Can I make it in nursing school?

  1. So I posted this another section and have not got much feed back, figured I would try my luck here.

    Ok so here is a little background.
    I am 21 years old, medicaly retired from the Air Force, and I have wanted to go into nursing my whole life. Well, when I got sick while in the military that dream seems impossible to grab. I suffer from really bad chronic pain, migraines, passing out, seizures, right side of my body tingeling and numbness, and my head twitches (kind of like tourets) but thats not what I have. I see several doctors and none can really figure out whats going on. I no longer have my drivers licence due to the twitching, passing out and seizures. I am on a handful of medications, but none of them really make me sleepy or keep me from functioning. Anyways, half of my family does not think I could make it through nursing school, let alone make it out in the career field. The other part says the same old thing, you can do anything you can put your mind to, blah blah blah. But I am not even sure if I could make it through nursing school at this point. I mean what if I was learing how to do an IV or something, and I twitch and poke someone in the wrong spot. Or am in the middle of dealing with a patient and pass out or have a seizure. I just dont know....honest opinions would be greatly appreciated....from what I have explained, does it seem do able? :/
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  3. by   AirforceRN
    If your worried about putting your patients at risk I think you already have the answer.
    Moreover, say you're inserting an iv, twitch and poke yourself with a dirty sharp...
    There may be areas of nursing that would work well for you, (telehealth comes to mind) but getting through the school clinicals may be difficult. Of course it all depends on how often these symptoms occur.
  4. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from KT08
    So I posted this another section and have not got much feed back, figured I would try my luck here.

    Ok so here is a little background.
    I am 21 years old, medicaly retired from the Air Force, and I have wanted to go into nursing my whole life. Well, when I got sick while in the military that dream seems impossible to grab. I suffer from really bad chronic pain, migraines, passing out, seizures, right side of my body tingeling and numbness, and my head twitches (kind of like tourets) but thats not what I have. I see several doctors and none can really figure out whats going on. I no longer have my drivers licence due to the twitching, passing out and seizures. I am on a handful of medications, but none of them really make me sleepy or keep me from functioning. Anyways, half of my family does not think I could make it through nursing school, let alone make it out in the career field. The other part says the same old thing, you can do anything you can put your mind to, blah blah blah. But I am not even sure if I could make it through nursing school at this point. I mean what if I was learing how to do an IV or something, and I twitch and poke someone in the wrong spot. Or am in the middle of dealing with a patient and pass out or have a seizure. I just dont know....honest opinions would be greatly appreciated....from what I have explained, does it seem do able? :/

    It does not sound doable right now. However, it is possible that physicians will find what is wrong with you, or at least better treatment to control your symptoms. At that point you could revisit your nursing school desire, if you regain better health. In the mean time, could you take some classes like Biology, A&P, Psychology, etc, to get some courses under your belt? Even if nursing does not turn out to be a viable possibility, you will at least have earned some college credit that you may be able to apply towards something else.
  5. by   HM2VikingRN
    Are you working with a Rehab counselor? Have you pursued VA medical coverage?

    I think that getting your medical conditions stabilized needs to be the first priority. I think your dreams are not out of reach but I think taking care of the caregiver needs to be the first priority.

    Wishing you the best.
  6. by   KT08
    I am not working with a rehab councelor (sp) right now...I am not even sure what that is. But I do have medical coverage through the VA, cuz I am considered 80% disabeled.

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