I am in the process of getting registered at college in my home town, Temple, Texas, to go to nursing school, but seem to be having some second thoughts....Not sure if I am nursing material. I like helping people and I know it is hard work, but unsure if my personality would work with it....soft-hearted and sometimes unsure, but also know that once you get used to doing something that you can persevere on.......any thoughts would be a wonderful help.
Oct 17, '06
Nursing is the hardest & the most rewarding career anyone can have. & I DO MEAN HARD! To more easily enter the nursing program, take some college courses & ace them. This will ensure to them that you will be able to finish the course material. Of course, there are a lot of prerequisites that you are going to have to take for nursing school, so the more of those you get out of the way before you start the nursing part, the better off you will be. I took A&P, microbiology, chemistry, English, math/algebra, my electives, so that when I started the nursing program, all I needed was the nursing courses, the clinicals, & the roundtable group on Friday mornings. Worked for me: I was the Student Nurse of the Year for my class & Outstanding Student Nurse in the State my Senior Year. If you decide you don't want to be a nurse, then you have the prerequisites out of the way for whatever you want to switch to, so you won't have wasted any time at all.
Oct 17, '06
I found myself wrestling with this decision last winter after toying with the idea for years. I figured taking a pre-requisite wouldn't hurt, so I did. That was an eye-opener: Once I finished the class, I knew that I wanted to go back to school for a second degree. It wasn't long before I realized that I didn't want to waste any more time. I just wanted to do it, so I quit my job to go to school full-time.
I also spent a fair amount of time shadowing nurses and talking with them about what they liked and didn't like about the profession. I also did a lot of online research and found that there is a nursing specialty to suit just about every personality type. As one of my advisers put it, if you don't like what you're doing, you can always reinvent yourself. My old career didn't offer that option.
I can't say that I don't have doubts, but I am surprised at how my interest in this profession -- and in the academics it takes to qualify -- grow every day. I wanted work that I could be passionate about. I think I've found it.
Oct 18, '06
Good luck to you. Sounds like you're pretty self-aware. As long as you can be tough when you need to be, not afraid to confront, able to handle criticism and be your own assertive (not aggressive) advocate, you'll be o.k. with those qualities you mentioned. Nursing is not for the faint of heart.......you have to be tenderhearted for sure, but also tough as nails.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 18, '06
Oct 18, '06
Careerwise, have you taken your prereqs? or are you going to actually start the nursing program?
Oct 18, '06
One thing I noticed in your topic line - and I say this to my kids all the time
If you are having trouble trying to do something, it is because you are trying. Don't TRY to do it, do it or don't do it - but take the word try out of it.
If you are undecided about nursing, you might see if you can find a nurse to shadow for a few days to see if this is something you would really like to do. You might also see if the college you are attending has a student nurses group.
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