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palermo in Sanford, Florida

56 months ago

Just graduated from 2 yr nursing program in FL and take the the boards in Feb. What are my options between now and then or must I wait?

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Iamgoingbacktoschool in Tracy, California

55 months ago

Pat in San Jose, California said: I am considering going into nursing (RN program if I can get into one), but not sure if nursing is right for me. Being a single parent of three I need a long term stable career that will support us all on my income alone (my ex wont pay child support). The thing is that I can't stand vomit and could not stand to touch it. I can take blood and anything other body fluid, but NOT vomit!!! Also, when my son was three and had his fingers severely crushed (or seemed severe, no long term damage just deep cuts and missing finger nails) I freaked out. I'm not sure if it was because he was mine, or because he was small toddler. I think it was both, but anyway, I don't think I could handle seeing a child severely hurt. I know there are different departments I can work in, and I was thinking so long as I was not in pediatrics, urgent care, or emergency I could avoid those problems, at least the child/toddler problem (vomit, I guess I would get use to it???).
Also, I keep hearing of all the different options nurses have throughout their careers, but no one ever elaborates on it. Is there a website or list of options somewhere about these options? And does nursing require a good strong back? I have scoliosis, so I'm concerned that might get in the way of the profession.
I was wondering if I could have some experienced nurses reply as I really need some solid advice.
Thank you so much to those of you kind enough to take the time to respond.

Hi there,
I've decided to go into nursing as well. I currently work at Kaiser and I hope after I complete the program I can remain with Kaiser. (I love it there!) I am a mother of 5!! (Ages 4-17) I'm 34 years old, married and ready for a career change. I was originally in Real Estate but we know how that went! :) I am still a licensed Real Estate Broker though. Anyway, I'm starting my pre-reqs at Delta this semester. Have you already started a nursing program? If so, where?

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Iamgoingbacktoschool in Tracy, California

55 months ago

BTW, good luck with everything and stay focused....we can do it!! :)

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Bryony in Frodsham, United Kingdom

54 months ago

Hey,
I am currently at uni studying media although i know i want to be in the nursing profession like my mother was. I wish there was more information on how to go about it!
My mother tells me not to go there as it has changed a lot since she was in the profession and the NHS in England isn't good at all at the present moment. Nurses are there to do a job instead of loving and caring for their patients.
I don't suppose anybody could give me any advice on what to do? I really need somebodies help and guidance...
x

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L82 in Fountain Valley, California

53 months ago

Here's a little bio of myself. I am 27 going on 28. Coming from a Viet family, they say nursing is the best direction to go if not a doctor because you can always find a job. But I don't want to be just a nurse to clean up after people and deal with the "drama" coworkers at work. I know very little about nursing because I never looked into it because it wasn't always my fav. choice. After my experience in DA, I figured I can step up and chose Dental Hygiene for my B.S. instead of Biology (which I finished so far with an A.S.). After reading the forums in here, almost everyone says that it's very hard to get a job, so don't go there. Next, I found out about PA and they make decent money so I figure it's the next best thing besides a doctor and I can get a certificate or B.S. for it instead. Then along comes CRNA which opened up another "big" option that made me slightly want to head into nursing. I've always wanted to go to med school but my age makes me reconsider.I seriously need help because all these sound good and I can picture myself in all of them. I don't have much time left! My bf wants to settle down and have a family soon, but before I do that, I want to have a good paying job and be happy with what I do. Like I've mentioned before, I am passionate about helping people and definitely want to stick with healthcare. I am very competitive and have a 3.9GPA in school and will do what it takes to get in. Well here's the real prob...I missed the deadline for PA school. So far, I applied to USC Dental Hygiene and have an interview in 2 weeks. I also got in to CalState Univ. for Healthcare of Administration, but haven't heard any news from the nursing dept yet. So should I stick with Hygiene or apply to the other schools and wait another year for more options? I honestly want to have the right bachelor's degree that I can find a job right out of school in case something happens that I can't go further. PLEASE help and any advice would be great :)

