New to this site, I'm searching for options....

  1. :spin: Hello everyone,

    I am new to this site(duh?) but I am in search of how to become a nurse. I have some idea, but in order to make my decision and go at it full steam I want to know everything I possibly can about becoming a Nurse. I'm 21, male, I live in Oregon, and I would love to become an Emergency room Nurse. But I wont stop there, I would love to travel to Japan and other parts of the World. I came across this website hoping that in the near future, I will aquire the information I seek.

    I started taking classes at a community College right after high school and was going to shoot for my goal then but stumbled across Professional Wrestling and devoted ALL my time into that. Two years into that... I was injured and decided to go back to Nursing, which puts us at present time. Before I had the idea, that you go to a counselor and they make up this great plan for you and you follow it, and you become a Nurse. But now it seems like there are so many more steps and waiting lists and this and that and the other stuff and blah blah blah .... I am here to find out what all that inbetween jargon is so I can fully understand what I want out of life, and a career as a Nurse.

    I dont want to put any of you readers to sleep so i will ever so quickly wrap this thread up and be on my way, in search, of my goals!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you in all that you do.

    Welcome to Allnurses!
  4. by   RNfromMN
    Here's what I can tell you, Albino: yeah, there's a waiting list just about everywhere. And that kinda stinks...but there are pre-requisite courses you have to take before you can get into a program, & those you should be able to take right away...kinda fills that waiting list gap. Plus, you can also use that time to get a job in the healthcare field. A Certified Nursing Assistant course was required of all students entering the nursing program at my school. Very basic course...I think mine took about 6 weeks to complete. Being a CNA is definitely not the most glorious job, but it will teach you a ton about healthcare (things you will definitely need to know in nursing school, & as you become a nurse) and it can be very rewarding. Being a CNA literally changed my life. One more thing about waiting lists: don't necessarily believe the hype. My school told me I had at least another year to wait 3 months before they told me I'd been bumped up & my classes were starting in a month! My neighbor got accepted into her program immediately after she applied because a new college opened a nursing program that nobody else had applied to yet.

    That's my summary of the "in between jargon." Definitely go see a counselor @ your school...they'll be able to tell you more about what's available in your area. Good luck!
  5. by   nurseangel47
    Eyes of Albino. Hope you find what you need on here.

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