I have questions, and don't know what to do. Here goes.
I have always been drawn to pregnancy, L&D, neonates and breastfeeding. I feel like L&D is where I'm drawn to the most. I shadowed a float nurse in L&D for nearly 9 hours a few months ago, and was so amazed! I saw a lot that day (about 5 births - vag & c/s) and the day flew by. I am also interested in becoming a lactation consultant. Everything I'm interested in involves becoming an RN first (at least in my area). My concern is that my desires are too limited to be a good RN or to succeed in nursing school. I don't just want to be a nurse and help people. I want to be involved in one of the areas listed above. I see myself nowhere else. I feel like I'm destined to fail because of that. So many things are disgusting to me. I really dislike sick adults. I have no interest in caring for them day in and day out. I'm not even iffy about it, I could not do med/surg nursing. What sucks is that I feel like I can't figure this out without investing time and energy (and money) and THEN realizing it's not for me
I wish I could "be a nurse" for like a week and see if it's really for me, ya know?
Second question. I have two small boys (one is two, the other is nearly four). Should I wait to go to nursing school until after they go to school? Would it make a noticeable difference if I waited? I can't see how it couldn't, but now I feel like I would be a loser if I didn't go. I've been accepted to a selective BSN program and would start clinicals in August. Or I could do prereqs over the next year, then get on one of the many ASN two-year waiting lists (no joke) and start once my youngest goes off to Kindy or first grade.
I just sit and think about this all the time
I hate it. I go back and forth. I decide I'm not going, then I feel sad that I will never be a part of L&D. The thought of checking the cervix and feeling (and seeing) the baby move down the birth canal almost makes me burst with enthusiasm. But is that enough to get me through nursing school?
Please, please help me
I truly appreciate it!
Dec 5, '05
- I am starting my 4th (and final) semester of nursing school this January. I think the other nursing students on this board would agree with me that poop and pee are the least of your worries during nursing school, and eventually in this practice we call nursing. You get used to it.
- Sick people are everywhere -- including sick babies and sick mothers...sometimes very sick mothers and very, very sick babies. All will depend on you to care for them.
- Yes, you will need to get through nursing school. You will need 4 years of nursing school in order to be admitted into a Nurse Practitioner program -- which is what I believe you are seeking. Note: You only need 2 yrs for the RN degree -- but will eventually need 4 yrs total for the BS in nursing degree which allows you to advance to the above mentioned Nurse Practitioner program.
- I am not sure about the Lactation Consultant educational requirements ... but I can tell you the two that I have met in our hospital both have RN degrees.
- Regarding your children. You may need more than a year of pre-requisite classes before attempting to gain admission to a nursing school. You can certainly manage a family and kids, while taking Anatomy & Physiology. Also, when doing your pre-requisites ... just take one at a time to lighten the load. You can add more courses as your comfort and financial level dictates.
Absolutely have your finances and emotional life together before attempting this adventure.
- Regarding nursing school itself. What can I say? It's pure utter hell. This is comming from an invidual (myself) with a master's degree in computer science. We lost 6 more people this past semester out of a class of 30 that started the 3rd semester.
- Regarding your decision to raise kids and do nursing school plus pre-requisites at the same time --- my answer is a DEFINITE DO NOT DO!!!!! You are better off enjoying watching your little ones grow up while you proceed at your own pace.
- Definitely, don't do nursing school unless you feel like it's a calling. Seriously, you really, really, really have to want this. Nursing school consumes my entire life ... and that of my classmates. We just had finals, and the people who succeeded this past semester put in an average of 8 to 10 hours a day for two weeks in preparation. This is in addition to all of the clinical paperwork (done weekly), as well as the 4 journal articles (scrutinized by the faculty in as much detail as any English paper you'll ever write). All in all, we will have lost more than 50% of our original starting class by the time this program ends in June.
- My advice...start your pre-requisites now. They will be helpful, even if you decide to pursue another career. Just about every college program wants 1 or 2 semesters of English, plus some Math, and who knows what else. In the meantime, talk to your local hospital about volunteering or shadowing a nurse for a day.
- Seriously, in this game ... I don't know how you are going to escape the reality of dealing with bodily fluids and sick people. It just goes with the territory.
Hope this helps,
Syracuse, NY, USA
Last edit by SirJohnny on Dec 5, '05