Becoming a Nursing Student

  1. hi, everyone!

    happy sunday! i'm not a nurse but have been following your board and i'm very interested in entering a nursing program. however, needing advice/direction and thought this the best place to try.

    i have no experience in healthcare whatsoever; i've never worked in a doctor's office and i know no one who's a nurse or involved in a healthcare profession. i guess the first question, then, should probably be how can i know if i'll do well enough in this profession to abandon the one i'm in now?? (which shows promise...it's just not very interesting.) i'm a motived/hands-on/energetic kinda person...i just need the right direction to send all that energy and i'm thinking (a lot here lately) that nursing may be it. i'm a 'people person' and prefer dealing with people that i can see and speak with directly and i want to do something that i think is important. and, while business is important (which is what i'm in now, by the way), it's not important...('so what'd you do with your life?? uh, i learned to file and worked really hard on bid documents!' yuck...) what made you want to be a nurse?? how long did it take you?? have you regretted your choice?? could you suggest some programs??

    i currently live in smyrna, tn if that's make any difference. any information or words of wisdom/advice would be great.

    have a great night!
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  3. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome to All Nurses! You might want to post your questions in the "General Nursing Discussion" forum to get more answers.
  4. by   Smile!
    Quote from CNM2B
    Welcome to All Nurses! You might want to post your questions in the "General Nursing Discussion" forum to get more answers.
    Alrighty...Thanks!
  5. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses! I've worked an office job for a few years myself, so it's a big step for me to leave that world and head out to nursing school, but I'm excited beyond belief (I'm a "people person" too)!

    Do you think you could try to contact someone to do some job shadowing? Get some volunteer experience at a hospital or some other healthcare type org?

    Good luck in making your decision!
  6. by   Smile!
    Quote from manna
    Welcome to allnurses! I've worked an office job for a few years myself, so it's a big step for me to leave that world and head out to nursing school, but I'm excited beyond belief (I'm a "people person" too)!

    Do you think you could try to contact someone to do some job shadowing? Get some volunteer experience at a hospital or some other healthcare type org?

    Good luck in making your decision!
    Hi, Manna! I'm thought about that, too...I live close to Nashville so there are all kinds of hospitals around. Are you actually in nursing school now? What are you going for??
  7. by   manna
    Nashville - that's where Dave (Ramsey) is from. I just love that guy.

    Anyway - I've been accepted into the junior level of a BSN program - I began my first nursing classes on July 7th. I've never been more excited and terrified at the same time my whole life! :chuckle
  8. by   Smile!
    Quote from manna
    Nashville - that's where Dave (Ramsey) is from. I just love that guy.

    Anyway - I've been accepted into the junior level of a BSN program - I began my first nursing classes on July 7th. I've never been more excited and terrified at the same time my whole life! :chuckle
    I'd say! I'm in school now, taking care of some of my basics, but I think I'm going to try to get into an ADN program here. That'd just be about 2 years and then MAYBE I could get some tuition help and go back if I wanted. They probably won't love me much for it at my current job, though. In fact, they'll probably tar and feather me! Do you work, too?? Are you a full time student??
  9. by   IXerLover
    Hey Smile -

    We sound like we could swap stories over coffee for hours. Lotsa similar questions. Good luck in your search. I'll keep watching for your posts here!


    IXerLover
  10. by   manna
    Sure.. I've been working full-time and taking pre-reqs at night and/or online for the past 4-5 years. It's taken me that long to get 64 credit hours - I started out slow, but have taken as many as 10/12 hours a semester. There's just no way I personally could handle full-time work and full-time school with my other obligations (two kids, full-time job, husband who lives in another town).

    I didn't realize I wanted to be a nursing major until the past year or so. Considering I already had so many hours, it made more sense (timewise) to go on and do the BSN now (plus it's a very highly recommended program)

    Oh, just in case you're curious, my two boys are 5yo and 2yo.

    Good luck with your classes! Feel free to email or PM me anytime if you want to chat.

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