Hello Everyone! I am new here and have a few questions for you guys.
I am a 19 yr old HS grad and I am indeed a guy.
I have been very undecided about what to choose for a career.
Right now I am going with a "job" until I decide what I want to do.
I have interest in a few different area.
I have interest in the nursing field but have a few hold-me-backs.
I don't know if I will be right for the job mentally... If I am smart enough for it.
In HS I did great in all sciences (including biology and chem) and aced my math but didn't have to do any hard math such as algebra (basic math,general math 1&2,basic/pre-algebra, and business math). I haven't done anything like algebra 1 & 2 or trigonometry.
I am sure I can apply myself and get through the schooling if I do choose to go to nursing school, although I know it would be hard. I would like to help people and be among the 10% of male nurses out there. It is actually my brother in-law that inspired me to consider this career. I am fairly strong and would most likely want an ER or ICU nursing job.
Another thing- I am sure I can handle giving shots etc. Is it normal for one to be "iffy" about giving catheters and other things involving the privacy of a patient? Something one gets used to? If that turns me down is it a reason for me not to choose nursing as a career? I am sure its something I can get over.
What are some examples of a person who would make a good nurse. How do I know if nursing is right or me?
Quote from Schwabee524
I have to warn you that CNA is not as technical as nursing (RN). A couple the girls that were in my CNA class stated that CNA was an acronym for "cleaning nasty asses" and I couldnt agree more! I would recommend volunteering or shadowing to start out.
My biggest pet peeve as a CNA, is RNs/LPN that cannot handle the sight of vomit/feces/urine. I truly wonder how they survived clinicals. When you are a nurse, you have to take pride in your profession and what it stands for. You cannot pick and choose, i.e. "I don't like to work with old people" or "I want to work in a hospital because it pays more." You will have to work with people of all ages and all nationalities at some point or other. It's wrong to hate on people for being incontinent or incapable of caring themselves. That's what we healthcare workers are here for-- to improve the quality of people's lives.
Anyways, on topic-- I do agree with Schwabee524 that volunteering/shadowing are good places to start. It will help prevent reality shock later on if you do decide to become a CNA or go to nursing school and acclimate you to a healthcare setting.
** Edit: Also, I am not sure what nursing school you are planning to go to, but for the BSN I'm working on at UNM, Statistics is the highest level of math you need to have. If you were good at chemistry, I assume you did alright in dimensional analysis which will be good for Pharmacology courses.
Last edit by nguyency77 on Feb 2, '12