New Start- Florida


  1. Hello everyone. I live in Riverview FL and I am currently looking in Nursing. I'm 21 going on 22, a mother to a wonderful Lil' girl and a wife to a great man. I want to get my nursing degree and specialize in either Neonatal or Midwife? not sure but I want to stay in that area.
    I only have a high school diploma and need guidance on where to start. we don't have much money or time. so I'll probably do the online thing as much as I can and/ or a Community Collage. Help please. I need to start 2007 off on the right foot. Thanks
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  3. by   byrdnest
    I've been reading a lot of post and it's starting to freak me out. my Mother in Law is an Rn and has been for a long time my brother in law is an x-ray tech and his wife is thinking about getting into the Med field as well. i haven't made up my mind yet:uhoh21: it's alil' scary but a bit comforting to know that i'm only 21 and making a decision instead of in my 40's making a career change. No offense to anyone. i want to deal with Children or Baby's (not grown up baby's) so i was thinking NICU or maybe in the childrens department. Here in Tampa we have a really good Childrens hospital the a great Rep. St. Joseph's. i want something that i can enjoy and look forward to doing everyday. i just don't know if i'll be able to deal with poor children in pain.
    Help Confused!
  4. by   Wren
    Byrdnest,
    Don't get yourself stressed out yet! Just take this a day at a time. The first thing is that you have decided that you want to be a nurse. That's good enough for now...you can decide later (or change your mind a dozen times) about what area of nursing you want to work in. The beauty of nursing school is that you will get to have clinical rotations in many different areas and you will have the change to try out working in different environments.

    For now, locate the community colleges in your area that have a nursing program...you will probably be able to earn a ADN (Associates Degree in Nursing) there. Make an appointment with a counselor at the school and see what you need to do to apply to the nursing program. Most schools today expect that you will have completed some basic courses BEFORE they will accept you into a nursing program. You can get started on them right away...maybe even the January semester if you get on the ball. These will be classes like anatomy and physiology, microbiology, perhaps chemistry and nutrition. Your counselor can tell you exactly what you need.

    That will be enough to get you on the path to nursing school and as you said, you are still young so you will have many wonderful years to work as nurse. Good luck to you!
  5. by   byrdnest
    Thanks so much on the advise. trust me i'll be back for more!

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