Potential Nurse, but scared to do it? - page 2
Hi, I am a 17 y/o female. A senior in highschool from CA. I am applying to colleges with BSN nursing as my intended major, but I don't know if I truly can handle it as a career. I am terrified,... Read More
Nov 23, '12 by NightNerd, ASN, RNJust to echo PPs:
1) Your fears about the profession make total sense and you're not alone! I think that those are things that never go away, and they are part of your motivation for being thorough and careful. We all make mistakes, and we all most likely WILL make these kinds of mistakes that we are afraid of. That's what school is for: getting down and dirty and having our judgment questioned by professors and instructors who have been there, done that. I hate being wrong, especially when it hurts someone else, but think of all the good we'll miss out on doing if we give into that fear.
2) It might help a lot to get more experience in direct patient care. You said you mostly hung out with the unit secretary at your last job/volunteer experience if I'm remembering right. I used to work as an admin assistant at an inpatient hospice unit and thought I was learning a lot. I got my CNA training and started doing nursing assistant work at the same place, and everything was sooooo much different! There is no substitute for doing the real thing. As a CNA, you'll probably be helping an RN, or at least witnessing an RN, doing a lot of their everyday tasks, and that puts you in a better place to decide whether it's for you. Plus, it puts your ability to deal with every kind of sight and smell and situation with grace and compassion. If you can continue to be pleasant to a patient and family who has been running your butt off all day, you can probably have faith in your ability to do this nursing thing.
Good luck in your decision!