Is becoming a Nurse hard?

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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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    No you do not need the same education as a physician or you would be a physician. I would recommend going straight into a BSN program. Many places are beginning to only look at BSN applicants. My facility no longer hires RNs with 2 yr degrees. This will also make it easier for you if you decide to continue on to a MSN or Doctorate.
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    The schooling is hard, but don't think of "hard" in the sense of calculus or physics (highly analytical and intellectually challenging). Think of "hard" in the sense of a very high volume of easy to understand information in a short amount of time. It takes a lot of hard work an commitment, but you definitely can do it if you're determined.
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    I do not think becoming a nurse was hard. I however am not an RN yet. I think being a nurse is harder. The education part was interesting so I wanted to read and study. Putting what you learned into real life for me has been harder.

    Like the PP said, go for your BSN. I am older. Did things backwards and I wish I would have just gotten my degree right out of high school. Most jobs want you to have your BSN. Study, study, study and it is not hard. Just a bunch of work and you might have to have less of a social life than some of your friends.
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    Quote from Tesslyn
    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.
    Hello Tesslyn,

    No, you do not need to earn the same degrees as a doctor to become a nurse. There may be a lot of overlap in the science requirements like biology, anatomy, physiology etc. but nurses and doctors follow distinct educational paths.

    As with all college education, how long you complete your education is up to you. You can earn an associate's degree in nursing (ADN or ASN) and a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) to become a RN. The former is commonly referred to as a 2 year program, the latter is called a 4 year program. However, the prerequisites and application process make these programs longer than that. Exactly how long depends on a lot of factors like how many college credits you get in high school and how fast you complete your college classes.

    US News has a list of the top BSN programs in the country but what constitutes a good nursing school is up for debate. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsa...rsing-rankings

    UCLA does have a bachelors and masters program. UC Berkeley does not. UCSF and UC Davis have nursing programs as well, but I think they are all masters level. Many of the Cal states have nursing programs as well.
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    And to answer the original question----

    Becoming a nurse is challenging in many ways but how challenging it is exactly is up to you. Even if you are a brilliant student who picks up the theory and skills quickly, becoming a nurse requires a considerable time commitment and there will always be emotional stress with witnessing the pain and suffering of others.

    In my experience, nursing is also vastly different from the academic challenges of high school. I was 17 when I started, entered a vocational nursing program at 18 and became a nurse at 19. I used to be a honors student and, boy, did I get my butt handed to me. The kind of self-directed learning, critical thinking and work ethic required in nursing school is above and beyond what I had encountered before. The responsibilities are immense and I grew up much quicker than I ever would have pursuing a fancy pants liberal arts degree. (Sorry for any liberal arts majors lol)
    donsterRN likes this.
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    Depends on the program you want to get into. If you want a BSN, a lot of the requirements are "hard." The program I want to get into requires:

    -Chemistry
    -Microbiology
    -Psychology
    -Sociology
    -Nutrition
    -Statistics
    -Critical Thinking
    -Writing and Reading comprehension
    -Developmental psychology
    -Anatomy
    -Physiology

    Built into those classes are the prerequesites for those classes such as general biology and the such. In another post, some were lamenting the fact that general and organic chemistry aren't required and I would have to agree. Some schools offer watered down courses such as chemistry for health, but I think students get the best educational experience by having to take the full version of the course...and being the huge science nerd I am I just find it more interesting and fun.
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    I like the post that said:

    Becoming a nurse is not hard.
    Being a nurse is hard.

    Brilliant!
    noahsmama, Esme12, Ayala, and 1 other like this.
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    It's becoming more competitive and hard to get in because of all the applicants and additional courses that are being added to the curriculum
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    Becoming a Nurse is a piece of cake compared to being a Nurse. Lots of frustration and tears, heartache and heart brake. Trying to see the good in people that have no good.
    Why then do it because once in a while you help change or even save one person's life. The feeling is like hitting that game winning home run. You won't get cheers but your walk will be a little straighter. Good Luck, Sweet Soul
    Ayala likes this.


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