any POSITIVE comments????

  1. I am 26 yrs old and I am getting ready to go to college and become a nurse. I am confident, scared, worried and excited. Reading all your posts about the underpaid, the overworked, the underappreciated nurses out there is scaring me to death!!! I want to be a nurse because I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. Of course, the money doesnt discourage me either. I know that it will be heart wrenching and hard, but to make one or two sick people happy a day, doesnt that make you happy???

    The reason for my post (im brand new to this website, thank god i found it) is to hear the positive aspects of nursing. I finally think I have found something that I want to do with my life. I have been an office mgr for 9 yrs and i know that i dont want to pay other peoples bills or do other peoples payroll anymore.

    Please give me just a minute to encourage me to pursue this career! i know it will be hard, i want a challenge and i want to feel important.

    HELP!! thank you in advance for your responses!

    amie (cincinnati, ohio)
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    About ams02

    Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 29; Likes: 6
    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Oncology/MedSurg


  3. by   researchrabbit
    I LOVE my job.
  4. by   renerian
    I think nursing is the ability to be a vital force in a persons health status. You could be the one person in their day who shows compassion, kindness, knowledge to respond to their fears and questions and the ability to rise to a whole new level of self awareness about life and death.

  5. by   NurseDennie
    Hey - this thread is NOT filling up very fast.....

    Don't let that get you down, ams02. Put it this way: Is there ANY other career in the world where you can (and do!) ask people "when was your last bowel movement?"

    Nope - I thought not. With nursing you can go anywhere and do anything! We're all a bit warped, but what the heck....


  6. by   nightingale
    We ask a lot more personal questions then you could possibly imagine (until you get to all the cool stuff in nursing school)!!!

    I say go for it.. follow your dreams!
  7. by   ams02

    thank you for your comments, i do know for sure i want to be the one person that shows some compassion for people, i hope thats enough! i hope that compassion is enough to succeed as a nurse (except of course mentally) - thank you again and i will keep checking for new posts - i am sooooo glad i found this website!
  8. by   geekymomma
    Welcome to the board!

    This is a great place to come and be motivated, encouraged and downright petrified all at the same time. I too am changing careers at the ripe old age of 41. Been working my way through pre-regs for over a year with one more semester to go. Then, the hard part - getting in the nursing program.

    You have made a wise choice, hang in there and visit often. I do, (it's almost an obsession! ). :imbar
  9. by   ams02
    hey geekymomma!! Is that what i should do first, im so confused about where to start. all the nursing programs here have a 2 year wait and i cant and wont wait 2 years!!! so i am aware of the pre-reqs that i should take, every class but the nursing clinicals right? i should be starting my pre reqs in January., is that a full time thing? i just need any advice i can get. i was thinking of going for all my anatomy, physc, and math and science classes that i need (like i said everything but nursing) thats where the wait is right? HELP! i am so excited. what kind of wait do you have for the nursing classes? im glad that your in the same boat as i am, im also glad that your ahead of me so you can warn me about things! thank you and good luck - im proud of you for doing this (not that i know you) but i know its hard for anyone so im proud of us all!
  10. by   Lausana
    Welcome to the board! Getting all the pre-reqs out of the way is a smart way to go--Come on over to the Student section and you'll find tons of information about where to begin Pull up a comfy'll be hooked to this place in no time :chuckle
  11. by   baseline
    Thirty years ago I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference. And I'm still here....I've seen alot of changes...good and bad..and the technology is astounding! I have gone wherever I wanted to go....and always been needed. I have tired of one area of nursing only to go on to learn something new. If this is what you want to do....don't let our venting and complaining stop you!!!! Mind you....we do it while we keep working at changing people lives one nurse at a time..........!!!!
    Welcome aboard.
  12. by   MK2002

    The wait comes AFTER you have the prerequisites completed. They can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis. The school has to evaluate your background before they can offer admission. So grades in the prerequisites must be available to the admissions representatives. Then you have to wait for your turn to attend the upper division classes. In some areas of the US the wait is already 3 - 5 years. It is possible that this could happen in your area, especially if the economy continues to experience weak conditions and continuing job losses.
  13. by   geekymomma

    Feel free to email me any time. My first piece of advice is figure out which school you want to go to. Then go talk to a counsler, they will help point you in the right direction. Most programs have certain pre-req's that must be completed before you can apply to the nursing program. I go to a community college and they require English, Applied Algebra, Biology (or Chemisty) and Physcology. Those grades have to be posted before I can apply. When I finish my Algebra and Biology in May 03, I will apply and take the pre-enterence exam. They will then tell me when (and if) I can start. If I'm really lucky and the stars are aligned and it's God's will, I will be finished by the end of 04. Right when my oldest is off to college. Whew. Seems so far away but I do know in my heart this is where I need to be.

    At my age I find that I really enjoy going to college. I would go full time right now if time permitted but I have to take these classes one at a time. I think that has allowed me to fully enjoy the experience.

    Good Luck to you and come back often, this BB is a wonderful source of information and enlightenment.
  14. by   ams02
    thANk you everyone!!! Off the topic, but, i had a breast reduction and i used a bulletin board then, that was a huge deal and the bb helped me soooooooooo much. i was lucky to find this bb for this huge deal so i know it will help.

    I am going to get my pre reqs out of the way , i guess i should just go part time since i still have to wait for the clinical classes.

    i will be back often and i read lots of posts everyday, though i dont always respond. you guys are all wonderful.

    thanks again! i look forward to traveling this journey with you all..