Is nursing the correct major for me? Help!!!


Hi, I began my freshmen in college this fall, and I'm trying to decide what to major in.

I first thought about early education because I love kids and have taught kids before at church all the time,

but I realized I can't teach as well as I take care of children.

So I looked into Nursing and decided nursing might be a good major for me since I love volunteering and helping others.

But everyone around me has been warning me about how hard and difficult it is to major in nursing.

I'm currently attending Georgia State University.

Please help me, I'm definitely lost which path I should be focusing on.


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What do you want? No one can tell you what to do or what would be right for you. Yes nursing school is difficult. However, I don't think that is a reason to not go to nursing school. Do you want to be a nurse? If so then do it. If you are afraid of busting your butt, then don't go to nursing school. I'm in my 3rd semester of nursing school and it is the hardest thing I've ever done, however, I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!. Nursing school is tough, and its supposed to be when you are going to have someone's life in your hands.

However, if you are dedicated, willing to work you can be successful. Nursing school is tough but its doable if you are willing to do what it takes to succeed.


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thanks for replying. i really want to do my best and get into nursing school.... but its only my freshmen year and i'm failing bio... i don't think i can make it to nursing school with a good grade and keep gpa up.. thats the main thing i'm afraid of.. no matter how i study, i can't get the grades i want in science..


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Maybe you need to change the way you are studying or put more time into studying. This is my 2nd time around in college. I was always interested in a health care career but never thought I could master math and science so I took the easy way out and did something else. When I decided to go back to school for nursing, I still had my doubts that I could this. I bombed my first chemistry exam and thought I was way over my head and thought about giving up. I cried and had a pity party for myself and then decided to fight for what I wanted. I ended up with a B and proved to myself that I could do this. I then went on to make As in A&P and Micro. I am not telling you this to give myself a pat on the back. I am telling you that you can do this if you work hard at it.

The way I studied for that first Chem exam did not work so I had to change things. Youtube is a wonderful resource! also has some really good videos. For A&P Look up Prof Diamond on youtube. Your textbook usually comes with CDs, use them. This was my incentive for buying new textbooks. If you can get a used one with CDs, then fine. Otherwise its worth it to get the new one with the CDs. They will have tutorials to help. I labeled, I played matching games, crossword puzzles, did practice tests, watched videos, colored. Reading the book was simply not enough for me. Some people make index cards, they never did anything for me though. Point is, if what you are doing is not working, then try something different. Finally, a change in attitude is absolutely necessary!! - If you tell yourself you can't do something, it often becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

Good luck!

One more thing, you said you can't teach as well as you take care of kids. Well, that's the reason you are in school. To learn how. You are only in your freshman year. You were not in the teaching program yet right? So why count yourself out before you even begin?

Whether you decide to go with teaching or nursing, I think self confidence will go a long way. Stop telling yourself you can't !


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Please OP, go shadow a nurse, or volunteer in a hospital to get exposure to the field. I can't tell you how many times I have heard stories about students in their first semester of clinicals that quit because it is not the bed of roses they thought it would be. It is so unfair to students that know that nursing is their calling, but have not been accepted to a program because a spot has been given to someone that doesn't even last two semesters. Nursing is not just a job, it is a career.

In regards to your BIO class that you are failing, like mangopeach stated, change your study habits. Those classes spit out a lot of information that you need to memorize. Practice, use the text CD if you have one, and dedicate more time to studying.

Good luck!


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You can do it if you really want this. You have to put hardwork, motivation, and positivity toward nursing. Like one of the other comments on your post, sometimes you will have to bus your butt in nursing. Nursing can be stressful and challenging once your in the field. You make want to volunteer at a nursing facility to find out what you are getting into because it is just more than just passing meds. I recommend anyone wanting to be a nurse start from the bottom up so you can know what you are getting yourself into.


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Did you take any type of aptitude test in high school? If not, I believe that they offer them in college as well. Those are great for finding out what you're naturally good at. I would suggest looking into taking one of those to help steer you in the right direction. Good luck!