I want to be a RN and work one on one with patients what field should I study


I am graduating from high school on Saturday and heading to Western Washington University in September. Western doesn't have a nursing program, just pre-nursing classes. So I need to decide what kind of nurse I want to be so that I can transfer to an appropriate nursing school after finishing my pre-nursing classes at Western.

I am going to school to be a RN, but I am concerned that my interest is in the work of a nurse's assistant, but yet I really want to study as an RN.

I would like to have a job where I am working one on one with a patient or with a few patients. I want a job where I am not only responsible for the patients medical needs, but their basic needs as well. Is there such a job?

Thank you

Alexandra T.:nurse:

jb2u, ASN, RN

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Specializes in ICU, ER, Hemodialysis. Has 5 years experience.

Home hospice care and Home health are one to one.

ICU and Acute Hemodialysis nursing are normally two to one.

I guess you can go under the specialty tab here on allnurses and read about these to start yourself off. Best of luck to you.


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Specializes in auditing, icu, gi lab, pulmonary fx.

I worked ICU as both a staff nurse and charge nurse. Your work load hopefully 1:1 and 2:1, unless you're understaffed, then all bets are off. Dialysis, OR, special procedures labs, home health care (if you don't mind driving) are generally 1:1 settings. However, you don't have to decide all of that now before starting nursing school. When I started nursing school I swore up and down that I was going to be an OR nurse, but after doing my Critical Care rotation I was completely hooked on working in ICU. My first job after graduation was as a staff nurse on Noc shift in an SICU. I was a very happy camper. So, wait and see what excites you once you get started in nursing school and doing your clinical rotations. Best of luck, Alex2011!