Trying to Find My Wings in the Nursing Field

  1. Hello, everyone! I recently stumbled upon the allnurses.com website and have read some of the postings. I've been managing a busy household for nine years and have, somewhere along the line, developed a strong interest in working in the healthcare industry. I cannot make up my mind regarding which direction I should pursue. My spouse thinks that I should try becoming a nurse. I am fully aware that the occupation of a nurse is a challenging yet rewarding one. I've been looking at the subject online and am in the process of talking with people whom I am acquaintances with because they are nurses/teach nursing. I am sure others out there may feel the same way that I do: I am nervous and apprehensive, yet excited, about the prospect of pursuing a career in nursing. It's a huge responsibility, what with dealing with people's lives, and then there is the academic part of it. I never took Algebra, Biology, or Chemistry in high school (I've graduated nearly 20 years ago), but I do feel that I have the desire to learn and realize that's what instructors are for: to teach. One of the big things about contemplating a nursing career is that there 'should' be a job for me, or anyone, who graduates from nursing school, whereas there might not be a plentiful supply of other healthcare jobs. I have been toying with the idea of medical assisting but live in a small town, and a person usually has to travel at least 30 minutes away for anything (restaurants, shopping, etc). Any advice on what would be some good starting points regarding my foray into this challenging and rewarding career would be greatly appreciated. Another question that I have that I might as well go ahead and ask is this: If I choose a school within my state and get a license to practice nursing, etc., if I should decide to go to the next-door state and secure employment, will I have to get certified in that state, as well? Thanks in advance! Southern Indiana Gal P.S. I just previewed my post, and I am having difficulty separating the text into paragraphs, so I apologize in advance if the text ends up all in one paragraph. P.S.S. I majored in a diploma Executive Secretarial program several years ago at a technical college, but, other than that, I don't have any experience working in a medical setting.
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    Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 55
    Student at Ivy Tech; Taking pre-requisite courses for AS Nursing Program; Goals involve obtaining my BSN; from US

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  3. by   BoomerRN
    My advice before going to nursing school to train as a nurse is you should first work as a cna (certified nurses assistant) or volunteer in a hospital or other health care facillity. This would give you some experience working with patients and other health care workers and let you see if this is what you still want to do. I have enjoyed working as an RN for almost 30 years, but I wish I had had some experience in the health care field before jumping into nursing school. I had no idea what was involved. I was 26 when I started school and had not taken chemistry, I did have algebra. I wouldn't worry about these courses. You can get help with them. I had my brother help me study for the chemistry. The hard part for me was trying to study and write several careplans everynight with 3 yelling children. As far as practicing in another state, it depends on the individual laws and how well you do on your state boards. Don't let anything or anyone scare you off from what you want to do. If you feel this is what you want--go for it. I had no family to help me watch my kids, who were 7months, 3 and 6 at the time I went to school-only my husband helped. There were no day cares at that time near me so I had to find my own baby sitters. But, I was determined and I'm glad I stuck with it. It was worth it. Good Luck to you.
  4. by   soingal
    Quote from BoomerRN
    My advice before going to nursing school to train as a nurse is you should first work as a cna (certified nurses assistant) or volunteer in a hospital or other health care facillity. This would give you some experience working with patients and other health care workers and let you see if this is what you still want to do.
    BoomerRN, Thanks for the quick reply to my post! Yes, I had an aunt tell me that it might be a good idea to try to try something part time, etc. to see how I'd like it. The town that I reside in has a nursing home, and routinely offers CNA classes. However, if I enroll in their paid class, I will be in a contract (for maybe 2 years) to work at the nursing home. I'd love to volunteer at a hospital but will have to wait until my spouse secures a new job. He recently became unemployed and is starting truck driving school tomorrow and will be obtaining his CDL in the process. I know of 2 nursing homes, our town's included, that are looking for volunteers, but I don't have paid childcare at this time (I know that it seems like an excuse), but, until a regular paycheck starts rolling in again, it would be more difficult for me to be a volunteer at any of the local hospitals since they're at least 30 minutes away. Good point, though. I think I'd really enjoy it, though! Some of the things that have had a bearing on my desire to be part of the healthcare field relate to my late father suffering from strokes and my own medical follies (I've had nearly 10 surgeries, from 3 c sections, a hernia repair, a pilonidal cystectomy [tailbone surgery], a recent D&C, upper GI scan, dermoid ovarian cyst removal...you get the picture! LOL) I'll keep you posted.
  5. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses.

    The best place to start is to talk to an advisor at your local school. More than likely there will be an admissions test to place you in the proper math and English classes. It's a long journey but well worth it.

    NCLEX is a national exam, so if you get licensed in one state, it's easy to get the license in another state, all you do is pay money. But you don't have to take the exam over again.

