Another one of these threads.Many of the threads I found though were from 2005-2012, and would like to get a more UTD perspective.
I did one year at a traditional 4 year university, and didn't adjust well. For various personal reasons, I made a not-so-good choice to go to Full Sail University (I didn't know regional accreditation was important, etc. - parents were paying for my education so by the time I realized it they wouldn't let me transfer again). Anyway, so I graduated in 2012 in Graphic Design, and have been working in that ever since. I truly do not want a desk job. I love people, I love working directly with people, listening to them, and advocating for them. I never considered nursing until about a year ago because 1. I didn't think I was smart enough, and 2. My friend was a CNA and hated it so she discouraged me. Then she was put in the hospital from anaphylaxis, and the nurse was amazing. She taught her how to use the epi-pen, answered all of her questions, was so incredibly nice, and made my image of hospitals so much better (some people kept telling me how awful they are for a long time). I started considering it then, but only recently decided to go for it. I've studied nutrition on my own the last couple years, love teaching people, and know quite a bit of ASL, and feel it could also be helpful for d/Deaf/HoH patients.
Anyway, I live in NC (Raleigh area), and am deciding whether to do my ADN at Wake Tech CC then an RN-BSN bridge, or to do prereqs and try to get into UNC's BSN program. The latter is much more expensive, but faster and easier. The former I feel would give me basically the same results however.
I will be doing my CNA certification Nov-Feb. I'm reaching out to volunteer at a nursing home as well.
Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated. Thanks!