New Here; I need of advice

Students Pre-Nursing


I am a freshman in Highschool almost a sophmore, I really want to become a Neonatal or a Nursery Nurse. I was a preemie so I think it would be really cool to help other preemies. I also have cerebal palsy. What I would like to know is what are the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a nurse and what is the classes like?? Any replies would be greatly appreciated. :)

Specializes in Critical Care, ER.

Hi little bit!

Welcome to nursing! It sounds like you have been through a lot in your life ... and that you have so much to offer the little babies you'll be taking care of in the NICU. There are a lot of threads on this board that give answers to your questions but I'll give you my opinion:


You know your job is doing something that heals people in one way or another

There's always a job out there because of the shortage

There are lots of opportunities for advancement, growth, and learning.

If you work 12 hr shifts, you only work 3 days a week

The money ain't bad

You don't have to wear pantyhose and get dressed up for work


Nursing can be very stressful and demanding.

You have to work hollidays

12 hr shifts are hard if you have children and limited help with childcare

You have to work overtime or agency to get the really big bucks

Nurses don't always treat each other very nicely

On nursing school

If you like school, you'll like nursing school

If school is hard for you (you have to struggle alot), nursing school will be too but stick with it, it's worth the trouble

You'll be forced to memorize a lot of crap you'll never use again

You're going to get criticized.... don't take it personally- most of the time they're just trying to make you a better nurse.

The test you take to become a registered nurse is confusing and stressful, but most people pass it just fine

I wish you the best of luck with whatever path you choose to travel.


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