I was accepted to an associates degree nursing program at Clatsop Community College in Oregon. It's a great honor because, at least according to the instructors, the school has had the highest NCLEX pass rates in Oregon for several years, and I'm very happy to be going to school on the coast. I was born on the Oregon coast and really love it here. It brings me joy.
I started down this path because I feel quite strongly that I have a purpose to help people in one way or another. In fact, my initial career goal was to become a licensed professional counselor...but then I started taking biology classes and fell in love with them. The result was an RN career path.
Academically, I'm not that nervous at all. I've maintained a 4.0 for a long time and my writing skills are among the best. Intellectually, I know I have what it takes to become an RN and beyond.
What makes me nervous is patient care...
I 'm currently taking NUR-50, which is a basic skills course for students accepted to the nursing program but who have not had any CNA training. In short, I'm very much a novice with the hands-on stuff!! We will be performing vitals and bathing patients in the hospital among other things. I just don't want to turn into a statue while helping a patient!!! I just keep feeling like I shouldn't feel this way or that a prepared student would feel differently. Or that, god forbid, I'm not "cut out" for it. I'm a male too...which probably makes it more difficult as a nurse. I do know that if I quit...I would regret it. And I'd always wonder...
There have been other things going on in my life for the past several years that are impacting my outlook. I'm seeing a counselor this week to talk about things. I guess I'm just looking for some individuals to relate to and tell me that I'm not alone!!!