My name is Angel and I'm new to this forum. I'm currently a third year Computer Science major, Psychology minor at a university. I have been thinking about changing majors recently because I am absolutely sure I do not want to be working in the technical industry after I graduate. I just don't get the vibe, if you know what I mean.
I do not have the pre-requisite courses either to get into nursing school. I had refrained from taking biology in university because I never believed I was good in biology. However, I have made an appointment to go see a nursing advisor tomorrow. Even if I do the pre-requisite courses and assuming I get accepted, I won't be able to start nursing school until January 2010, which is actually my last semester in CS. I feel it would be just stupid to quit by then.
My best friend has recently switched from general sciences to nursing and part of me just wants to go with her at the time, but I didn't have the guts to suggest that to my mom.
Also, my boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer about 6 months ago. He had a surgery last week and had to stay in the hospital for a week. I was going back and forth between school and the hospital and was able to observe the ways some of the nurses took care of patients. I'm not sure if hanging around at the hospital has influenced my decision either.
I finally had the guts to mention this to my mom this week and she doubts that I would be able to do it (now you know why I didn't have the guts to tell her). She mentioned that I have low tolerance of dirty things doubts I would be able to handle the dirty work. I also mentioned this to my aunt who I've only known for about a year. She's a nurse though, but she also doubts that I would be able to do it because I get stressed out very easily and can be very emotional. She's very blunt, I must say.
I probably won't change my major since I am so close to finishing my CS degree. However, I do plan on possibly doing a second degree in nursing. Will CS help in the field of nursing? Probably not, right? I'm also afraid that after I finish school and work in the industry for a couple of years (so that my degree won't seem like it went to waste), I will be too late by then. I want to do most of the helping while I'm still young because by the time I am old, I will be the one who needs help.
Will these having low EQ and being stressed out easily be things that will prevent me from pursuing a career as a nurse? Is there a lot of biology involved? Is this just a phase I'm going through because of my friend's decision and my boyfriend's condition? And the question I'm afraid to ask: Do nurses have to witness someone dying each day?
I love volunteering, in pretty much anything. I have a passion for helping people... but will these things I mentioned above block me from pursuing a successful career in nursing?
Thanks in advance for all your feedback,
PS: I'm sorry for the long post.