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perezsw in San Antonio, Texas

51 months ago

by the way that was directed towards Annie in Westmead, Australia :)

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Amanda in Chillicothe, Ohio

51 months ago

Im currently laid off from work, have no schooling, recently married to an amazing man and mother of a 5yr old. Im having no luck getting a decent job and after discussion with my husband we feel it would be best for me to go back to school full time. My big plan was to go for Associates for a Vet Tech because I have always been passionate for animals. Unfortunately it does not pay well. I have been strongly considering becoming a RN. It was my second choice for school and seems to be much more stable. I know I am great in high stress situations and can handle the blood and with time the vomit etc. I actually would prefer four 10hr shifts to five 8hrs shifts. I just want to know if I will still get that pride out of work for helping somebody through a tough time. Everyone seems to say dont choose it for the money but if I was already considering it would it be bad to become a RN instead of Vet tech? My big worry is that I will not get as much satisfaction.

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annie in Dubbo, Australia

51 months ago

hey amanda - i think nursing would be a great profession for you to get into , i mean its very rewarding being able to help people and if you dont want the stress of elderly you can work with the younger children it pays good and is a good choice,but you have to really want it 2 do it, the profession , means more people.. there is a very shortage in nurses.. good luck and all the best ..

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Sunshine in Los Angeles, California

51 months ago

Iamgoingbacktoschool in Tracy, California said: Hi there,
I've decided to go into nursing as well. I currently work at Kaiser and I hope after I complete the program I can remain with Kaiser. (I love it there!) I am a mother of 5!! (Ages 4-17) I'm 34 years old, married and ready for a career change. I was originally in Real Estate but we know how that went! :) I am still a licensed Real Estate Broker though. Anyway, I'm starting my pre-reqs at Delta this semester. Have you already started a nursing program? If so, where?

This is for iamgoingbacktoschool, ur blog really moved me....i am gearing myself for Respiratory Therapy

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DeeDee in Brooklyn, New York

50 months ago

Hey guys. So I also have an issue, and I want anyone's advice who is experienced through this type of situation, or KNOWS anyone in my shoes.

I am 21 years old living in NYC.... I grew up my whole life around rock n roll. My Father is a Rock n Roll fanatic, and growing up that's all I knew. I always was told though from an early age that I can never get anywhere in music, at least not for many years, and I would most likely not make a good living out of it. People suggested to just keep it as a hobby, yet if I do that, then that means I'd be listening to music like everyone else, when my passion for it is CLEARLY above that
THEN, I went into beauty school.... thought I'd do make up. Once I realized what a class full of bimbos I was sitting with, I knew as fun as it is, and creative, it's not ME, because I want to be intellectually challenged. I am very complex, creative, and imaginative. The girls that attended beauty school with me would probably never be able to achieve what I'm capable of. SO, THUS, I've thought about NURSING.... I am kinda skeeved out by blood, but anyone can over come that. I'm not as empathetic, however I'm amused by real life situations of people with terminating illnesses, or psychiatric illnesses, where I can be involved and be able to diagnose and treat things like that, I think it's cool and interested if you ask me, plus you have to be educated as well; so therefor, I would be challenged if anything, instead of being degraded of my capabilities. I'm also doing it because as much as I want to be myself and be happy expressing my individuality, I also want to drive a nice car before I'm 25, and live on my own nicely, and go on vacations. I don't want to be a struggling artist living in a shoebox in NYC all her life, being repaid with gratitutde and not money. So I'm confused now with how well Nursing can fit me.... has there been anyone else in my shoes or similar yet or does everyone know off the boat that they want to pursue this?

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Jessica

49 months ago

perezsw in San Antonio, Texas said: Yea seriously. It just seems incredibly ignorant to post in such a grammatically incorrect manner when inquiring about a profession that requires above all else Excellent COMMUNICATION skills. Perhaps you mistakened this site for facebook or myspace. Let me give you some advice to start with: There's a time and place for everything, and if you ever want people other than your friends to understand/respect you, you have to take that into consideration. Thus, when speaking or typing to communicate to others, You might want to do so in a way they'd understand.....just a thought.

