Need help on where to start

  1. Okay, so I am 21 married with 2 little ones. I want to be a pediatric nurse but I really don't know where to start or how the process is when you enroll to a school. I want to be able to work while I go to school as well if possible. So I guess my question is what are the steps or what do you start off as first once you've gone to school? I need help before I actually enroll to a school, I would greatly appreciate it, Thanks.
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  3. by   Tweety
    I'm not sure what you mean by "what are the steps or what do you start off as first once you've gone to school. Could you clarify that for us?

    Are you currently taking classes? Are you asking how to enroll in a school?

    You really should talk to the nursing school(s) in your area and they can guide as to what their requirements are and what you need to do to get into their programs, because different schools have different requirements.

    Most schools have prereq courses that you can talk while working.

    Good luck.
  4. by   jnda06
    Yes, I need help in deciding on schools and classes I should take. I want to be a pediatric nurse, but I want to work while I go to school to make sure that's really what I want to do. So what is the first degree I could earn in order to be able to work as a nurse or something like it. I am not currently enrolled, we are moving in October, so I don't want to start somewhere and have to transfer credits, I've heard that's alot of hassle. Once again thanks.
  5. by   Tweety
    You're questions are a bit vague still or I'm just thick headed.


    I sounds like you're talking about being a Nurse Assistant or Nurse Tech. which varies from state to state on what qualifies you. Here in Florida it can be on-the-job training. In North Carolina where I'm from you had to be certified which could happen in a few months, or we were able to get certified automatically after our first semester of nursing school.

    Ultimately if you're goal is to be a pediatric nurse, you probably should go for your RN. What schools you go to and what courses you take vary from place to place. Perhaps you can find the websites to schools in the area you are moving too. Most programs have general ed requirements like English, and pre-req requirements like math, anatomy and physiology and stuff like that.

    Sorry I'm not much help.


    Good luck!
  6. by   donsterRN
    Welcome to All Nurses!
  7. by   Daytonite
    hi, jnda06!

    since you haven't given any information as to what state in the u.s. that you live in on your public profile or in your two posts, i cannot get a list of nursing schools in the state where you live for you. if you will give me that information i will get links to those lists for you. there are two levels of licensing for nurses in the u.s.: rns (registered nurses) and lpns (licensed vocational nurses). there are levels of nursing jobs below these two, but they are not licensed. all states have a certified nursing assistant (cna) registry mandated by federal law. rns are the highest level of license you can achieve. you need to go to an rn school of nursing for this. these schools are usually connected with colleges and you often need to earn an associate degree or bachelor's degree as well as take the nursing courses. the next level under the rn is the lpn or lvn (in texas and california). you need to go to an lpn school of nursing for this. these schools are either free-standing or connected with community colleges, private school or other community educational services. cna training is usually offered at nursing homes, community colleges and as part of some community service programs. in all cases, you take a state test which you must pass to get the license or certification in order to be able to practice and work as those kinds of nurses or nursing assistants.

    here are links to websites that have information on how to become a nurse. you might also find information about nursing on your state department of education website. many state departments of education have programs to help adults transition to new careers. nursing is considered a career that is in need of new recruits! the jobs and pay for rns is very good. as an rn i have never had a problem finding work or getting a good wage. to become an lpn or rn you will need to have a high school diploma or ged. you would need to contact the various nursing schools you might be interested in attending (this is why i was looking to see what state you lived in, so i could also get you a list) and find out what their admission requirements are. each school will have slightly different requirements. in general, most rn schools require you to have taken classes in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry for the health sciences, human growth and development and basic algebra before you can take any nursing classes. each college also has other general subjects, such as english, history, and speech that they will require you to take as well. this information can all be found at each college website or from their college catalog that they publish. each college publishes an official college catalog, many are now online and available on their websites. i am also giving you a link to collegeboard.com which has extensive information for high school students and parents on how to plan for and get into a college. forget that you are 21. you will still find the information very helpful and informative.

    so, buckle down, kiddo. you've got a lot of reading to do! but, if you truly want to become a nurse, that is pretty much what you have in store for you--lots of reading! if you have more questions, please ask! may i also suggest that you check out the pre-nursing forum on allnurses at https://allnurses.com/forums/f198/ if you haven't already found it. you will find many others posting there who are working toward getting into nursing school so you will have a common interest with them. good luck and welcome to allnurses!

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...ophomores.html - sophomore year
    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...n/juniors.html - junior year
    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...n/seniors.html - if you are a senior thinking of going to college you need to look at this information


    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm - about registered nursing from the u.s. department of labor

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm - about lpn nursing from the u.s. department of labor

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos165.htm - information on nursing assistants (cna) from the u.s. department of labor

    http://www.discovernursing.com/
    http://www.discovernursing.com/jnj-s...ty_detail.aspx - information on pediatric nursing from discover nursing.com. there are weblinks here to articles about pediatric nursing and some of the professional pediatric nursing associations for you to check out.

    http://www.awhonn.org/ncc/student.htm - a very nice information page from the association of women's health, obstetric and neonatal nurses on being a nurse, salary you can expect to make, types of nursing degrees, nursing specialties with weblinks to some of the major professional nursing organizations, the nurse reinvestment act, and some information and how to search for scholarships and financial aid.

    http://www.nurse.ca.gov/ - california nurse outreach. the governors nurse education initiative home page. information here on how to become a nurse. although this site was set up for californians there is still good general information here about becoming a nurse.

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/...ers/45263.html - "ten questions to ask yourself" about nursing and if it might be right for you

    http://nursing.about.com/od/becomean...eforenurse.htm - "before you decide to become a nurse". things to consider about being a nurse. lots of links to information about what skills you need to become a nurse. and, what if you're really bad at math and science is discussed.

    http://nursing.about.com/od/becomean...oreveryone.htm - "nursing is not for everyone". this is a very down to earth and honest article that broadly discusses what a nurse does and what you can expect on the job as a nurse.

    http://nursing.about.com/od/nursings...sferskills.htm - "nurses skills transfer to other professions". a list of 8 basic job skills that nurses are able to perform making them desirable for hire in many other professions.

    http://healthscience.cypresscollege.edu/~rn/ - this is the website of the associate degree rn nursing program at cypress college, a community college here in southern california. at the left side of the page are links. as you can see there are links to information on how to apply to the nursing program as well as the minimum standards (to get into the nursing program). i included this just so you could see what a college nursing school website looks like and how you can find specific infomation on a college nursing site.
  8. by   chuck1234
    Daytonite is really taking his/her time to answer your questions....I really respect his/her dedication....
    I think you should go one step at a time...1st thing 1st....find a nursing program that will accept you....in some areas...nursing programs are very competitive...some of them have a waiting list of 2 to 4 years....getting into those programs...you might need a good GPA....
    Good luck!
  9. by   jnda06
    Well I currently live in Texas and we plan in staying in the state, I'm coming to the conclusion though that I should really wait on deciding when and where to start school at. My husband is in the military and will be getting out soon and we will be relocating to wherever it is that he finds a job.
    Basically what I want to do is enroll into school whether it be a private/public or community/university and as Igo through my classes certify in whatever I can until I become a peds nurse, is that possible, does it depend on what kind of school I go to? The reason I ask is b/c I'm not sure if peds is the route I want to go, so I want to be able to have sight in different areas.
    Thank you all for your help.

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