So here we go...this is a long one. I have written on this forum many many times. To the nurses forum, pysciatric nurses forum, first year nurse forum, BUT I don't think i have written to the nursing students, and I probably should have first, because you all are going through this.
I am 33 yrs old, female, stay at home mom of 2 kids ages 4 and 8. I received my AA degree in 1995. I want to return to school. I am stuck between nursing and social work. I know I want to work in the mental health field. So either psychiatric/mental health nursing or school social worker. For nursing I would go to the community college by my house and get my Associates in Nursing, only because it is close to my house, cheaper and faster. (We are on a single income, with just my husband working right now). The thing is, I am horrible at science. And I would have to take all the pre-reqs (chemistry, A&P I and II etc.) And I am thin skinned. So I am really scared to become a nurse. But the money and flexiblilty would be great. I love people and am very compassionate. I KNOW in my heart I would make a great nurse, but the schooling may stop me. Everyone I have talked to is telling my the schooling is super super hard. Then when they start clinicals , I have heard horror stories about the nurses on the floors being rude and mean, and the preceptors being mean.
Social work on the other hand, I feel the school work would come naturally to me. The only thing is I would need to get my Masters degree, which would take a long time. But i think I would be happier, and feel less pressure...but then I will always wonder "would I have made it as a nurse?"
You guys, Ihave been torturing myself and going back and forth between the 2 for years now. I am not kidding. I have talked to acedemic counselors, career counselors, researched the internet, emailed nurses, emailed social workers,,,,I just can't seem to make up my mind.
Knowing what you know now, and going through school as we speak, would you change your mind about nursing?
Can you guys help me decide? Is nursing school that hard? I feel right now that it would be impossible for me.
Sorry about the length, thanks for reading....Please respond.