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... Read More
Dec 5, '11I 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 =)
Quote from TesslynHi 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.
Dec 5, '11"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.
Dec 5, '11Becoming 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.