What does it take?

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by Chelsea2016 Chelsea2016 (New) New

I am wanting to enroll in a nursing program at my local college and specialize in pediatrics. I am not the best at science, but I am willing to work my butt off. I want to help sick children feel better and become healthy. I definitely have the attitude kids love! I am worried that I do not have what it takes to become a pediatric nurse. I love children, hard worker and want to help others. I know it is a tough road, but I'm willing to overcome each bump and get my degree. Do you think I have what it takes and does it sound like I'd be a good nurse? Thanks!

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience. 1,547 Posts

Do you think I have what it takes and does it sound like I'd be a good nurse? Thanks!

It's impossible to say by what you've written here. Attitude and desire are great, but they only get you so far without ability. Have you started prerequisites, yet?

roser13

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience. 6,504 Posts

To be brutally honest, most pre-nursing students have the same goals and enthusiasm as you. I'm not sure how strangers on the internet could tell you if you have "what it takes" to become a nurse.

Take your pre-requisites. Apply to a nursing program. Along the way, YOU will figure out for yourself if you have what it takes. Much more important than what strangers think. In the process, you will figure out how badly you want to be a nurse and if your study skills, desire & ambition are enough to get you there.

Julius Seizure

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care. 1 Article; 2,280 Posts

Just in case you end up deciding that nursing isn't for you, I wanted to suggest that you consider being a Child Life Specialist. It sounds like you might be good at that, and could enjoy it too!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

I am wanting to enroll in a nursing program at my local college and specialize in pediatrics.
Nurses in the U.S. are trained as generalists...this means they graduate school with very generalized nursing education and training. Therefore, a pediatric nurse with a BSN has the same degree as a dialysis nurse with a BSN.

Specialization happens on the job after we've graduated and passed NCLEX.