Lost with nursing - page 2

I feel completely lost when it comes to the occupation i want. I am a 19 year old first year nursing student. I finished high school last year and jumped into a nursing degree because i thought it... Read More

  1. by   pyrolady
    Dear Lost: Please go to your nearest Community College or University and get FOUND. Here is how you do it: Find their Career Center and have them do career testing on you. It will take approximately three hours and when you are done it will have cross matched your personalilty type / likes and dislikes/ with some career suggestions. Also speak with one of their counselors. GET OUT OF NURSING - just because mum or auntie did it does not mean it's right for you....there are a lot of ways you can help people. Also, I don't know where you went to school but $18,000 is too much to pay for your first year. At that clip you will owe close to $100,000 when you are done. When you decide on the degree you want ( if any - you may decide to get a certificate in something - many vocational things pay more than nursing as well....) but IF you go to college, please take your first two years of credits at a local community college which is MUCH less expensive and then transfer to the university after that. Your university and community college will work together related to what transfers and what does not - keep a close eye on that as you don't want to waste money on a class that won't transfer, or a three credit class in say English if the University want's a four credit class (means you'll still have to take another to meet the requirements). Good luck to you, and Get outta dodge when it comes to the nursing degree. Oh, and one more thing - if you are obsessive compulsive then you may need some special help when it comes to a career choice so you don't go hopping from one to the other.
  2. by   berniemcr
    My first degree ( at the age of 51) was in social services which I absolutely loved. I have been an insurance agent for 25 years (which I hated). I then went for my RN and at the age of 57 completed it. I got a job 6 months ago in psych (child and adolescent) and feel like I am doing social work with a nurse's paycheck and I love it. There are several behaviour health counselors on my unit who are in Nursing school or finishing the pre-reqs for it so they can have the same thing.

    I also agree with the cost of your schooling--if you can, a community college is cheaper and the RN after your name doesn't ask what school you went to.

    Good luck!! I remember my oldest child went through the "Major of the week" during college--finished with a psych degree and is now a Physicians Assistant doing surgery every day. My youngest finished with a Journalism degree and is now a special ed teacher with emotionally disturbed students--go figure.

    Once again, good luck in your decisions.
  3. by   Mary Poppins
    This job isnt about the money, this job is about the people you help, this job isnt for everyone and this is a decision that many young nurses if not all will face through there lifetime, god knows ive been there

    At the end of the day, you need to be happy, happy in your job and happy in your life

    It takes alot to balance but it is achievable, there are no goals that are not obtainable if you put in the hard work!

    goodluck and goodluck to all young nurses out there

    I think this is a great forum, i only wish i knew of it earlier