I am a black male. 18 years old and I'm enrolled in college.
I plan to become an RN when I am 20.
However, I've been told that the nursing field is becoming difficult to get a job with no experience.
This is highly discouraging, to be honest, and much different than the whole "nurses are so in demand; especially males" pitch that I was fed.
Don'tcount yourself out before you even get started. Many nurses are going to be retiring by 2014 the Baby Boomer Era(not all but a fair percentage). Also it doesn't hurt to obtain a job related to medical field. There are many things that are contributing to the nursing shortage such as not have enough faculty members to teach. Then also not having adequate staff on units to train new grads. Budgets of hospitals and clinics and how their money is managed effects staffing. You will be just fine. So stop questioning yourself and push forward. Remember to have balance. Also volunteering even if you just do that twice a month at hospital or clinical for4-5 hours. It will help give your career a jump and get your name out there as a student. Also a lot of times nurses right out of school are trying for specialty units, which most have limited positions. Apply to as many positions and at some point do a lateral move inhospitals within six months to a year. So continue on with your goals keep your eyes on the prize. In nursing school, there is a lot of negative energy more less frustration, keep positive. Also find out the requirements ofyour program such if there is a exit exam such as a hesi or some other thatmust be passed before graduating. Find out as much info about your program within limits. Look at your professors many have connections at hospitals. Another thing get 3 letters of recommendation from your various professors within your final six months of your program. There are also fellowships/nurse residency programs that you can do after graduation/Nclex. I do know there are ones in SC.
Last edit by thecool1Nscrubs2no on Sep 23, '12