(I'm from Denmark, so sorry for any possible misunderstandings) I'm in high school. Recently I've strongly considered becoming a nurse. It's never been something, I've considered before (I didn't think of it as an opportunity). It's something so out of my comfort zone. But yet, there's something about nursing, that draws me in.
When I was 8, I started writing. I thought I'd become a journalist/writer. I do love to write, but it's not something I want to make a career of. But my parents and teachers kind of decided for me - journalism. It's the obvious route. I felt fine with it. I didn't love the idea, but at least it's something I like doing. But lately, something's changed.. I was watching TV, when some random medical drama came on. I immediately connected with the nursing profession. It was like the world broadened, or something. Like I finally got a pair of glasses, and I could see clearly. I instantly wanted to be a nurse. It feels right. But I'm afraid, I'm not cut out for the job/education. I've never been good at science or biology, and I'm not the most hands-on person.
I've read a lot of discussions on numerous sites, but they all give me different answers. So I'm hoping someone out there can help me. Should I go for it - follow my heart? Also, have any of you been in the same situation - and what did you do?
(Sorry if this sounds confusing. I feel
Honestly, only you can make this decision. There is a lot of hard work that goes into getting into a program, then the program itself is rigorous. But if it is truly something you want to do, then it will be worth it. One thing to keep in mind is that the TV shows are NOTHING like real nursing. TV glams up medical careers because no one wants to watch what really goes on in a hospital. You get violent patients, all kinds of just nasty everything on you. Vomit, feces blood, you name it. Not everyday is a nasty day, but it happens. If you are unsure, start with a CNA. Most schools don't have any sort of waitlist and only require basic prereqs. You could probably get the pre reqs and CNA course done in a year. Then work while you take the rest of the RN program pre reqs. This will give you a small taste of what it would be like to be a nurse so you can get a better grasp if you really connect with nursing or not. You don't have to be the smartest person, or the best in science and math. You just have to work hard to learn the material and be able to think like a nurse. GL in what you decide
ETA: ALso remember that because you just recently decided nursing is for you, it may just be a fad. I mean no offense in this, but you are young. In highschool you will fall in and out of love with a lot of things because of you maturity level and brain development (not a bad thing). So before you set in anything in stone, really think about it for a while.
Also, if you school offers off campus ROP class, see if they have a CNA course or something similar. Then it will be a free class that will count as highschool credits and you can start working fresh after highschool graduation to see if this is really for you.
Last edit by mrsboots87 on Oct 2, '13
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