Howdy, I'm new, I'm still at least a year away from starting a nursing, or pre-nursing program, but I'd still like some information/support/good clean fun.
I'll preface what I'm going to say with this: I started college pre-med, with the hopes of being a trauma surgeon (I'm good with high stress situations), but after a year I decided med school was not for me. I also found out that trauma surgery is becoming out-dated. I regret, now, that I didn't look at other options in the medical field.
I'm a junior heading for an international studies BA. I've recently had a revelation of sorts, and decided to maybe take another stab at this whole medicine thing. I started out looking at EMT/Paramedic info, and met some people online who told me to check out nursing if I wanted to have a career. I did, and I've been pretty excited about it since (I don't think I've been this excited about a life path, ever). And with my old hopes of being a trauma surgeon, I've been really looking into trauma/emergency nursing.
I've got a few questions about nursing, and nursing programs
. I'm probably going to get an AD in nursing at a local community college (mostly because tuition for this program all together is a semester's tuition at the University I attend now). Is getting an associates going to hinder me from getting a job at a hospital/ER? Is my BA going to help? Would I need to get any other certification if I want to work in emergency?
I also want to know what an ER, or trauma nurse really does, a day in the life sort of job description. I've looked this up and it gives me a laundry list of vague duties, and no real clear ones... maybe that what it's actually like...?
Are there any programs similar to 'Doctor's without Borders?' My ambition in getting an international studies degree was to help refugees heading to the US, but if I could combine my want to help through medicine with helping people in war-torn/underdeveloped countries, I think I'd prefer that.
And lastly is about being a man and a nurse. How hard is it to deal with the stigma (in and out of the workplace) of being a male nurse? I'm not so worried about this, just curious.
I greatly appreciate what ever you can say. I'm in need of some support too; my friends aren't exactly that understanding of my wanting to be a nurse, but it's not that bad.