I'm going to be taking English II (online) and Anatomy and Physiology I in August. I am nervous. How can I prepare for A&P?
Don’t be nervous. It can be a lot of information, but it’s mostly memorization. As long as you stay on top of the material everyday, you’ll be fine. Make flashcards, take practice quizzes, watch Youtube videos, ask your professor for extra help, join a study group...there’s so many ways that you can study, so you just have to find what works for you. Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t worry about it too much.
RN vs. BSN
People say that you’re never too old to learn because it’s true. You’re only 23. I’ve wasted some after high school too, but the important thing is that you’re starting at least. A career takes time, especially one in nursing, and it won’t come easy. Prepare to work hard in your classes, and striving to make all A’s to be a competitive applicant. If nursing is important to you, you’ll buckle down and do what needs to be done no matter how long it takes. I know it may not be glamorous, but phlebotemy is a good option, or even CNA while getting your degree. If money isn’t an issue, I would go ahead and take the BSN route if they’re not hiring ADNs in your area.
I'm scared the schooling might be too hard for me.
You’re probably not the same person you were in high school. I made bad grades in high school too, but later, I discovered that it was only because I wasn’t as determined as I am now, and immature students made it harder for me to learn. And now that I’m older, I know how I learn best, and I’ve discovered a lot of resourses for math, and I’m not afraid to ask for help. The slate is clean now, so don’t worry. When school starts, just give it everything you got. Yeah, you may be in school for awhile but picture yourself with your degree in your hand and RN behind your name when it’s all said and done. There is a finish line, and with each semester, you get closer and closer.
Is nursing for me? Other than security, I asked myself if I would seriously be satisfied with this job.
Try doing some soul searching. Your college should also have a counselor that can help you with this decision.
Good luck in whatever you decide! You can do it.