Says the person that writes they'd in their reply...

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stacy in Port Neches, Texas

49 months ago

Can I become an RN if I am color blind?

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lreyna in Killeen, Texas

46 months ago

Hi,
Anyone who could really help me with any kind of support. I am 36 married for 18 yrs and 3 children. Being out of the work force as secretary/data clerk for 10 yrs now so that I can stay home and raise my children whom have grown now 18,10 and 7. I feel like its time for me to earn a degree and have my own life outside the home. The only thing it's been 20 yrs since I've graduated from school and jumped right into life, husband and kids. I knew that this day would come and I would surely look back and think "why didn't I continue my education". The real question...will I be strong enough to take on and pursue a college degree in Nursing(RN)? After 20 yrs without any education, I have totally lost my math skills but I know I LOVE to read and Im most willing to learn. I have been trying to prepare myself by searching for and reading forums much like this one and getting advice from people I know who are about to complete their Nursing School Program. I mean I know that I'm doing the right thing and trying to find out if this is for me. I really want to be a part of a team, I want to feel good about helping others. I LOVE to talk with people and I know I can do well with communication skills. I have no medical skills at 36, and pursueing a career as an RN?

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KimNewRN in Martinsville, Virginia

46 months ago

I need advice. I am starting to think that nursing is not right for me. I love patient care. The issue is the ridiculous amt of paper work where I work (nursing home/rehab). There isn't enough time to properly assess all 30 of my pts. I am already burned out. Yes, I'm a new nurse and feel overwhelmed, underappreciated. I work third shift and only get 2 days off in a row every 2 weeks. I have 2 young school age kids and would like to have more time for them. I feel this is unfair in so many ways. I feel like a fool for persuing this career. I think I would be better suited for OT. I love sensory integration. OTAs get a lot of one on one with pts and have regular work hours. They do make okay money, just not as much as nurses. I love serving people, please don't get me wrong. I just think that no matter what nursing job I take it is not for me. I have had pts who are uncomfortable with others are comfortable with me. I do know that. I've been told I put people at ease. I just need a life! Help, advice.

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Nic in London, United Kingdom

45 months ago

There are a lot of fields within nursing which don't mean you need to do nights, weekends and anti-social shifts; such as working in a local doctor's practice. I'm an OR nurse, and we tend to work 8-6, Monday to Friday, with a commitment for an on-call overnight and weekends every 4 days. Which is do-able with kids.

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Jessica in Hayward, California

45 months ago

L82 in Fountain Valley, California said:

Hi, I'm wondering what you have decided. I think we have many things in common. I'm thinking of nursing because they say nursing is good because you can always have jobs but the thing is I don't really like nursing so I'm not sure what to do either. I'm thinking of dental hygiene but in this forum it seems that dental hygiene is not a good career choice, I though of health care admin but not so sure about the job market...I don't know what to do, any advice anyone?

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Jessica in Hayward, California

45 months ago

Hi, I'm wondering what you have decided. I think we have many things in common. I'm thinking of nursing because they say nursing is good because you can always have jobs but the thing is I don't really like nursing so I'm not sure what to do either. I'm thinking of dental hygiene but in this forum it seems that dental hygiene is not a good career choice, I though of health care admin but not so sure about the job market...I don't know what to do, any advice anyone?

