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  1. ShouldIBeNurse

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

    I wasn't planning on being a CNA as a long term profession, only as a stepping stone to becoming an RN. I'm giving nursing school a lot of thought.
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    How can I figure out if nursing is right for me?

  3. ShouldIBeNurse

    Why is there a 7 year limit on prerequisites for nursing?

    I can say there are plenty of other degree programs. where there is a 7 year limitation to courses. Really pissed me off when I went back to school after 15 years because I wanted to refresh my skills, and had to retake (at $4000 a class) things that I had been using at work and didn't learn anything new. Nope, I know engineering/technical schools with a 7 year requirement.
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    How can I figure out if nursing is right for me?

    I've been bouncing around partly because I didn't take a good look at the programs before starting on most of the programs I've been in. Either not looking at the program, or not looking at how well they would prepare me for a profession or both. So I'm trying to look at prospective professions carefully. Going for the CNA and taking a ton of pre-reqs *before* deciding it's for me isn't the right route to go when it puts me further away from other things I'm doing. The decision to get out of my old career was done without enough thought put into it - I just picked the new career based on news articles that it was a good field. My old health care profession might have been fine at a different school that was less intense, or if my personal health care issues hadn't been acting up. Something I was taking then had bad medication side effects that I didn't realize until I stopped taking it. And if I hadn't been so stubborn about they were making us jump through hoops, and or putting up with a philosophy I rolled my eyes at. One of my problems is that I didn't do any shadowing for my other health care program until I had made a huge commitment of taking pre-reqs. All I knew was that it was less physically demanding than some of the other things I was considering, like nursing. CNA school and/or working as a CNA is likely to be as much or more physically demanding than most nursing. As an older personI should probably get back into shape where I could better handle the lifting required. I'm not necessarily looking at what I can and can't put up with as being picky. I'm looking at what I can do given mild disabilities, including the beginnings of age-related hearing loss. I'm far from needing hearing aids, but noisy environments, with quiet speakers sitting far away who have a strong accent, I can't see their face, and get annoyed when asked to repeat themselves is an issue.
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    How can I figure out if nursing is right for me?

    That also didn't come out quite right but can't edit it, and not sure what refinement would make it right. I'm trying to make comparisons between two professions when you don't know exactly what I mean and I don't know exactly what you guys mean. So saying I want to do more X (deal with people) and less Y (sit at a computer for 8-12 hours a day without talking to a single person) doesn't make any sense out of context. I don't have any objection to there being people who prefer computers and equipment to the exclusion of human beings (in fact I generally like them socially), I'm just not one of them.
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    How can I figure out if nursing is right for me?

    I did not think nursing was easy. I did not think nursing school was easy. I was trying to figure out if it was something I could do if I took good care of myself mentally and tried to achieve some balance. And I've been the friend of a nurse working nights and weekends while trying to have a social life and seeing how difficult balance is from the outside. Realized it would have helped if I put the person I was responding to before the comments, but at this point there are too many to quote. Trying here: "What about the patient with impaired circulation that has a fist-sized non-healing pressure ulcer down to their coccyx that smells like rotting meat when you have to change their dressing?" Saw something similar while shadowing for my other health care school. LPN did that while I was talking to someone else in the room. Might have only been golf-ball sized. Patient had a stoma/colostomy bag, if that's the right terminology, to let the ulcer heal. I'm pretty tolerant of smells. Shadowing is a good idea. I knew other health care professions did that but didn't know you could do it in nursing. I would do a lot of shadowing before committing to go for a CNA program, and would want to find one with a good reputation. I'm still early in the investigation stage trying to decide between multiple very different careers. I know that a lot of nurses work nights - that's actually something that I would prefer now and one of the reasons I've started considering nursing. The idea that maybe I'm intolerant of people with other beliefs is something to think about. I was trying to give examples of things that are clearly against medical advice, or one of my pet peeves where people quote studies without having read the study and how it was conducted. I don't have a problem with a faith healing or alternative medicine on minor things, or as something to try first or in conjunction with standard medical practice. I don't have issues with an elderly patient refusing invasive treatment. I do have issues with treating cancer with nutrition alone, when a patient isn't ready to die, without seriously counseling the patient. I do have issues with an unvaccinated child with measles exposing a waiting room full of babies too young to get vaccines. People have a right to their own mostly informed choices, until they put others at risk. As far as my exposure to some of the less pleasant aspects of medical care, I've seen family members in a nursing home long term, mostly blind, mostly deaf, some amount of dementia, unable to toilet, feed, walk, a month before their death, and still receiving PT and OT care when there was little/no hope of recovery. I've seen patients crying in the shower when they were embarrased about being incontinent while showering. I've watched the kid who was struggling as a tube got shoved up their nose, ripped it out, then got their arms tied down. I've tried to help acquaintances who were semi-homeless and in and out of psych wards for borderline personality disorder and delusions. I've volunteered around people that I gradually realized were homeless alcoholics making up stories because of wet brain. Psych nursing is one area I'm considering. I couldn't be a therapist though. For me, it's important to do work I believe in. I also would rather work together with people I'm in conflict with than work alone on a computer all day. I was trying to express that I prefer to be supportive, collaborative, nurturing of other people than to butt heads, and I don't think it came out right. A good bit of my professional life has been dealing with male engineers that prefer computers and equipment to people. I don't know everything about nursing. Which is why I think shadowing will help - thanks whoever suggested it. That's why I posted this thread - asking how can I find out what nursing is like before going to school for it (or something to do while waiting for a CNA class to come around), or putting efforts into taking prerequisites for it. All of my exposure to nursing has been incidental while doing other things.
  7. ShouldIBeNurse

    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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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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