Hey! i am new here!

  1. hey guys! i am new here! i am 13 years old almost 14 in september! i just wanted to stop in and see what you guys think i should start reading before i goto college for a rn! what do you guys recommend? this message board seems really good!:chuckle well i am gonna stop talking(hehe)! hope to hear from you guys!
    Last edit by RNbrat on Jul 15, '02
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  3. by   LasVegasRN
    Hey! Welcome to the boards! Gee, I don't know what I'd recommend for you to start reading now. I would recommend taking a CPR and First Aid course to get you started... :angel2:
  4. by   RNbrat
    hey! that was fast! thanks for the recommendation! what would be your recommendation on crp and first aid course? i am also interested in reading books on nursing, so far i have chosen the following books:dictionary of medical derivations, building a medical vocabulary and fundamentals of nursing including the study guide.
  5. by   RN-PA
    Welcome RNbrat! The American Red Cross offers CPR and First Aid classes. They are probably in your telephone directory and you could call for more information.

    Also, try your local library and start with a search for books on nursing or health-care related topics.

    Have fun!
  6. by   RNbrat
    hey RN-PA! thanks for the info! i will do!
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    Reading is cool, but you really hafe to think as well. Look at an orange and describe for me what vitamin C is. How do you get the vitamin in you? Can you get energy from an orange? How does an orange become a moving person? Do you exhale part of the orange out as carbon dioxide? What is a gas? Do little bits of bone float around in your blood? What makes a heart so special it never stops beating?
    If you can think about this stuff, and imagine, you may have the key. CPR is cool too. Good luck.
  8. by   alwaysthere
    Go to your hospital and volunteer. Practical experience is the best teacher.
  9. by   AngelNurse1997
    There is a book out there called "Your First Year as as RN". It's by Donna Wilk Cardillo, RN. You can get it at Borders or Barnes and Noble for about 20 bucks.
    Last edit by AngelNurse1997 on Jul 16, '02
  10. by   kookyscientist
    Hello RNbrat,
    I would recommend that if you can, take science courses in highschool(Chemistry, Biology, Math).That way, when you start college you will be prepared (maybe even test out of some classes e.g. Algebra). A lot of science courses are part of the nursing curriculum. Also I agree to go to the hospital and volunteer, that way you will have some sort of an idea what to expect. There are some people in my program that have never stepped into a hospital until their first clinical, you'll be ahead in that aspect. Good luck.
  11. by   MollyMo
    Originally posted by alwaysthere
    Go to your hospital and volunteer. Practical experience is the best teacher.
    And while you're volunteering, let the staff know that you're interested in nursing. They can help also. Welcome aboard. Pick our brains anytime.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Welcome RNBrat! Nice to see young people coming here!

    I was a Candy Striper and it's a good way to see what hospital work is all about...you can also do this through the Red Cross if you prefer to volunteer in nursing homes.

    Do you like to read? The Echo Heron books give good insight of the life of a nurse...you will get a bird's eye view from her.

    Agree with others' advice....let your counselors know your interests so they can steer you to appropriate courses.

    Good luck and post often! And don't get scared off if we gripe here....many of us vent here but we still love our profession!
  13. by   RNbrat
    hey everyone! thanks for the infomation! the science teachers i have now don't teach me anything, they just teach their rights . i need to learn stuff on the side like reading books like i am trying to do right now. :imbar my parents told me about the candy striper and stuff. i will be going to the american red cross and try out the cpr and all the stuff they have there for me to do. i will try to get an application for my local hospital, they are building a new hospital in my area they are almost done but not quite yet. i really appriciate all of the info that you guys are giving me, it helps alot!:kiss
    Last edit by RNbrat on Jul 16, '02
  14. by   RNbrat
    oh and... Do they still have candy stripers?