I have been thinking long and hard about my decision and passion to become a nurse. I struggle with the decision because I do have some physical limitations due to the radiation I received, the young age I received it at, the congestive heart failure which developed as a result of the chemotherapy and radiation to my chest, all of the reconstructive surgeries I have required, and chronic pain in my chest and back. I am a 33 year old female who is ready for the challenge of nursing school but it is a challenge for me to lift a lot of weight and my endurance is hindered. I am also very petite, 5'1", 90 lbs. What I lack in physical ability, I make up for in compassion, determination and effort. I am just wondering if this is something a person with these circumstances could handle? You hear women ask all the time about the challenge of nursing school while being a single mom, or working two jobs, etc...but mine is a health issue on top of working a full-time job. Some of the LVN's at the hospital my mom was in before she passed in March informed me that it would be too difficult for me and I should find another career. I became very discouraged and angry that my circumstances have affected every area of my life, including my future career. You see, I want to become a pediatric oncology nurse and help children going through what I went through at the age of 3. Please, any advice positive or negative would be appreciated. Just don't be too harsh please!
Sep 24, '12
by loriangel14 Guide
Nursing is very hard on the body. You need the stamina to stand for long periods of time, walk for miles each shift and be able to roll and lift patients.The most common injury is to the back. You may want to consult with a doctor that has knowledge of your physical health for advice.All you can do is try. If you don't you will always wonder.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Sep 25, '12