Several things are making me consider dropping nursing school - page 2

I'm 3 weeks away from ending my first semester at my nursing program and I am not looking forward to next semester. Things have not been going so great for me and I am starting to feel very stressed out and unhappy. I just feel... Read More

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    It seems you have a lot going on in your life, that perhaps are major contributing factors with not wanting to continue in your current path. Please take the time to re-evaluate your situation. I'd start by writing down the pros and cons on whether to continue or not. Make sure to realistically take into consideration all aspects that would impact your future.

    I wish I could offer more solutions. There's always light at the end of the tunnel. It may take awhile to find the light....but its there. Whichever path you choose to of luck to you! God bless!

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    if not nursing then what? That is what you have to consider. I read that some PA's do not take the nursing route, they go the EMT and paramedic route to get their experience, those courses are a lot shorter but with low grades you might end up looking at an expensive private PA school. And acutally some PA programs are only 2 years if you already have a bachelor degree. Since you finish your first semester check local hospitals for nurse tech positions...
    Just know that your decision will get no easier 10 years later when you find your self all of a sudden married then kids start coming and u got a mortagage and bills piling up. My sister was in a similar situation when she was younger,she had no clue what to do, she just went to nursing school cause her aunt told her to try it,she sucked at math but she stuck it out. Years later in her 30's she's now happy with her decision to stay with it, she now makes more than twice her husband salary and is able to do things she always wanted.
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    My two cents.

    You tell us you struggled in undergrad with bad grade and can't go to med school because of them.

    Are you currently in a NP program? BSN? ASN? LPN?

    NP programs, PA programs, and med school are all very competitive or admission. Are you sure you could get into a NP/PA program without retaking pre-reqs to boost your GPA?

    From other posts it seems that you are struggling a bit with skills and theoretical material. All three NP/PA/MD programs are going to require a serious level of commitment to learning both theoretical material and practical skills.
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    Thanks for the comments everyone. I couldn't help, but notice that someone mentioned that I thought nursing was beneath me and this is definitely not the case. Like I mentioned before, I respect nurses a lot and it is clear to me that they do a lot way more than other health care professionals (in my opinion).

    The money issue is causing me the most amount of stress. I recently found out that I can actually apply for a student job at a hospital so that has really helped my mood. We recently had a simulation and I got complimented by a tutor on my head-to-toe assessment and it surprised me how a simple thing like that could motivate me so much. Things are starting to look better, so I apologize for my sudden outburst and I once again thank everyone for their advice and support.

    I do have a question, but feel that making a new topic isn't worth it. I can work in OB or surgery in my job position; can anyone give me pros and cons to each?
    Last edit by samrusrn on Nov 29, '12
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    Which field -- OB or Surgery -- appeals to you more? When you envision yourself as a nurse, what type of nurse do you see as the best fit for you? Both specialties are popular, making them hard to get into because of the competition. So you should think carefully before choosing.

    Do you see yourself being happy in OB? Does the whole pregnant women, new babies, delivery, etc. appreal to you? For some people, it's the main reason they become nurses. They are really into that sort of stuff. But other people feel out of place in that environment.

    The same can be said for Surgery. It is often highly technical and a less "touchy-feely" than OB. Does that appeal to you more? (I am guessing that it does ... but I might be wrong.)
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    Yeah, I thought surgery would be best for me, but I don't actually know...I'm a first semester student so I haven't been in OB yet. I heard you either hate or love OB, so I honestly do not know. If I get to see surgeries, that would be great and I feel like I would learn more? I've only been in Med-Surg this semester, so I only know how that is. Before I entered the program, I thought ER or Surgery would be better for me.
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    What I started out wanting in school was the last thing I wanted when I was done with school.....keep your options open!
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    You either have to learn a skilled trade, take a low paying job with upward mobility, or go to school. Unless you know someone in a high position or marry wealthy, these are your options. I would come to terms with this and make peace with it. Next, I would take a semester off if I couldn't make peace with this so you don't get bad grades. Next, get back in school.

    I sometimes have the same issue with not liking nursing if I am being honest. You probably are not alone in that. But, it is a means to an end and a respectable career path. You can always go back to school later while working as a nurse.
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    Closing for time out.

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