new here-freaked out-did I make the right choice?

  1. Hi I'm new to this forum, and I'm needing some advice.
    I'm freaked out. I start my new career as a first year nursing student for BSN this week. But I'm not sure if I made the right career choice. I thought I wanted to become a nurse, but now I'm not so sure. and I haven't even started school yet!

    I worked as a geriatric worker in a nursing home, as well as home care and I didn't really like those experiences all that much. I became more interrested in other types of nursing like public health, maternity/midwifery, and mental health.

    I guess I've been trying to fake it till I make it, which isn't working.
    I've been to my orientaion and met some other fellow student and they seem so excited,and I'm still so unsure. I feel like a fraud. I don't know.

    I just don't feel all that passionate about it. My heart doesn't feel in it,yet. Will I get that "feeling"?

    So do you think I should try it for a a little while and then decide which direction to take or change now.

    Maybe I have cold feet,:uhoh21:

    Thanks in advance for any advice,
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  3. by   Tweety
    Perhaps it's just nerves and cold feet.

    No one says you have to be passionate about what you do. It helps some people perhaps.

    Good luck!
  4. by   bekah79il

    first things first. relax. even if you DONT want to be a nurse, your BSN can let you do so many other things, like teaching english in korea, japan, or lots of other interesting places. being a nurse is not only patient care. obviously this is the part that we see most, but there is management, dischare planners, you could work for an insurance company, or even be a pharmaceutical rep. just think of that first year of whatever you do after graduation as part of school.

    That said, I can not think of a single more rewarding career. some of it seems hokey when we all say that, but the more you are in it, the more you will love it.

    also consider that you may not have had the best experiences. try to think about what you like and dont like aobut each agency and clinical experience you have in school, this might help you pick an area you are interested in when you graduate and are looking for a first job.

    The beauty of nursing is the ability to reinvent yourself over and over again. its a stable job, and pays the bills pretty well, too.

    also remember that if you are about to start school, someone else who wanted to become a nurse was passed over for you to be accepted. just TRY. once you have a good experience, you will fall in love with it, althought it may not be in the most traditional sense. allow yourself the freedom to explore allllll the opportunities you have as a nurse.