn more about our health. I have also vollunteered in old folks homes as a young lady (age 15) and really enjoyed it. I loved playing games with the elderly. please let me know if I have potential to be a nurse? If not is there anything that can make or help me in my career goal?
    :spin: U R ARENT. JK.
  6. by   Daytonite
    hi, tiffany311!

    it sounds to me like you have some very good reasons for becoming a nurse. here are some articles you should read to help you in making this decision. i've also included a link to a couple of sites where you can get information on nursing and how to become a nurse:

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...ers/45263.html - "ten questions to ask yourself" about nursing and if it might be right for you

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...reers/228.html - this is a career worksheet put together by college board.com (the people who write the sat and clep tests!). this is for those of you who aren't quite sure that nursing is for you and something you can do to help you make that decision.

    http://nursing.about.com/od/becomean...eforenurse.htm - "before you decide to become a nurse". things to consider about being a nurse. lots of links to information about what skills you need to become a nurse. and, what if you're really bad at math and science is discussed.

    http://nursing.about.com/od/becomean...oreveryone.htm - "nursing is not for everyone". this is a very down to earth and honest article that broadly discusses what a nurse does and what you can expect on the job as a nurse.

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...eers/8585.html - "reality checks for career planning". this is about remaining flexible and exploring your options as you are still working toward making a decision about your career.

    http://www.discovernursing.com/

    http://www.awhonn.org/ncc/student.htm - a very nice information page from the association of women's health, obstetric and neonatal nurses on being a nurse, salary you can expect to make, types of nursing degrees, nursing specialties with weblinks to some of the major professional nursing organizations, the nurse reinvestment act, and some information and how to search for scholarships and financial aid.

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm - about registered nursing from the u.s. department of labor

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm - about lpn nursing from the u.s. department of labor

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos165.htm - information on nursing assistants (cna) from the u.s. department of labor

    welcome to allnurses!
  7. by   Alois Wolf
    Tiffany, from the sounds of it you REALLY would be an excellent nurse/cna. Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure you're the type of person that will excell in whatever it is. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you follow your dreams. Personaly, I think you would benefit more from a LTC as a CNA because they get to spend more time with the clients than nursing staff do (at least where I work, other LTC facilities may be different)... but again, whatever your choice I have a feeling you won't regret it.

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