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    How can I figure out if nursing is right for me?

    I've thought about working as a CNA, but it's a matter of finding a CNA school at the right time that they still have openings for the next class. And I'm wary about going into a for-profit nursing or CNA school. Documenting what I've done, making notes for 20 minutes after I interact with a patient, then going on to the next patient isn't a problem. I'm just trying to get away from spending 8 hours sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, never seeing a person. Patient care, like reassuring people while doing something in their room, or transporting them in a wheelchair, or fluffing pillows, or getting ice water, is just fine. I've realized that I'm really motivated to do work when it is for an individual person I can see, rather than crunching numbers to benefit a large corporation. What I was concerned about in my old health care related school (which I'm not going to mention because I want to stay anonymous) was an attitude that we have to validate patients for being who they are and the care they want to the extent that you tolerate that they won't vaccinate their kids. Or a guest presentation that talks about crystals grow differently depending on whether they are listening to heavy metal or classical. And that the profession has to follow a certain philosophy and it doesn't matter if it is backed up by research or not. No evidence-based practice. My viewpoint is that you should attempt to do quantitative research as much as possible around the care you are doing, not qualitative case studies. And that is not what the profession was doing. There are certain types of things that profession was doing that they were either charging insurance or desperate parents for that external sources say are questionable practices not backed up by research. That really bugged me.
  2. I'm a mid-life career changer from engineering. And I have ADHD. For the past few years, I've been bouncing around in various degree programs in another health care field and then back to something related to the job field I'd been doing previously. I tried the other health care field based on I really enjoyed shadowing and thought I'd like the field, but once I got into school, found that it was something that really valued philosophy and psychology over science, and that the schooling had a lot of subjectivity. I'm trying to find some sort of job where I a) get to use mostly logical/scientific/non-subjective skills b) get to interact with human beings a good bit of the time, not always in a combative way and c) feel like I'm making a positive contribution to the world. In my previous jobs, I've enjoyed on my feet troubleshooting, and/or interacting with other people in a supportive or collaborative way and disliked doing intensive tedious detail-oriented paperwork for most of the day or interacting with people in large groups where people were arguing or being demanding. I didn't mind creating new documentation for things I was doing, but having a job where I had to enter and maintain spreadsheets was awful. I generally have not been good at multi-tasking, at least without keeping track of things on paper. I know that nursing is stressful, but so are plenty of other jobs. And there's a difference between doing something that is stressful for 36 hours a week and going home, and doing something that wants you to work 50 or 60 hours a week. However, I've found a few things from going to school for the past several years. I strongly prefer learning from physical textbooks than reading stuff online or having no textbooks at all. And it really helps me to know what readings go with a lecture so that I can read it ahead of time and then only need to take notes on new information. There's something about physically making highlights and writing flashcards that makes me learn better. I also find many forms of group learning to be frustrating. As an older student, my hearing isn't perfect. If I'm in a room with 60 students in 10 groups, somebody in each group is talking, and the person in the neighboring group that is talking is closer than the person in my group who is across a table, I can't hear what they are saying. I've also found that being in classes where all the work is done as a group is painful if I'm really interested in a class, but other people want to do the bare minimum, or else don't want to contribute anything. I've also found that I strongly prefer face to face classes with the chance to ask questions than watching videos with online classes. How can I find out more about nursing to see if its for me besides what I've seen as a patient myself, and observing the care of family members? How can I find out more about a particular nursing school to see if it would fit me?
  3. I'm trying to find some sort of job where I a) get to use mostly logical/scientific/non-subjective skills b) get to interact with human beings a good bit of the time, not always in a combative way and c) feel like I'm making a positive contribution to the world. I went into engineering type work out of undergrad because it made good money and looked to be a growth field and worked there for over a decade, while debating if it was the right work for me. A career test said I was too extroverted for engineering and suggested several health care fields, including nursing, plus stuff like teaching. At the time I thought I could never handle nursing because I couldn't tolerate blood, and I'd avoided biology since high school for similar reasons. I've since found I'm much more tolerant of blood than I used to be. Like helping my dad take his blood sugar during a hypoglycemic episode, or watching someone draw blood from me. I picked another health care field based on it made good money and was a growth field. But I found that the health care field was based a lot on philosophy and psychology, and I strongly disagreed with some of the philosophical underpinnings. So I quit partway through, after being hospitalized for depression. I then tried to go to school to refresh my engineering skills, but I've found I dread the prospects of going back to a desk job sitting at a computer all day. I've had more bouts with depression, and have found that whenever I am on medication that seems to work effectively for the depression, I am very prone to insomnia and shift my sleep schedule so I'm up most of the night and sleep into the afternoon. So that gets rid of another objection to nursing - that they frequently work nights. Before I got into school for the other health care field, I'd considered nursing if I hadn't gotten in, but I only know about nursing schools in the area where I used to live. Most of those had wanted microbiology and chemistry for their BSN programs, which I hadn't had. I'm now trying to figure out if I should look into an ADN program in the state I live in now. I know both nursing school and nursing work can be very stressful. I don't know if I should do an LPN program first, work a couple years, and then do ADN or BSN? I figure that I only have 20 years left to work, so getting a BSN might not be worth it. My depression appears to flare up whenever I'm under a lot of stress. I was a really good student in high school - got into a school ranked in the top 20 in the country. My grades in college varied. The engineering classes I took didn't get the best grades. My community college prerequisites for the other health care program were pretty good, mostly A's. I do much better when I have paper textbooks and can mostly work away from the computer. Oh, I forgot to mention, I've also got ADHD. And I don't know if the concussion I got in a car accident a couple years ago had impacted my ability to study. One of the reasons I'm thinking about nursing, is that I'm interested in psychiatric nursing. However, at this point I've got psychiatric records at three of the major hospital systems in the area. I know that HIPAA and tracking of who reads medical records is supposed to block people looking at them. But one of the messages earlier said not to mention mental health history to your coworkers, or your nursing school. What about mentioning my fibromyalgia to prospective schools? It looks like most nursing schools have a lockstep program, where everybody has to take the same classes. That was part of the problem I had in the previous health care program. I tried to take a reduced load and it didn't work out. But I'm off the anti-depressant that made me need much more sleep than other people.
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