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Currently enrolled straight out of high school for Pre-Nursing

Warihu Warihu (New) New

Hey you guys I have several questions hopefully you can help me out with. So allow me to kind of explain my situation...

I'm currently enrolled in a Pre-Nursing program to get my RN, but I'm rather conflicted. While in high school I started going to college at 15 for IT/networking and was very successful in all of my classes even won competitions in the field. While being in the class and over summer after graduation I put serious thought into whether or not I wanted to be a nurse(which I have always either wanted to be a nurse or wanted to be in the IT field) or if I wanted to be in the IT field and I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be a nurse. So when I went to go and register for college I instantly registered for the Pre-Nursing program to get my RN. Now after I've done that I met my wonderful boyfriend who is currently a LPN, and I've talked a lot with him about his job what he does etc. I'm rather conflicted on whether or not it would be better for me to stop doing classes for RN after this semester and start doing classes for LPN. I'm not quite sure which would be the better choice for me. The main thing that is worrying me is that I have no prior experience with medical science other than if you count regular high school biology. Another of the big things is I'm rather burnt out from school since I was going to college and high school at 15 through graduation. I would also really like to get a job soon because I still live at home and I'm really ready to get out on my own once I'm financially able to do so, also I want to get used to working in the nursing field so I can "settle in" for a lack of better words.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience. Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

Good day, Warihu:

Stay the course, and go for the RN. You already started the journey; don't get off track because of anyone.

Thank you.

Is it a BSN program that you're enrolled in? I agree with PP, stick with the RN route. Much better pay and a larger scope of practice. A lot of people who go into nursing don't have experience in the medical field, and that's okay. Most programs enable you to take the CNA exam after taking certain classes for nursing, and you can work while going to school as a CNA, which should take care of that healthcare setting experience.

It's a ASN program. Another big thing that is very concerning to me is that the college I'm attending only takes in 80 Pre-Nursing students and just during the orientation I met tons of soon to be peers that are already CNAs, LPNs, and Paramedics. When it comes to those sorts of credentials I have no experience what so ever

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I have no experience in the medical field and I start the program in 2 weeks. Those that are already LPNs and paramedics will not be in the cohort as you. They have different programs for them. You are young. Stay on your path and continue to save your money. You will be far better off in the long run.

I agree...stay on the RN path.....if there is anything I would go back and change in the past is I would have taken the path I wanted in college and stuck to it. Instead of taking the path that let me get out of the house and get married and be an adult faster.

I moved out at 19 and got married at 20...had our first child at 21. While I wouldn't trade the place i am with my family now for the world....I wish I had gone to nursing school back then instead of being in such a rush to be an adult.

Don't short cut...go for the program that will provide you with the most financially stable future and no regrets about not doing it. You don't want to look back in 10 years and say "man I wish I had just done the RN program back then"

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in Psych.

I agree. Stay on the path, keep the bills low and get your career out of the way. Try not to take out loan and continue pursuing nursing with no debt. After you graduate treat yourself to an oversea vacation like Paris. See the world and travel. You're young and have a sight like this to help you. Befriend your counselor at school and make sure he/she is a NURSE counselor.

Stay at home! Go to nursing school. You will be much better able to support yourself as an RN and you won't have to worry about relying on anyone but yourself. Don't rush to grow up, it goes by SO FAST. Especially if it's a ASN program. It's only 3 years, wait it out.

Thank you guys for all of your help and insight. I greatly appreciate it and it helped me a lot!

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