Hi, I'm sort of new to the forums (okay, well, really new).
Right now, I'm not sure if I want to do nursing. I'm a declared Pre-Elementary Ed major, but I'm thinking I might want to do nursing. My fiancee is a nursing major has been talking about it a lot, and I grew up listening to my grandma and my aunt talk about their jobs (they're both nurses).
If I did do it, I'd want to do Pediatrics or work with the newborns.
I guess I'm just sort of looking for opinions here. Or support. My fiancee is a HUGE help (he's really great with listening and everything), but I sort of need advice from people who were torn and went with nursing.
Aug 19, '06
Welcome to Allnurses! We're glad you're here! Have you considered volunteering at a hospital to get a closer look at what nursing is all about? People can describe it to you, but it's just not the same. In the meantime, there are several prereq courses you can take (such as English) which will apply to a wide variety of majors.
Personally, it took me a long time to decide on nursing. I originally intended to pursue medicine, then changed my mind several more times. I've been involved in healthcare since high school, and direct patient care kept drawing me back toward nursing. I'm a NICU nurse now and very happy with my decision.
Aug 20, '06
Good luck to you. Perhaps you can post to the pre-nursing or student nursing forum and ask questions there. Welcome to Allnurses!
Aug 20, '06
Welcome to allnurses.com! Read many of the posts on the site, too. Perhaps you can combine the nursing with teaching?! We could always use teachers.
Aug 20, '06
I have been in your situation. I am glad to see that you are only 18. I spent many years (7) in college because I switched majors 3 times. To be specific I majored in early childhood education, then microbiology, then nursing! I didn't finish my BSN until I was 25 because of all of the switches.
Was it worth it? YES!!! I love being a nurse and I get to teach all of the time. As a nurse you educate patients, their families and nursing students if you work in a teaching hospital. It is a challenging carrer that is demanding in every way but I love it.
You don't have to worry about picking an area of nursing, as you go through school you will experience the different areas and be more able to choose one that suits you.
Best of luck making your decision.