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Smiling at the notion of a 19-year-old nursing hopeful lecturing someone 30 years their senior with more time in nursing than you had in high school.
Note that I didn't say that those things are trivial; simply that they're fully attainable outside of the university experience while the academics are not.
If you care not for my opinions in response to your question, I will happily keep them to myself.
Good luck to you.
I apologize if I made you feel like I was undermining your experience! Of course I value your opinion, as this is why I'm asking those who are currently in/already completed nursing school for advice. However, if I disagree with you because I don't fully understand what you meant, or if I'm just completely wrong, please feel free to clarify. I really was not trying to personally attack you as a nurse--This is why I was careful not to use "you" as a pronoun. But I do see how it might have come off that way, and I'm sorry for that! I was just speaking hypothetically--knowing that nurses do need to able to provide comfort, and knowing what I know about myself.
Here's an example: I currently have a 4.0 in my nursing pre-requisites so it appears that nursing may be a good career choice. Although I am confident in my study habits and the ability to learn and retain the academic knowledge that I will need to pass the NCLEX when the time comes, I am worried that I still won't be a great nurse just because I have always been a little shy. ***This is why I said earlier that good grades don't always make the best/comforting nurses.
I agree with you when you say personal growth can be attained outside of the university. And I know that the learning, both academically and personally, does not stop at graduation. But aren't some of these qualities important to already have when getting my first job as a nurse? I feel like I have the
very basic qualities to be a good nurse--empathy, patience, attention to detail, etc--so I think I'm fully capable to become the nurse I want to be some day and I think I've chosen a good career match. But I feel I may be lacking in the communication/interpersonal skills department. And personally, this is something that I feel I could work on best when I'm forced out of my comfort zone (away from home), as everyone learns differently. My school of preference would also allow me to be exposed to a much larger demographic. Learning how to communicate with a diverse group of people, I'm sure, is also very important.
Again, your opinions are very welcome and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!