Hi everyone, Im currently a sophomore in college, and trying to decide if nursing is something I really want to pursue. I've been debating for almost two years now, and i can't make up my mind..i'm going to list reasons I'm considering nursing and reasons why I'm not so sure, and any advice is greatly appreciated
-no matter how many times I change my mind about my major or career ideas, (which I've done many times!) I always end up going back to nursing-I feel like nothing else will satisfy me/is worth it
-i've taken some science pre-reqs and I received good grades, so I suppose thats a good sign
-it just seems like such a worthwhile career, and I want to help people
-I really care about people and I want to put it to good use
-I like that theres much more variety in nursing (than say, occupational or speech therapy for example)
-I like that nurses are so knowledgeable
-I've never really been interested in science/math..I'm more of an english/history person
***-worried I wont be able to handle the stress/pressure involved- I tend to get a bit overwhelmed (though I'm assuming you get somewhat use to it after a while?)***
-I know nursing school is hard, and I'm afraid if my heart isn't in it completely it will be even more challenging [I am a good, hardworking student thought
-Blood doesn't bother me but bad cuts and sores and things along those lines do gross me out (not a good thing if you want to be a nurse I'm sure) - wonder if anyone else felt that way and if they got use to it?
-I've read people say to volunteer and such if you're not sure- but I'm not interested enough to do that so thats not a good sign
So basically to sum this up, I feel like maybe I don't want to study nursing, yet I also go back to it all the time because I feel like nothing else is worthwhile, or will satisfy me the way I think nursing will..almost as if I have no choice to do it whether or not I want to, if that makes any sense..Can any nurses out there tell me what they think about this? And for the record I've researched A LOT of different careers, work areas, etc. so I know what else is out there but nothing else really sparks my interest
many thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and reply
p.s. sorry for my rambling/complaining - & if this isn't under the right topic, I wasn't sure where I should post it
Havent' yet read the comments above,
but, my list sounded a LOT like YOUR list when i entered nursing school. I became a nurse, and love it. Nothing else like it, imo.
I was weak in math, and i invested in some remedial math classes, which were priceless to me. As a young woman more interested in partying and dating, i had no interest in science at that time. I hadn't really really been exposed to it much, and turns out, i LOVE science, and now, if there was another career i'd be interested in, i'd be a scientist. who knew? Certainly not me during my young years!! ha ha. My point there is, you might be underestimating your own ability to slog through the science courses req'd. There will be 40 other students in the room who also might not be sure they can do science, either, yet, they do.
Re: the gross stuff. I will never forget my own mother's reaction to my announcing i was going into nursing, "You? You were always my squeamiest of all my children! wow!" and of course, then, she went on to say more positive things. And she was right, as a young person, i was quite the squeamy type, oh was i ever!! I'm not NOW at all. nope. Now i am one of the least squeamy ppl i know.
Yes, we can become desensitized to gross things, over time. I also think, some of us, funnel all our gross-outs, down to one (1) thing, which we will stay revolted about for most of our careers. NOW I can handle most anything, but, it takes everything i have to be steady about eyeball injuries.
yet, tons of OTHER things that i once was squeamy about, i can now handle pretty well almost all the time.
I have coworkers who can handle most anything, but, nosebleeds, or suctioning phlegm, or dentures of all things! really? dentures? Most every nurse i know, seems to have funneled most all of her gross outs into one thing, and perhaps, that helps us handle all the Other gross outs, who knows.
but yes, even a squeamy person can become a very effective nurse. some areas of nursing, are less gross than others, too, like you said, much diversity in the areas to choose from.
Same goes for stress, much diversity in how stressful of an area you choose to go into. There's always stress, but, some areas are worse than others, imo. and most every job has stress, doesn't it? Still, to be honest, i do think most areas of nursing do require we develop a superior ability to handle stress, and most of us do learn how to do that.
anyway, best of luck on your decisions!!!
Last edit by somenurse on Dec 4, '12
btw, i am always kind of surprised, or taken aback,
but how many ppl see gross stuff as the hardest part of nursing. Whether it is someone considering going into nursing, or some neighbor, or stranger at a party,
it is so so often the gross stuff that they seem to consider as hardest part of the job.
It's not to me, anyway.
nah, for me,
the hard part, or most stressful parts,
are the sometimes intense personal, sometimes passionate, emotionally loaded person-to-person interactions. When in hospitals, many patients and their families are super stressed out, beyond words,
and their behavior is not, like the way it as picnics. This goes for some coworkers, too.
There are occasional coworkers behavior, which can be petty, or even cruel, at times. Guess that can happen with any large bunch of people all working under stress, sooner or later, there's always "one" here or there, who can be a pain to deal with effectively, without letting that person 'get to you'.
can be a challenge, especially if you are not having your best day, either.
another stress, can be in the form of patient or family interactions. Right now, somewhere on ALLNURSES, there is an interesting thread from some nurse trying to cope with a very abusive family. Might be worth a read, and picture yourself dealing with that, cuz, it does happen. Imo, dealing with THAT is harder than cleaning out a wound, or wiping up poop.
It's probably hard to locate any nurse, who hasn't dealt with some extreme personalities in her shifts.
On ALLNURSES.com, I DON'T SEE A LOT OF THREADS titled, "Help! i'm a nurse, and all this puke is driving me nuts!"
Nope, that doesn't seem a real common topic on allnurses.com. YOu might want to read more threads about what nurses actually ARE having more trouble coping with now and then, it's not usually wounds or poop.
I am not sure, but, i am guessing, if you lined up 100 nurses, and asked them, "What is most stressful part of being a nurse?"
i just don't think puke, or poop, would be the #1 stress. I could be wrong, but, i don't think THAT stuff is worst part of nursing, nor of being a mom, either.
(LOL,most of those remarks, i copied from another post of mine, to someone else who was also listing gross stuff as the hard part of nursing...it's a common thing, imo, for lotta ppl to see poop as hardest thing to deal with in nursing, but, imo,
it's not the hardest part...at all. BUT, we are all unique individuals,
and for some, poop could be the hardest thing for THAT nurse, but, for me, it's the dealing with ppl who are stressed outa their minds.)
Last edit by somenurse on Dec 4, '12