Cut and pasted this from the OB-GYN nursing section...thought she'd get better responses if EVERYONE had a chance to see her questions and her post was here.
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Questions, Please how!!!!!!
I am a Junior in high school. I am really interested in becoming either a NICU or OB-GYN nurse. I have already been on one NICU job shadow for 5 hours and five OB-GUN job shadows. I have learned how to give shots, seen both a vaginal birth and C-section, and learned the role of being a nurse. However I have some additional questions that I would really like to have answered.
1. Is nursing a flexible job for a mom who wants to stay home with her kids most of the time?
2. Would you reccommend for me to attend a two or four year program, what are the benefits?
3. In Nursing school do you do clinicals in ALL areas or are you able to choose, and how long is each clinical? 4. When your kids are young can you work only a couple times a month/ split shifts with another nurse? 5. What salary and benefits does a beginning nurse get? 6. Is it easy to get a job in OB-GYN right out of nursing school? 7. What are the pros and cons of your job
I would appreciate any information at all. I know that I would love to be a nurse!!!! Also if you are a nurse in the Portland Oregon area and would be interested in being my e-mail mentor or allow me to attend a job shadow please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much!!!!!!
Oct 17, '01
I'm a first year nursing student here in Oregon. I can't answer all of your questions, but I have a few bits of information and advice that might help.
First of all, I would highly recommend getting your degree no matter what- every mother should have the ability to support her family should the need arise- and children are expensive! Also, I recommend waiting to start a family until you have the degree (if possible) because both school and children require a great deal of attention. If you already have a child or children, then the road will be a bit tougher. Small children have hard time understanding the concept of study time! That said, nearly every woman and man in my class has children, including myself. It can be done!
OHSU has a wonderful internet program that allows working RNs to get their bachelor's degree after finishing their two year. This gives you options. You can get your two year degree and continue school while you are working. You can go ahead and get your four year degree- which tends to pay better and gives you more status (and responsibilities) and which allows you the option of immediately pursueing a masters. You might eventually want to become a midwife, for example.
Yes, you have to do everything in clinicals, but it's great experience and gives your nursing more depth. It would be hard to really understand all of the care being given to a pregnant woman who has cancer if you have never set foot in radiology, for example. You wouldn't be able to help her deal with upcoming and ongoing treatments nearly as well. I also look at it this way- it's a great way to sort out where my talents lie and what I really like and dislike in nursing.
My school is like this: Mondays I have class from 9:00 until noon. Tuesdays are labs from 9-12. Wednesdays class again from 9-11 and Thursdays are clinicals from 7-3pm. All of this changes next year (or possibly next semester!). I am also taking a computer course for my own benefit, since I have already completed all of the courses required for my degree. There is a large test every week or two, and additional lab hours are a very good idea! Every school has its own program and scheduling, but I thought this might give you a good idea of what is in store. Also, I went to school full time for nearly two years before getting into the program. There are a lot of hoops to jump through- but it is worth it if this is where your heart lies.
Maybe you haven't heard about the nursing shortage- this means there are many options out there for nurses- and many jobs!
One last idea- your school may have a CNA class. Mine didn't, but one of the local high schools does. You could also try the local community college! Becoming a CNA is a requisite for nursing programs in this state (although when it's required by varies) and it's another chance to get experience and information. It pays better than McDonalds and there are lots of jobs out there in different settings. Check it out- and good luck!
Last edit by Jacaut on Oct 17, '01