New Here; I need of advice

  1. 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.
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  3. by   bluesky
    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.