Hey everyone! I'm new to the site so please forgive me if I make (what seems like) any dumb mistakes...
I am 17 years old, 18 in March and I have a huge passion to be a neonatologist and work in the NICU with sick and/or premature babies. My daughter, who will be 1 this month, was a NICU baby so I know how it all works with scrubbing in, touch time, feeding, IV's, wires, etc. Ever since my experience with the NICU, I have had a growing interest to be a neonatologist. After doing some research, I figured out that it takes 14 years old schooling to fully complete a neonatology program. 14 years of school seems out of reach for me... I dont think I can afford it, im not 100% confident that I could get through it, etc... Is there anyone out there that can give me some advice on following this dream of mine? I hate getting discouraged! I want this so bad.
Also, is there any program out there for people like me that can "shadow" a NICU nurse for a day or do a volunteer/internship type thing?