Very worried about duties :(

  1. Hello everybody! My name says it all...I have so many interests that I could be in school forever! However, I need to get going on something to support my big family

    I originally went back to school for pharmacy but I just couldn't master Chem II. So that took out all my second choices...chiropractic, dentistry...etc.

    I still want to be in the health care field but I am also interested in the administrative end of it. I'm a very organized, take charge kind of person.

    I want to go to school for RN to begin and keep going to school to get my masters. However, I am very scared of the things they will make me do. I realize that there are so many different areas in this profession, esp. if I get into the managerial/admin. end of it. But in school....what will I have to do? What will I have to see (and smell!) I honestly dont know what to expect or know if I will be able to stomach it.

    Thank you for all of your help!
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  3. by   tookewlandy
    Well what would you expect to see if you are taking care of sick people?
  4. by   jenn_rn_nj
    in nursing school you will be exposed to the "down and dirty" aspect of caring for people. you are trained to be a nurse, which involves body fluids of all kinds.

    if you are more interested in administrative avenues, perhaps it's best to explore a degree in healthcare administration or public health not nursing, which is a very hands on field.
  5. by   Gompers
    Quote from ProfessionalStudent
    I want to go to school for RN to begin and keep going to school to get my masters. However, I am very scared of the things they will make me do. I realize that there are so many different areas in this profession, esp. if I get into the managerial/admin. end of it. But in school....what will I have to do? What will I have to see (and smell!) I honestly dont know what to expect or know if I will be able to stomach it.
    You won't just have to deal with the nasty stuff in school - you're going to have to work as a nurse before you get into administration. Yes, you'll hear stories about this nurse manager or that director of nursing who went straight from BSN to MSN and got a management job right off the bat. But talk to any nurse out there and they'll tell you that you can't be an effective leader if you've never been in the trenches. You have to know how to be a nurse before you will know how to manage them.

    Just some words of advice.

    And the gross stuff, you get used to it pretty quickly. Once you are in school and working, there is so much more to nursing than that and it'll just become another part of the job.
  6. by   JoshuaC
    You should only go to nursing school if you want to become a nurse. If you go into nursing school just because you couldn't get the hang of Chem. II then you're doing it for all the wrong reasons.

    You need to find the one thing you really want to do and go for it all out. If the classes are hard then you should just study until you get it. If you go into nursing without it being the one thing you really want to do then more than likely you won't last long.

    Also, nurses really have to care for people to be a good nurse. If nursing duties make you uncomfortable then that might get in the way of you being a caring nurse. Nursing is a calling; only so many people have what it takes to be a good nurse. Sure anyone could become a nurse if they went to school, but that doesn't mean they'd be a good nurse. There are plenty of horrible nurses out there.

    You really need to take some time to decide what you really want to do. I don't really know you though, so for all I know you'd make a great nurse, but from what it looks like you need to think about it more. It's a bid decision.
  7. by   tookewlandy
    Umm Nursing is not some magical calling to everyone, And frankly we cannot say what will or will not make someone a good nurse because we are not nurses yet, just students.

    But i do agree that just because you did not do well in chem should not be the reason you decided to take nursing. You have to have a good chemistry knowledge base for nursing and if you did not get a good grade in chem then when you apply for the nursing program that can really hurt your chances of getting in. I know that you need the experience at the bedside(@ least some) to make a good APRN or anything in management, so you wont escape the gross stuff just because you are going straight through to get your Masters. You will have to deal with it all in nursing school so maybe you should get a CNA job and see if you can handle that before committing to nursing
  8. by   xt1
    See below thread to read about things that could make you sick... I think its mostly all in your head and once you do these things enough they become not such a big deal anymore... All will be fine so long as you keep focused and realized in the end all the ack! will be worth it

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f198/things-make-you-go-ehhh-errmm-ack-172841.html
  9. by   JoshuaC
    Nursing is a calling. If you're not getting into nursing because you want help people then you shouldn't be in nursing, period. Not everyone has what it takes to be a nurse.
  10. by   Jolie
    Quote from ProfessionalStudent
    Hello everybody! My name says it all...I have so many interests that I could be in school forever! However, I need to get going on something to support my big family

    I originally went back to school for pharmacy but I just couldn't master Chem II. So that took out all my second choices...chiropractic, dentistry...

    Thank you for all of your help!
    It just may take out your third choice, as well. Most nursing programs require General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with labs, as well as Biology, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology, all of which require a basic knowledge of chemistry. If science is not your strong point, then you may find that business administration or healthcare administration is better suited to your interests and abilities.

    Good luck!
  11. by   NoWaNrN
    maybe you should be an administrator!
  12. by   ProfessionalStudent
    Thank you so much, GOMPERS, that is exactly what I mean....I can only respect a leader if they know what their staff is going through
  13. by   ProfessionalStudent
    To Tookewlandy, I merely wanted to give a little background about myself. It's not that I feel this is a back up plan or my only choice. I couldnt fully understand the chemistry stuff so I couldnt go on with my pharmacy major. I have a strong desire to be in the health care field. I only wanted to know about some of the duties that they have you do during schooling...but I haven't gotten too much feedback about that yet. I should probably be addressing this to those who have already been through it, I am sorry...I posted in the wrong thread

    Thank you though and good luck to you all!!
  14. by   ProfessionalStudent
    Quote from Jolie
    It just may take out your third choice, as well. Most nursing programs require General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with labs, as well as Biology, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology, all of which require a basic knowledge of chemistry. If science is not your strong point, then you may find that business administration or healthcare administration is better suited to your interests and abilities.

    Good luck!

    Since I really want to be in the health care field, I am hoping this will be a good choice for me My curicullum has no chem. in it at all. There is A&P and micro but I am very adept at biology so I should be set with that. I already took Chem I if it's ever needed down the road...but for the RN program, it's not.

    I eventually want to be an administrator but I feel as though I'd be a better one if I began with learning what I'll be preaching

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