I really want to pursue nursing but I have so many doubts... - page 3

So I'm a junior in high school, and it's my dream to become a nurse. I want to pursue this career because I love helping people, I love seeing smiles on people's faces, I want to make a direct impact... Read More

  1. by   future_nurse_d
    Quote from Horseshoe
    That is a BLATANT lie. There are thousands upon THOUSANDS of posts here on AN about the negatives involved in nursing. They are in every forum, on every page.
    People share negatives about nursing all the time. One could simply look them up.

    OP, go for it! ��
    Last edit by dianah on Jan 8, '17 : Reason: Terms of Service
  2. by   LessValuableNinja
    Quote from Lightning90
    Nursing isnt that great. Youre basically just babysitting a bunch of people.

    These sound like the words of someone who recently received nursing school rejection letters?
  3. by   LessValuableNinja
    Quote from NoSoyEnfAhora
    We do have a health academy, but they do not have the option of becoming a CNA. Also, don't you need to be 18 to be a CNA?
    According to the CA community college system, it's 16: California Statewide Health Occupations Directory - Certified Nurse Assistant
  4. by   bfletch
    You sound very much like me. I graduated high school last year and immediately dove head first into LPN school. I too am a...rather lazy creature, my dad paid for what scholarships didn't cover, and I am not an aggressive person by any means. I will tell you (I'm halfway through school - actually just had my first day in the hospital) if I can do it, you can too! I don't know if you're a shy person, but I am, and I've learned that the more you do and experience, in regards to clinicals, the more confident you get. I would have a serious talk with your parents; explain why you want to be a nurse, why this choice is better for you than what they want (they aren't you, after all. This choice effects you much more than it does them in the end), and if it comes down to it, ask what you can do to prove that you are serious about this and that it's truly not a phase.
    LPN school has been tough for sure, I won't lie, but I know that it will be worth it! I wish you the very best no matter what you decide to do.
  5. by   emmjayy
    I want to speak to the "you're too nice and not aggressive enough" piece of your post.... I am a very nice person. That has been nothing but an asset for me (so far... I'm only 1 semester in to nursing school and about a month into my first healthcare-related job as a nurse assistant at a hospital). My patients have all responded well to me - and so have the other healthcare team members I've worked with. Niceness and a cheerful personality is never a bad thing.

    Also, nurses do not need to be aggressive, they need to be assertive (well.... maybe they have to be aggressive sometimes). There's a difference between the two, though. As a 16 year old, you probably haven't had a lot of opportunities to practice being assertive in stressful real world situations - that's normal. When I was 16, I wouldn't have said boo to a goose, much less relentlessly tracked down and interrupted a busy charge nurse to report a patient's chest pain like I did yesterday. Some of the soft skills you'll need in order to be successful as a nurse will come to you with time and experience and not having those things right now is in no way a reason for you to not pursue this career!
  6. by   Barmherzigkeit
    Go for it! Just by reading your post, I can tell you are an intelligent and caring person. My sister knew she wanted to be a nurse at age 10 and she has never been sorry. She worked as a floor nurse for several years, obtained her Masters degree, and now she is the Director of Clinical Education at a major hospital. I'm applying to nursing school myself and hope to start this summer. It's the first chance I've ever had to be able to do exactly what I want, and nursing is it. Follow your dream - do what you love and love what you do. I admire you for knowing what you want to do early on. Good luck! :-)