Medical Background

  1. I AM JUST WANDERING. I HAVE BEEN IN THE MEDICAL FIELD SINCE 1993. WENT THRU MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM. WILL THE RN PROGRAM BE DIFFICULT FOR ME OR WILL IT BE KINDA LIKE A REFRESHER COURSE? MY SISTER IS IN HER 3 YEAR OF RN AND SHE IS HAVING A TREMENDOUS PROBLEM. SHE DOES NOT HAVE MUCH MEDICAL BACKGROUND. ANY ADVICE
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   GPatty
    Medical Assistant is not like RN.
    I thought with being a CNA for so long, that LPN would be a breeze. It wasn't.
    It's a new ball game. You must study and study hard.
    Medical background is good, but nursing school is a butt kicking program and you should definitely be prepared for anything that may come your way!
    Good Luck to you...

    Julie
  4. by   HISSYTHECAT
    Is it better to do part time or full-time? I am starting out part-time cause I am working full-time.
  5. by   l.rae
    l was and LPN when l went for my RN.....it made some basic classes easier...but the higher level classes and some of the scienced were still very difficult....one of the advantages of LPN was that l was well aquainted with the screwy way they tests nurses....one obviously wrong answer....and three right answers....which answer is the ''most'' correct? takes some getting used to...only you can answer about full/part time...good luck........LR
  6. by   Rena RN 2003
    nursing programs are a world unto themselves. there is no other major that can compare.

    as to whether part- or full-time......only you can answer that.

    personally, i would ditch the job if being a nurse is what you really want to do. nursing is hard enough by itself but if you add a full time job, it just gets that much harder, IMO.

    i'm in my 4th rotation and we've lost 7 people just because they weren't willing to give up some hours at work and devote more time to nursing.

    best of luck in whatever you do.
  7. by   HISSYTHECAT
    I appreciate your answer but where I am currently working, has tuition reimbursement. I know that alot of people don't like that but I look at this way. I have a job when I get out. Plus when I went to school last fall, I quit my full time job and got really behind on bills by just working on weekends.
  8. by   RNIAM
    I just wanted to wish you good luck. If you can lose the job I would do it. Just remember one day at a time. You will make it.
  9. by   HISSYTHECAT
    I really appreciate those words. In some ways I am kinda excited. My boyfriend is behind me. But i am wandering for how long.
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by hissythecat
    i really appreciate those words. in some ways i am kinda excited. my boyfriend is behind me. but i am wandering for how long.
    much success to you!
  11. by   TCW
    If you have the luxury of not working and going to school then take advantage of that. However, it does not seem like you do, but I know plenty of people who went thru nursing school while working full-time. It can be done. You have to use every minute of your day wisely and give up some activities until you are finished with school.

    I will be working full-time and going to school because I have to. I know it is going to be horrendous at times, but I believe I can do it and so can anyone else. Good luck!

    Tonya
  12. by   emily_mom
    My friend is an MA going for RN. She had Micro and Pharm, so that has helped her, but she's still struggling in her theory and stuff. But, hand her a needle, and she's in seventh heaven!

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