I'm new to allnurses.com and I have found this to be so informative!
I'm 21 and I'm currently waiting to start nursing school in fall of 2013 in New Jersey! And I couldn't be anymore excited.
I've always wanted to be in the medical field specifically a doctor but that's just too much for me. I want to have a family and be involved 150%. I've worked with doctors all my life and I know how hard it is to have provide a balance.
With that being said, nursing was the next option. I really fell in love with it in high school since we had different academic programs biomedical (nursing and paramedics), business, culinary, etc.
I recently worked with a Physician Assistant and I loved how she was able to do everything and anything. Whereas, a nurse practitioner has to specialize and CRNA only work with anesthesia, etc. Physician Assistants are also trained in the medical model rather than with the nursing model.
I'm just very confused with where I want to get to.
I was wondering if anyone had an insight/inside information on these three great careers.
Also since I'm starting nursing school soon, any advice? What do i need to get through the shifts? Other than a stethoscope, pens, alcohol pads, do i need to invest in anything else?