Hi! I'm new to this forum, because I am new to nursing. I'm not a nurse yet, but I have the passion and desire to persue a nursing career. Here's the problem: I am 25, and have attended 3 colleges in 8 years trying to persue a bachelors degree in journalism. I have worked as a reporter on TV, spokesmodel, retail person etc. Basically all my past experience and jobs have leaned towards the hospitality/entertainment industry. The only thing that I really loved about these jobs, especially the reporter, was my ability to help people. It wasn't the glamour or spotlight I loved, it was my ability to help in different ways, thats what fulfilled me! So, here I am in the big city of chicago, Still struggling to get a degree in writing, that will basically be useless when I graduate in 2 years. I am not happy in this city or school(i'm from a small town in ohio), so I have done alot of research and decided that I'd like to get a 2 year diploma in nursing. My reasons are because I am a very compassionte woman with a huge need to help others especially the elderly and I feel that this degree would satisfy me and others. What I have decided to do is to volunteer in different medical/people settings, get a full-time job in the field (any suggestions would be awesome) and then move back to ohio at the end on this year and get that nursing diploma. Another thing I worry about though is that I have major math anxiety! I am very right brained (writing, reading, creative) but I love watching tv shows about science etc. Do you think that persuing a career as a nurse would be too difficult for someone who hasn't attempted algebra since highschool? I just don't want to set myself up for failure, but I am so interested in this field. I am also not easily grossed out. Also, what is the exact difference between an LPN, and an RN? Would I be able to be an LPN now or do I need certified for this too? I know this is a lot, but I need to make some life decisions!
Thanks so much for reading this!!
If just helping others is your biggest motivater, I would suggest shadowing some RNs to see what nursing is really about. You will probably find that going into social work would probably allow you a lot more quality time to spend with people. As a RN, unless you get lucky, you will probably work harder than you ever imagined and find that because of the often times overewhelming assignments that you have very little one on one time with the patients. Nursing can be rewarding, but often your so busy just trying to catch up that you are not given the luxury of spending much quality time witht the patient or family member. SAD but true for the most part and I think that is why so many get out after a couple of years, the work conditions can be terrible at times. You just have to actually pull a 12 hour shift on a busy floor, ER, or ICU as a RN and you will understand where I am coming from. Good luck!!
Last edit by MICU RN on Nov 11, '03