Hey everyone! I have posted a few times on here, but never made a thread. So I'm counting on you guys for some sound advice. I know in the end I'll have to make my own decision, and I'm sure I'll make the right one, but I really need as many viewpoints on this as I can get.
First of all, I am in the first semester of five of nursing school at a very good school and I am doing fine gradewise (based on first test/quizzes, etc). Now, I have wanted to go to nursing school for a long long time, though I have never really been able to come up with a concrete WHY I wanted to. I already have a BA in psychology, which was something I wasn't incredibly interested in (long story... pretty much irrelevant).
Anyways, lately I have been serioulsy considering quitting nursing school and applying for the same school's rad tech program. I work for a place that does MRIs, and I absolutley looove the technology associated with imaging of any kind. I really like talking to the patients and love answering their endless questions. I am just the receptionist at this place, but I find myself going into the "suite" and looking at all the images and asking questions and its jsut soooo cool.
Now, as far as nursing goes, I find all of that interesting as well, but I just dont see myself as a bedside nurse (dont jump down my throat on that, I know its bad to say that, but oh well). If I am an RN, I see myself in the ER, OR, ICU or as a radiology nurse. I am deadset on the healthcare field, and I think that until now, I didn't realize that you didnt have to go to nursing school to be an integral part of the health care team. I saw nursing school as the logical way to work in the hospital. I have contemplated med school and becoming a PA, but for various reasons, I dont like those options.
SO, what do you guys think? Should I stick nursing school out and then move on to what I want? Am I making a rash decision? The app for the rad tech program is due March 1, so I plan on submitting it and then if I've changed my mind, no big deal. It really sucks to think you know what you want for years and years and years and then when you get it, youre not so sure anymore....
Feb 5, '07
Quote from amyk_ncsu
Thanks for all your advice guys. I knew that being an RN would be waaaay more flexible, but I'm still torn. I know I would be happy in radiology, but I have doubts about nursing. So who knows at this point... I need to do some more soul searching...
Normally I would agree with the others but in your case I will make an exception. You sound like as soon as you have the chance, you will be working outside of the nursing field. Thus, if you like what RTs do, then go in that direction. In the long run you may be better off.
Yes, there are many jobs in nursing that provide flexibility, but not EVERY job in nursing provides flexibility. As far as employment is concerned, most fields of study do not have as many opportunities as nursing, however, this does not mean other fields lack any
opportunities. I think if you LOVE what you do, you will find employment and satisfaction. On the other hand, if you hate what you do, you will not be doing it for very long!
Read the posts on the board of Registered Nurses who are not working after a year, not to mention the many who post that he/she quit after a few months. I do not mean that the he/she quit working bedside. I mean that many posted that he/she is working outside the nursing field!
I noticed that you posted you work with RTs right now. Your current job may provide you with the connections you need to be gainfully employed and to move up in the world working as a RT or as an Administrator (I know a few former RTs that are now Executives).
Your future is up to you. Don't let people scare you into doing something your gut is against. GL
Last edit by SummerGarden on Feb 5, '07