Help me!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. I have been thinking about doing nursing for a while. When I was in high school I was afraid of blood so I always new that I would not do nursing. However, as I went off to college to study psychology I considered changing my major to nursing and I did for a year. Then my best friend started telling me that I would never be able to be a good nurse. She was telling me about how hard the classes are and reminding me of my fear of blood. Therefore, I dropped nursing and went back to psychology. Now almost 2 years later with a BS in psychology I am out of work b/c my job as a social worker totally flopped. Now I am having a hard time finding work. I am considering going to grad school for guidance counseling or pursuing a 2nd degree in nursing. I know that a degree in nursing= job security. Guidance counseling I am not to sure about. I am soooooooo confused! My mom wants me to do nursing, my dad wants me to be an accountant or lawyer, or something in law enforcement, my older brother wants me to be a teacher, my sister does not care, my other brother want me to do nursing and my best friend wants me to go back to social work.

    All I want to do is help people and I know that I can get over the fear of blood. I am on the shy side but I do not think it will hinder my work as a nurse. I am so lost and confused. I was told that my fear of blood is really a fear of pain and suffering. Mainly because of I can see a pool of blood on the floor and have no reaction but if I see it, flowing from on open wound my blood will start to crawl. In addition, I have never seen an open wound in person only on TV. Anyway, I have the tendency to be long winded so I will stop here. Please help me I need advice!
    Abbie
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   kendel
    follow your heart, not what others tell you .
    people can give you advice but the decision is yours not theirs

    and i think your best friend should not tell u you would not be a good nurse.
    dont let any one breath negative things on to you -dont accept that

    if you love helping people give it a try thats the only way to know for sure
  4. by   Tweety
    I think your heart is telling you to become a nurse because you have that itch.

    I think you can get over your fear of blood. But you do have to deal with people who are in pain and suffering, having other secretions from bodily orifices as well as blood. There are plenty of "cleaner" jobs as well.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by Tweety on Oct 12, '07
  5. by   RNgonewild
    Do what you want to do. And have them pay for it! lol
  6. by   2BNurseabbi
    Thanks guys! I was accepted the guidance counseling M.ED program. I am gonna put it on hold just in case things dont work out. I applyed to an associates and a bsn program. I was already accepted to the bsn but I probably will wait for the associates. The associates program actually has 100% pass rate on the NCLEX. And it is considered to be a way better program than the BSN program that I was accepted to.

    After I get my associates I am planning to do a bridge program RN-MSN. I dont really want another Bachelors degree. The one I currently have might actually come in handy as a Psychiatric nurse which is what I wanted to be in the 1st place.

    If all fails Guidance Counseling M.ED here I come!
  7. by   peridotgirl
    I think you should become a nurse regardless of whatever everyone else thinks. Your family seems to have some conflicting opinions, but in the end it's all up to you. If your heart is realy set on nursing and u love to help people, then you shoud go for it. As for your fear of blood, I believe that you will get over that once you are exposed to it and can handle the situation that occurs. If you however, can't handle the blood, then do something else in the healthcare field; the options are limitless. I wish you good luck with everything.
  8. by   pinktoes
    When I was still studying nursing, I hated it. But then I started working, and I learned to appreciate it.
    It's rewarding both spiritually and financially!
    Also, I think what confuses you is that other people are telling you what to do.
    If you know you can do it, I suggest you do.
    I know someone who took up nursing when nobody else wanted to and she got to the US with an immigrant visa and she's earning 10x more than she did in her own country!
  9. by   leslymill
    Visit a hospital, buy a lab coat, and ask to follow a nurse

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