Is nursing for me?

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    Hello all,

    I joined this community, because I am interested in nursing. I'm probably an atypical type to pursue nursing. I recently graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science for a small private university in Oregon; however, I worked at a hospital part-time throughout my college career. Needless to say, I miss patient care, and am planning on applying to University of Portland's BSN program soon.

    Any advice?

    Thanks!

    Evan
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    First Welcome to allnurses. Good Luck with your new career. The only true advice I can give you is to follow your heart. That's the one sure fire way that you know you will be happy with your decision. Hope to see more post from you.


    Angelia
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    welcome to allnurses, hope you enjoy your time here.
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    Not atypical at all. Lots of IT people are going into nursing. Good luck!
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    welcome to allnurses!

    you'd be surprised how many computer-types and engineers wind up in nursing. when it comes time for you to learn to "computer chart," you'll be a quick study!
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    Hello all,

    I joined this community, because I am interested in nursing. I'm probably an atypical type to pursue nursing. I recently graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science for a small private university in Oregon; however, I worked at a hospital part-time throughout my college career. Needless to say, I miss patient care, and am planning on applying to University of Portland's BSN program soon.

    Any advice?

    Thanks!

    Evan
    Hiya Evan, welcome to allnurses. The only thing you can do is follow your instincts on this one. You will soon find out if nursing is for you or not when you start!!!! At least you know what to expect, seeing as you have worked in a hospital before. As for being "atypical" - what is a typical nurse???? you certainly wouldn't look at me in the street and think i was a (student) nurse!!!

    Anyway, it takes all sorts as they say. Good luck for the future.

    Emma :hatparty:
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    HI Evan. Probably half of the people in my nursing program are starting fresh from some other areas of work that has nothing to do with healthcare! Good luck!
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    Hi neighbor...I am about 30 miles west of Portland! Honest advise..check out the local papers around here! See what you are getting yourself into...right now things are pretty bleek, but they say that changes every 5 years or so (kind of a cycle)...but I wished I looked around before I lept into RN school (PCC ADN class of 2000).

    U of P is awesome for BSN, but remember to learn techical skills too..LOL, I have trained U of P grads how to put in a foley...and that suprised me 4 times!!! But ask them about research and theory and they can't be beat!!!!!! So think about that...what is your wish once you become a nurse??? Then see if it meshes ...I mean...being an ED nurse or med surge floor isn't as geared towards all that hard work you put in...but say administration nursing or education, oh yeah for a U of P...perfect!!!! (so keep that in mind, and do searches in the paper about how many jobs are offered out there for this! And watch the trend!).

    Over here, a nurse basically has to die in order to get a job! They keep their jobs for life...so it is hard to get in...watch that in rural areas if you plan on living in one. I am an ED nurse by heart, working at an assisted living facility...not what I had planned AT ALL! But its a paycheck, and I do it well after figuring this whole assisted living concept out (only took about 2 years..LOL!).

    If you get the chance...talk to a nurse at a local hospital and see if this is right for you...ask if you can 'shadow' a nurse for a shift or even part of a shift and see if this is what you want to do for THE REST of you life..LOL! (or even part..LOL!)..that is usually the best way ... Good Sam use to do this...and awesome AWESOME hospital!!!!!!!!!!! (I love that place!!!!!).

    Good luck and feel free to pm me...I know the nursing scene around the greater Metro area and rural west...and can give you some insight to current trends and job market .

    AND WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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