College dilema about Nursing

  1. Hi, My name is Kels. I am a junior in high school. I am extremely interested in nursing, but not sure about a few things. Do any of you think you can help? Here's my problem. I think I might want to be a NICU nurse, but I'm not sure how much schooling you have to go through for that. Is it four years for your BSN, and then an additional 2 to specialize in that unit? Or is it just 4 years and additional training at the job sight? Also if you just want to be a nurse in a regular nursery, is it just 4 years for that? I know that I want to be an RN, not an LPN. I am just not quite sure if I want to be a NICU nurse, or a regular nursery nurse. Do any of you have any answers for me?

    Thanks
    Kels
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Hi Kels, congrats on thinking about your goals. I'm presuming you mean Neonatal Intensive Care? Here we call NICU "Neurosciences Intenstive Care Unit". I'm pretty sure to work in NICU you need to be an RN, and that can be an ADN RN or BSN RN, and they train you on the job there. BSN's are preferred in a lot of areas, so why not plan on getting your BSN fresh out of high school and get it out of the way. That way if you want to become a Nurse Practioner in NICU you can continue on with school and get that. NP's are advanced degrees beyond the BSN.

    Good luck in all you do! There are other forums and if you do a search you might find some answers, or decide to post in another forum like "Nursing career advice" or whatever.

  4. by   live4today
    welcome kels!

    since you are still in high school, i would suggest you plan on going straight to a four year college if your parents can afford for you to do that, or if you can acquire student grants/loans.

    tweety gave you some very good advice. enjoy your young years while you can, and focus on your education before you marry and have children one day. you'll be glad you did.

    however, if the four year program is not doable for your family, there is nothing wrong in choosing a different route of reaching your goals. many nurses have chosen different educational paths and have arrived at the same goal of becoming a licensed nurse.

    what do your parents recommend you do?

    i wish you well no matter what decision you make!

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