This is going to be a long post, and I'm not in the best place mentally, but I really need some advice from current nurses. Thanks to any who reply.
I've just applied to an LPN program. I'm in my mid 20s with no career direction. I earned a B.A. several years ago, but it's been pretty much useless in my job search
. I've worked in a variety of industries and nothing has been very enjoyable. I realize work is called work for a reason, but it would be nice to at least like
what I do AND be paid reasonably.
My family is getting tired of me always switching my career goals and constantly thinking about what I'd like to do. They want me to just pick something and stick with it already! I have depression, horrible anxiety (on medication for both), and I don't really enjoy science very much. I've taken anatomy/physiology classes in the past and hated them, but managed to get Cs. My family is thrilled that I've picked something. My grandmother was a nurse and she's so happy I've decided to be a nurse too.
I am a caring person, and I truly want to make a difference in the lives of others. I've struggled with how to go about making that happen in a job. I decided on nursing because it's decent money, stable, I'd get to help people, and I wouldn't be trapped behind a desk. Other than that... I really don't know what else I'd do if I don't do nursing. All my interests are better kept as hobbies. They're not very practical.
I hear these stories about how difficult it is to find a job, there really is no nursing shortage, nursing is a calling, etc. I realize no job is perfect and very few things are actually recession-proof. I know nursing schools and hospitals are businesses, so perpetuating the idea that nursing school = guaranteed job, is in their interest.
I'm already worrying about school and I haven't even been accepted yet. If I can't manage my anxiety now, how will I cope on the job? If I don't love science will school and the job be misery? I'm not into technology either, and I'm not mechanically inclined. I worry about all the very hands-on procedures I'd have to do... will that just get easier with practice? I don't want to make a fool of myself. I also don't want to make a huge mistake by going into this field and then regretting it.
Anyone have words of wisdom? Sorry for the length and rambling nature of this post.
Ok I've just read the first 2 replies. I disagree with the person who said nursing is not very sciencey. It's called the art and science of nursing! We PULL on science - evidence based research - for why we do everything in nursing! Science is extremely important! However you do not need to like it, to enjoy a career in nursing. You will probably need a good foundation in anatomy to do best in your nursing classes, and my nursing classes re-hashed everything in anatomy and added the critical thinking nurse parts on top of it. So, if you didn't like anatomy and physiology and didn't retain much, nursing classes will be tougher but maybe you don't like science because you didn't like the teaching style or you don't do good with a classroom setting. You can study on your own to prepare for nursing classes.
But the science is just one issue. The harder issue for you I think will be your mental health issues. I would strongly urge you to keep working on helping yourself mentally, so it is manageable, before you go into anything new. I do believe in the benefits of immersion therapy - but start off with something else besides nursing school imho because I'd be afraid you'd set yourself up to fail. However I don't know you but from this post. You might be ok enough to get through school, with help available to you whenever you need it (ie: a therapist who sees you weekly or biweekly, and working with the school counselor, and employing coping strategies that work for you)
I think some people fall into the trap that their job defines them or that they rely on their job to fulfill their life or make them happy. The truth is that even if you like nursing, you'll have some very bad work days. You wrote "I decided on nursing because it's decent money, stable, I'd get to help people, and I wouldn't be trapped behind a desk. Other than that... I really don't know what else I'd do if I don't do nursing. All my interests are better kept as hobbies. They're not very practical." And you wrote about how you've changed careers a lot and your fam isn't too happy and just want you to pick something. I get the feeling you think your career would fill a hole in your life, make you happy, etc but no one has that, no one loves every day of their job and every aspect.
If I were you, I would ask the school of nursing you are considering if you could arrange to attend a class as a visiting student interested in the program. And use that opportunity to talk to the students and the teacher. Ask the teacher what it's like being a nurse and if she could help you to connect with someone so you could shadow a nurse for a day. LPN school is intense, many have said on these forums I think you'd feel better about what decision you make once you see it first hand.
Wish you the best.
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