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Annette in Sun City Center, Florida

45 months ago

I have read many of your posts and find just a little more comfort in knowing I am not alone in feeling "unsure" about my pursuit of a nursing career. I am 29 yrs old..married for almost 2 years...mother of 2 (10 yr old son & 11 yr old step daughter).I've been in the insurance industry for 11 yrs and I am absolutely ready for a career change. I decided to pursue the healthcare/nursing field as a result of recent challenges that my husband and I have encountered with fertility. The need to seek an Infertility Specialist as really peaked my interest in the field. I am completing my pre-reqs with the hopes of applying to the nursing program at the end of Fall 2011. I currently have a BA in Business so going into the sciences is a real "culture shock", and it is making me doubt my ability to be successful in this field of work. I also battle with the thoughts of making mistakes or not understanding the work once I get into the field. I know I am still very early on in the program and have to get the training to understand but this is nothing like the corporate world. If I make a mistake now I can "delete" it...throw the paper away and start over...void the transaction...you cannot do that with a human life. I do care about helping others..I am a people person...I have a huge interest in fertility treatment and the journey that women face with dealing with it..but I am really afraid that I am not strong enough to make it. Is this a sign that I really should not pursue this field or are these normal feelings of the "unknown"??

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BurntOutNewNurse in Snoqualmie, Washington

44 months ago

I have been a nurse for 8 months already and I hate it. Those of you who say that you are not afraid of vomit,feces or blood- good for you- but all of that stuff will be the LEAST of your worries. The money is NOT worth it!!! I love my patients, but the anxiety and stress are killing me. Nursing has also caused me so much depression that also is affecting my marriage. I stay in because no one understands or is supportive of me in wanting to go back to school for another career. Most of Nursing is trying not to get yelled at by patients or Docs or be ratted on for stupid things by other nurses who love to pick others' to pieces. A lot of the job is also spent stressing because of all of the responsibility and liability issues. If I would have known about all of the legal aspects of being a nurse I would never have gone into this profession. Nursing is not focused on a holistic approach of caring for the patient though it claims to be. Most of it is about paperwork to CYA- cover your ass!

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FYI in Atlanta, Georgia

44 months ago

BurntOutNewNurse in Snoqualmie, Washington said: I have been a nurse for 8 months already and I hate it. Those of you who say that you are not afraid of vomit,feces or blood- good for you- but all of that stuff will be the LEAST of your worries. The money is NOT worth it!!! I love my patients, but the anxiety and stress are killing me. Nursing has also caused me so much depression that also is affecting my marriage. I stay in because no one understands or is supportive of me in wanting to go back to school for another career. Most of Nursing is trying not to get yelled at by patients or Docs or be ratted on for stupid things by other nurses who love to pick others' to pieces. A lot of the job is also spent stressing because of all of the responsibility and liability issues. If I would have known about all of the legal aspects of being a nurse I would never have gone into this profession. Nursing is not focused on a holistic approach of caring for the patient though it claims to be. Most of it is about paperwork to CYA- cover your ass!

Haha..you summed up the negative aspects of nursing quite well. I don't hate it, but I couldn't agree with you more on your description. Just know you aren't alone. I do my best not to take on the emotional burden of it all because that is really not our obligation. However, I understand how tough it is to "draw the line" between the work and personal feelings in this job. The first year is the toughest. If you still feel the same way after two or three years, then you might want to consider something else huh? Hope it works out for you.

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Haddaway in Lake Worth, Florida

44 months ago

I am 17 years old, and I am a male. I am really thinking about going into the Nursing field to initally become an RN, but my ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. I really want to help people, and I do not mind bodily fluids or paper work. I have a some trouble with communication skills, but at my young age I believe I can work through this and be very successful (and I believe that is the key, believing in yourself). I am very good with school, and I know I can get a high GPA and get all my credentials fairly easy. I will have to go gett my pre-reqs, before I can be considered at the RN program at my local college. I don't think I want to start out at Practical Nursing, as I want to move up as fast as possible.
What my question(s) really are are as follows:
(1) Does it matter at all if you are a male in this field?
(2) How easy is it to get jobs out of college? (especially if I aquire a MSN, Master of Science in Nursing right out of college)
(3) Well, this could be considered an extension of the above question, would it be wise to just get my Masters of Science in Nursing without any practical experience?? Would this hinder my job search after college? Is knowing theory looked down upon compared to nurses with actual hands on experience??

