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  1. NYCHikerRN

    RN tried to talk me out of Nursing school...

    Edmia, My *ultimate* goal is to get masters and specialize. Perhaps even anaesthesist but we'll see where that goes. First, after obtaining a BSN, I want to work hospital bedsides for at least a few years. That's the plan anyway. MD is a nice thought (I was extraordinarily fascinated with physiology and biochemical processes in the various systems of the body in a/p) but it's ridiculously competitive. Everyone and their mother is a pre-med apparently. My mistake was that I didn't have a goal in mind in high school, and slacked in my first year of college. After I got my stuff together, I got A's in both semesters of inorganic chemistry and both semesters of general biology. I probably could have gotten accepted to a New York-area med school if I was focused from the beginning though. But don't get me wrong, I didn't "settle" with nursing at all. Nursing was my initial goal entering college, and I would feel much more comfortable with the responsibilities of a nurse. I feel like specializing would be a great niche for me though, as it combines nursing and all the other stuff I'd be interested in learning.
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    RN tried to talk me out of Nursing school...

    Excellent posts, thanks everyone! As for the "dire need" comment, I do realize that Nursing field was not immune to the tanked economy. But I still believe, and I think many can attest, that in relation to many other fields Nursing is still an easier field to find employment in. There is still a national shortage, but largely depends on geographical location within the US. In New York City, there's no shortage because we have closed a few hospitals in the past decade while the amount of new nurses being pumped out of our schools remained the same, or even grew with increasing demand to enter the field. Simultaneously, as others have mentioned, veteran nurses on the brink of retirement have to hold off on that because their 401k's went down the drain. It's a pretty horrible combination, and I seriously hope I'm not forced to move outside of the city for employment. Many new nurses who are having trouble finding jobs at hospitals often have to settle with physician's offices and nursing homes, until they can find an opportunity to work in a hospital. It definitely sucks. My school offers some internships/externships at several highly respected hospitals around the city, so I'll definitely try to get at least one of those as it would give me a great edge. Getting those depends highly upon GPA so I'm ready to work hard for it.
  3. NYCHikerRN

    RN tried to talk me out of Nursing school...

    It won't change my goals is all. I'm just curious why the lot of you feel the way you do.
  4. NYCHikerRN

    RN tried to talk me out of Nursing school...

    ...wow @ all the negativity in this thread. Those of you who would dissuade anyone from entering nursing, would you please explain your personal reasons for doing so? At this point it does NOT matter to me. Upon entering college, I wasn't sure why I wanted to do nursing exactly and I pretty much got 2 C's in the psychology pre-requisite courses, and completely FAILED anatomy/physiology 1. I kind of got my stuff together and started over, re-took the class, and pumped out almost all A's and a few B+'s to obtain an associates degree in Biology. I transferred to a respected 4-year school and continued my hard work; I was one of 14 people (out of a lecture hall of a total of 440) to recieve an A in anatomy/physiology 2. Same story with Orgo and Microbiology. I also scored high above the 99th percentile in the nursing school entrance exam through rigorous study. I have worked SO hard to get accepted into this program (one of the most respected in the country), and nothing brought happiness to me more than seeing that acceptance email for the first time. It's truly a dream come true, and I'm not willing to let anything stand in my way from making nursing my life-long career.
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    RN tried to talk me out of Nursing school...

    Lovely_RN, I agree. She also tried to scare me with the NCLEX, claiming she failed it three times, and knew somebody who was in the top third of his class in a good program who failed it six times then gave up...
  6. So I went to my GP's private clinic today to get blood work, a PPD round, and antibody titers done for nursing school which I'll be starting this coming Fall. Upon meeting with his nurse, I told her I needed all of this done for nursing school. She blankly stared at me for a good three seconds and then asked: "Why in the world are you going to nursing school?". I wasn't sure what she meant by that, so I asked her to clarify. She said "Well, you're a young guy with flawless English skills. What the heck are you getting yourself in to?" (This Nurse is a Russian immigrant, whose English skills are not perfect. I'm Russian too, but came here at a very young age unlike her. I guess a lot of Nurses in New York City are immigrants that lack great language skills so they choose nursing as a "last resort" profession apparently?). She went on to explain to me how nobody is hiring right now, and that hospitals are closing. She assumed I was going for an Associates degree, but the program I'm entering is for the BSN. I told her this, and then she questioned why I didn't go for PA or PT instead. I told her Nursing is what I truly wanted to do, and she smirked and said "Okay, you don't understand the situation yet. You'll see." Not that I was discouraged by this, but I found it interesting how bitter some people can be against their own profession. Especially a nurse, who knows that there is a dire need for people to enter the profession, especially as many baby-boomer nurses are going to retire in the coming years. Have you ever had people try to discourage you when you told them you were going into nursing? And do you regret not taking their advice? I think I know what I'm getting myself into (hopefully), and I'm mentally prepared. I just hope that at some point in the future I won't end up hating my job like she does...
  7. NYCHikerRN

    Will this prevent me from Nursing School ?

    You had a physical done by the school? We don't have that option. I'm gonna go to my GP.
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    Will this prevent me from Nursing School ?

    Thank you for your answer KelRN215, you have allayed my fears. I'm still at a loss to see why they would need (or request, rather) information on a history of things that will have absolutely no bearing on your ability to perform your duties. Seems suspicious, that's why I feared it would be a disqualifying factor...
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    Will this prevent me from Nursing School ?

    Thanks for all the info guys. I think my school actually requires you sign a waiver to release your health info... or am I wrong? This is on the health form: " Present this document to your professor indicating that you have been cleared for Clinical placement: I _________ undеrstand thе agеncy to which I am assigned may requirе more hеalth data than listed abovе.I hеreby authorize the nursing school to rеlease my hеalth clеarance information and all associatеd documеnts, including laboratory rеports and immunization waivеrs, to any health care providеr, which may require it in connection with my participation in a clinical course. I also understand that it is my responsibility to update my H&P and PPD required by either the Undergraduate or Graduate Programs." Additionally: "Establishmеnt of a hеalth rеcord on all studеnts еntering thе nursing program is required. The purposе of this health requiremеnt and clinical practice clearancе is to protеct studеnts as wеll as the cliеnts with whom they will be working. It is also important to dеtermine that thе studеnt is able to fulfill the objectivеs of the еducational programs." There is a section that a student must fill out regarding past/present conditions.. and theres a section the doc fills out that includes a short statement of past medical history. Will I really be able to withhold the information? What do you guys think? Is this standard?
  10. Hi all. My school requires a personal health history and immunization records before one can enter the Nursing curriculum. I'm a bit concerned if my history will in any way hinder me from being able to enter Nursing. Basically, my records say depression at age 13 for which I was on an anti-depressant for 3 months, anorexia at age 14 which lasted 2 months, and most recently I went to the doctor complaining of chest pain/tightness due to stress/anxiety after my grandfather died during my finals (it was hard on me, he was very close).... my doc prescribed Buspar but I never filled the prescription becasue I felt better after a couple of days. My nursing school will probably see this on my health history form. But right now I'm fine and excited to go into nursing, and I have no doubt my physical will go well. Is there any reason why my past history should hinder me from getting in? Thanks for any info