Re: “Is this normal to feel struck at 24 about what I really want as a career?”
Hi Liz. Yes it’s perfectly normal to not know what you want as a career at your age. I know people in their 40s & 50s hating their current job, but not knowing what they would prefer to be doing. That’s why Liberal Arts is a wonderful thing. As you complete your prerequisites, you’ll find yourself drawn to a particular(s) area: Sciences, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology, History, ect.
When you start taking your core courses (nursing) & start clinicals, you will be exposed to different areas of nursing. Again, afterwards you will probably find yourself drawn to an area or areas.
There are so many different specialties, areas (bedside, hospital, office, clinic, home care, dialysis, administravtive, research, informatics, education, medical missionary, ect), advance practice nursing; NP (Nurse Practitioner), CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist), CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
, DNP (Doctor of Nursing). And all of these areas have specialty areas that you can specialize in.
Re: “I just don't know if I can smart enough to work as a Nurse Anesthetist”
Your not just taking courses, your growing, learning, and becoming a critical thinker. Colleges has oodles of FREE resources to help their students exceed. Your professors are experts in their area. Utilize them.
I have a girlfriend that is a FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner), teaches at a university & also works at a hospital specializing in health behaviors of Deaf Sign Language users and identifying ways to promote health and prevent or manage diseases among under-served populations... She has her Ph.D, MPA, & FNP.
If it turns out that nursing isn’t for you, you can transfer all that knowledge into a career of Medical Coding & Billing. You would be amazed at how they take medical info from patients charts & transfer them into codes. And they have levels & specialties of certification as well that go to the Ph.D level.
Basically the sky’s the limit. Good luck and enjoy your journey!