Is becoming a Nurse hard? - page 2

Hi :) I'm new and I'm 15 years old. I've always wanted to become a nurse but I've recently heard you have to get the same degrees as a doctor? Is that true? How many years would it take to become a nurse? And, if this isn't too... Read More

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    Becoming a RN is easy but being a nurse is super hard. I suggest, to tough'n you up, you let all of your friends punch you in the heart a thousand times. Then, you'll be prepared. (This is a very bad joke of course! Do not really do that please.)

    But seriously, if you really want to be a nurse, go straight to BSN and immediately enter into a masters program. Don't even stop to work as a bedside nurse. But, if you have to, do not do it for more than one year. That is my advice.
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    Becoming a nurse has been pretty easy so far. If I wasn't ready to take in such a large volume of information, I'd have been hosed on that end. Fortunately, I got used to drinking from the instructional fire-hose a long time ago so it's not that difficult for me now.

    To the OP: you're 15. You still have a ways to go before you really are ready to become a Nurse. Get very good at basic math. Med math is not that hard... it's basic stuff (basic algebra for the most part) but very crucial so that mistakes aren't made. Learn the basic sciences well. It'll make learning the prerequisite course material that much easier for you. Be curious about what makes things work and why, including the biological stuff.

    Look at the Colleges and Universities that have 4 year degrees, find out what they require for admission and adjust your studies to get accepted to them. By doing that, you should also meet admission requirements for Junior Colleges as well. If you can, and Nursing still is appealing for you, try to get into a BSN program. You'll have some greater employment opportunities than ADN students, though both of you will be RNs and you'll be set up for MSN coursework as well. When I'm done with my ADN program, I'll only have to take another 4-6 courses for entry to an MSN program or get a BSN, but that's because I already have a Bachelor's degree.

    The biggest advice I ever got was this: Do what you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life. You are not your job and your job doesn't define you. I am a unique person who happens to be a parent, spouse, a nursing student, and a whole host of other things. And most of all, even though each day can be boring as all get-out, strive to learn something new every day.
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    Anything that's worth having is going to require hard work, dedication, drive and ambition. Being a nurse is the hardest yet most rewarding experience, kind of like being a good parent. I agree that you should get a BSN, there are 2 year programs out there but the job market is tight right now and many nurses are leaving school and unable to get a job. so you need to be the best you that you can be.

    My favourite poem about being a nurse...

    Being a nurse means....

    You will never be bored.
    You will always be frustrated.
    So much to do and so little time.
    You will step into people’s lives
    And you will make a difference.
    Some will bless you.
    Some will curse you.
    You will see people at their worst –
    And at their best.
    You will never cease to be amazed
    At people’s capacity for
    Love, courage, and endurance.
    You will see life begin – - and end.
    You will experience resounding triumphs
    And devastating failures.
    You will cry a lot.
    You will laugh a lot.
    You will know what it is to be human
    And to be humane.

    -Melodie Chenevert, RN
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    I think it is great that you are so young and thinking about your future! I decided to be a nurse as an adult and I can easily say it is the most challenging thing I have ever done. For me it was hard because I never worked in a hospital and I was shell shocked. I found the school portion for me to be the easiest because I am good at reading, comprehension, and test taking. The part that I was not good at was practical knowledge,putting the skills that I have learned to good use, and return demonstrations for my teachers. Nursing is all about action so you have to be able to understand the book knowledge but complete the physical and sometimes mental challenges of working with different walks of people.

    Since you are so young I encourage you to reach out to family or even family members of your friends who may be in the medical field, volunteer at your doctors office or something so you can see first hand if you like it. Next read as much as you can on anatomy and physiology and various diseases and conditions. Maybe even take latin in school. There are very good videos on student nursing on you tube. The best are by UAB.If you feel this is still for you visit the schools you mentioned in junior or senior year and see which one is best. I wish you the best of luck! Nursing is hard but well worth it =)

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    Hi I'm new and I'm 15 years old. I've always wanted to become a nurse but I've recently heard you have to get the same degrees as a doctor? Is that true? How many years would it take to become a nurse? And, if this isn't too off topic, what are the best schools for becoming a nurse? I've always planned to apply to UCLA and UC Berkley because I can't afford any schools out of state, and these are (from what I've read about and heard about) the best UC's. Thank you! And I'm sorry for all these questions that aren't quite pertinent to the original question.
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    "hard" is a relative term. Quitting smoking is "hard"..but is that a reason to not do it? If you only do things that are "easy" then you will not be a nurse. Becoming a nurse is challenging, but if you want to do it then you do it. Or you don't do it. Totally up to you. I would not base your future career choice on whether it is "hard". I would base it on what you want to do.
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    Becoming a nurse is not hard but being a nurse (working) is really hard. The educational requirements, intensity, and difficulty are far less than medicine. There are plenty of public schools in CA for BSN and ADN. Besides UCs, there are also Cal State schools. I personally don't believe you need to go to "the best nursing school" in order to become a good and competent nurse. After schooling, you need to learn how to work as a nurse (residency and internships will help you get started). For now, you should volunteer and see if nursing is what you really want to do.
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