    Good luck. Feel free to ask any questions you have, either here or better yet in the various forums we have. We have a pre-nusring student forum here: https://allnurses.com/forums/f198/
  6. by   suebird3
    Welcome to allnurses.com! Up where I am, you need to be a CNA before starting school. If you were a CNA, you could still take courses part time, right?

    Suebird
  7. by   soingal
    Quote from suebird3
    <font face=&quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;><font size=&quot;3&quot;>Welcome to allnurses.com! Up where I am, you need to be a CNA before starting school. If you were a CNA, you could still take courses part time, right?
    I don't know about that. I was unable to get a hold of someone that I know who teaches nursing at a local community college. I have a friend who is an ICU nurse at a local hospital; prior to the ICU, she was in med/surgical. It would probably be beneficial to talk to her, as well. I don't know that she was a CNA prior to working at this hospital. She may have went for 4 years of college. A college in Cincinnati has a new nursing program (I think it's for RNs) that costs $45,000 plus books...yikes!! I I live over an hour from Cincy... think it's a 2-year program. P.S. What do I need to do to ensure that my paragraphs have a space between them? The sentences are all in one instead of separated...
  8. by   soingal
    Hello again! Well, it's 'amost' official. I have met w/an admissions rep at a college in Cincinnati, OH and am really interested in their medical assisting program. They also offer a program in practical nursing, which I may lean toward [that direction] in the future. However, before I can get this process 'officially' underway, I have to get my childcare options worked out. Since we are technically unemployed, I (as well as the admissions rep) believe that I would have the best chance of receiving financial assistance. My spouse will be entering his 2nd week of truck driving school this week. Even though I don't know if I'll someday take the plunge and try to go for a LPN, etc., I thoroughly enjoy reading the allnurses.com forums and find myself glued to the computer screen on a daily basis! This site provides a plethora of great information that I can/could use now or in the future that I would probably have difficulty obtaining somewhere else. Everything that one could want (or need) to know is all in one place. Take care, Hoosier
  9. by   Tweety
    Nice to hear back from you. Good luck!
  10. by   BoomerRN
    Good Luck! Keep us informed.
  11. by   allyse1951
    You had posted that a Nursing Home in your town has a paid CNA program and that you have to sign a 2 year contract (which seems like a very long time) some employers will pay for your nursing school if you sign a contract to continue to work for them after graduation. I think it is really important to work hands on before investing in school to make sure you really want to do this type of work. I didn't go to nursing school until I was in my 30's, but worked for a year as a CNA before school started to make sure this is what I wanted to do. It was well worth it. Good luck.
  12. by   soingal
    Hello again! I feel pretty good about my decision to pursue medical assisting. Since I had my recent abdominal surgeries, I still have pain issues and am skittish about pursuing a career that involves lifting. Do LPNs participate in a lot of that? It's almost official: I meet w/the admissions rep tomorrow. Talked to him 2 days ago, and he said he was going to accept me. I will be filling out some paperwork that won't take long. I will be back there within a day or so to talk shop w/their financial aid department. I'm really excited about it. The class hours are great, too: 9-12 Monday thru Thursday. I won't be in 5 p.m. rush-hour traffic and will definitely be home in the afternoon before the kids get home from school. However, I will have to make some arrangements when the snow flies. My youngest, age 3, will be in the childcare, however. I took him today so that I could take care of some things. Call it &quot;breaking him in.&quot; heh heh The orientation is Sept. 28, with classes starting October 2. I have to go w/my spouse tomorrow to take him to his training because the old car that he bought rcently to get him back and forth to his training needs the exhaust fixed. (He passed his CDL testing today, btw). I really want to take care of this college stuff this week and not reschedule it, so I'll have to find something to occupy myself while in the city. I contemplated looking for an internet cafe...LOL Again, thanks for the well wishes! Hoosier
  13. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. Yes, LPNs and RNs do a lot of lifting, depending on the job.
  14. by   soingal
    I met with the admissions rep earlier today and signed some paperwork. I am returning this Sat. to meet with their financial aid dept. I wish I could've taken care of this today, but they had to get an appt., and I don't have the necessary documents with me. If I cannot get all of my college paid for by grants, etc., then I may very well have to check into a local college (cheaper, I believe). I don't know if the coursework at Brown Mackie is comparable to Ivy Tech or what the local college placement percentages are. Brown Mackie-Cinti claims theirs is 75% or better. My spouse said that he'd support me, but he's not really doing so, so it's ultimately up to me to make this happen, if it's going to happen. He wants me home 24/7 with the kids, yadda yadda. However, I'm a strong-willed person and feel excited about pursuing this career path, sooooo.............. I'll post back when I find out more, which should be this Saturday.

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