All answers are greatly appreciated, I really just want to have a high degree, and of course I will have to start as a Registered Nurse, but will having the Masters of Science in Nursing right out of college be a great thing, or is it better for you to get your BSN and get experience while getting your MSN?

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FYI in Douglasville, Georgia

44 months ago

Haddaway in Lake Worth, Florida said: I am 17 years old, and I am a male. I am really thinking about going into the Nursing field to initally become an RN, but my ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. I really want to help people, and I do not mind bodily fluids or paper work. I have a some trouble with communication skills, but at my young age I believe I can work through this and be very successful (and I believe that is the key, believing in yourself). I am very good with school, and I know I can get a high GPA and get all my credentials fairly easy. I will have to go gett my pre-reqs, before I can be considered at the RN program at my local college. I don't think I want to start out at Practical Nursing, as I want to move up as fast as possible.
What my question(s) really are are as follows:
(1) Does it matter at all if you are a male in this field?
(2) How easy is it to get jobs out of college? (especially if I aquire a MSN, Master of Science in Nursing right out of college)
(3) Well, this could be considered an extension of the above question, would it be wise to just get my Masters of Science in Nursing without any practical experience?? Would this hinder my job search after college? Is knowing theory looked down upon compared to nurses with actual hands on experience??

All answers are greatly appreciated, I really just want to have a high degree, and of course I will have to start as a Registered Nurse, but will having the Masters of Science in Nursing right out of college be a great thing, or is it better for you to get your BSN and get experience while getting your MSN?

1)No it doesn't matter. If anything, you might be more appropriate for some situations.

2)Most MSN programs require you to have nursing experience and an RN credential before being considered for admission. These are usually the standard prereqs. However, there are exceptions. I wouldn't count on becoming an NP without prior experience.

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Zach in Columbus, Ohio

42 months ago

Haddaway in Lake Worth, Florida said: I am 17 years old, and I am a male. I am really thinking about going into the Nursing field to initally become an RN, but my ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. I really want to help people, and I do not mind bodily fluids or paper work. I have a some trouble with communication skills, but at my young age I believe I can work through this and be very successful (and I believe that is the key, believing in yourself). I am very good with school, and I know I can get a high GPA and get all my credentials fairly easy. I will have to go gett my pre-reqs, before I can be considered at the RN program at my local college. I don't think I want to start out at Practical Nursing, as I want to move up as fast as possible.
What my question(s) really are are as follows:
(1) Does it matter at all if you are a male in this field?
(2) How easy is it to get jobs out of college? (especially if I aquire a MSN, Master of Science in Nursing right out of college)
(3) Well, this could be considered an extension of the above question, would it be wise to just get my Masters of Science in Nursing without any practical experience?? Would this hinder my job search after college? Is knowing theory looked down upon compared to nurses with actual hands on experience??

All answers are greatly appreciated, I really just want to have a high degree, and of course I will have to start as a Registered Nurse, but will having the Masters of Science in Nursing right out of college be a great thing, or is it better for you to get your BSN and get experience while getting your MSN?

Oh wow, exactly my situation...
Just started very recently considering this field. Also 17 and male.

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solmon in Savigny-le-temple, France

42 months ago

nursing is very interesting at least for me , with nusring you can be a mini doctor you can manage any urgent situation ! i like it very much
www.nursing-lectures.com/

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408SJ in San Jose, California

42 months ago

Haddaway in Lake Worth, Florida said: I am 17 years old, and I am a male. I am really thinking about going into the Nursing field to initally become an RN, but my ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. I really want to help people, and I do not mind bodily fluids or paper work. I have a some trouble with communication skills, but at my young age I believe I can work through this and be very successful (and I believe that is the key, believing in yourself). I am very good with school, and I know I can get a high GPA and get all my credentials fairly easy. I will have to go gett my pre-reqs, before I can be considered at the RN program at my local college. I don't think I want to start out at Practical Nursing, as I want to move up as fast as possible.
What my question(s) really are are as follows:
(1) Does it matter at all if you are a male in this field?
(2) How easy is it to get jobs out of college? (especially if I aquire a MSN, Master of Science in Nursing right out of college)
(3) Well, this could be considered an extension of the above question, would it be wise to just get my Masters of Science in Nursing without any practical experience?? Would this hinder my job search after college? Is knowing theory looked down upon compared to nurses with actual hands on experience??

