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    I'm taking my first nursing class this year, and I'm not really sure if I'm making a mistake. I know we have to learn the basics first, but I'm worried that I'll get into the job and end up making beds, changing bedpans, and bathing people for the rest of my life--4 years of school and thousands of dollars wasted on training for a job I'm not going to like. Nothing wrong with those tasks that if that's what you like to do, of course, but it's not for me.

    Last year I switched from pre-med to nursing because I didn't want to go to 12 years of school, wanted flexibility if I ever decide to have a family, etc. etc. I'm also a psychology major, and I absolutely love all of those classes, so I feel like there's something wrong that I'm not enjoying my nursing class. (No, I don't feel like I'd enjoy being a psychologist--I wish this were that easy.)

    So, I guess what I'm asking is what nursing is really like. I don't have any nurses or medical-types in my family, so I really have no idea what I'm getting myself into. Am I going to be overloaded and have few chances to build personal relationships with patients? Is there any opportunity to make your own decisions about patient care as an R.N., or am I going to end up doing nothing but taking orders from doctors? Am I going to spend half my time filling out paperwork, and the other half bathing people and making beds?

    Honest opinions, stories, and recommendations very much appreciated.

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    I'm taking my first nursing class this year, and I'm not really sure if I'm making a mistake. I know we have to learn the basics first, but I'm worried that I'll get into the job and end up making beds, changing bedpans, and bathing people for the rest of my life--4 years of school and thousands of dollars wasted on training for a job I'm not going to like. Nothing wrong with those tasks that if that's what you like to do, of course, but it's not for me.

    Last year I switched from pre-med to nursing because I didn't want to go to 12 years of school, wanted flexibility if I ever decide to have a family, etc. etc. I'm also a psychology major, and I absolutely love all of those classes, so I feel like there's something wrong that I'm not enjoying my nursing class. (No, I don't feel like I'd enjoy being a psychologist--I wish this were that easy.)

    So, I guess what I'm asking is what nursing is really like. I don't have any nurses or medical-types in my family, so I really have no idea what I'm getting myself into. Am I going to be overloaded and have few chances to build personal relationships with patients? Is there any opportunity to make your own decisions about patient care as an R.N., or am I going to end up doing nothing but taking orders from doctors? Am I going to spend half my time filling out paperwork, and the other half bathing people and making beds?

    Honest opinions, stories, and recommendations very much appreciated.



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