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I'm not a nurse, but I can tell you there are a lot of male nurses in San Jose, CA. No one disrespects them or thinks anything negative. They do the job just as well as female nurses, and believe me, when you need help, no one cares about your gender, only your expertise. You know what you want, now do you go for it, or wonder "what if" for the rest of your life. You seem to be a smart & compassionate young man. I say go for it, the world needs people like you.

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kkunihira in Santa Barbara, California

41 months ago

(to the young men who want to get into nursing)Hi, I'm an 29 y.o RN and have been an RN for 6 years now. As a female nurse I have come to see that male nurses do have an advantage in the way they work and subsequently the way they are treated by other nurses. This is because guys tend to talk less, gossip less thus save a lot of time when interacting with patients and providing care, and are less likely to be involved in the squabbles that we female nurses get into. We really welcome males into the field because it's a good balance for the work place, we girls learn a few things from the guys and vice-a-versa. Just remember, before you get into nursing, shadow a nurse who works on a busy acute-care hospital floor because that will be the place you have to gain your most valuable skills....Nursing is HARD work, you have to think fast, multi-task, problem solve every minute of your work day. Good luck to you.

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buggurl in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

Hi everyone, I was excited to see this thread still active.

I'm 32, married and a mother of 2. I am seriously considering becoming a RN. My entire family is in the medical field and my passion is helping people, I know this field is for me.

With all that being said, I am nervous about the schooling. I have been out of school for years and life is chaotic as it is without adding college into the mix.

I am considering going to HACC for their nursing program and am wondering how intense the work load really is. I am a very determined and proactive person and I consider myself to be intelligent but I am afraid I won't be able to handle the schooling, or maybe it's the fear of failing??

I'd love to hear some thoughts and experiences!

Anyone go to school for nursing in South-Central Pa?

Thanks everyone :)

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tbranson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

detrickbell in Chicago, Illinois said: one thing that i know is what you focus on grows...so know and believe that you can do it your family deserve it...my sister did @36 she's 38 now your live experiences makes you so ready for school you can do it...it's impossible to stop a woman r man who won't quit...one book i was reading said man became a judge at like 68 and served for 20yrs and at 88 he was asked why he wait for this time to become a judge he said simply this all the time i have left...time is the important thing in life you can't get it back...what help my sister get through school and all the homework, papers, and her bills and rent was a homebase business while in school...email me i would love to send it to you may God bless you...

Hi, I wanted to know if you could also send me the home business info. I start Nursing school in June. I'm currently getting unemployment, but that is not promised... I have 4 kids. 2 older and 2 younger. so I do need to work or have a steady income. I'm even considering asking my Ex-husband to move in until I finish shcool, to help with the bills. So you know I AM desparate... LOL

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jaxmamma in Union, Kentucky

40 months ago

I nearly could have written your post. My biggest concerns are getting thru the math in school and whether or not I can handle flesh wounds. Blood, vomit, feces etc. don't bother me (much), but torn/cut flesh does. I don't know if this is something you get used to or if some people just aren't affected by those kinds of things. I think my biggest fear is that at almost 40 yrs. old, I'll get into this and find out that it's not right for me. I would hate to have wasted that time and money!

lreyna in Killeen, Texas said: Hi,
Anyone who could really help me with any kind of support. I am 36 married for 18 yrs and 3 children. Being out of the work force as secretary/data clerk for 10 yrs now so that I can stay home and raise my children whom have grown now 18,10 and 7. I feel like its time for me to earn a degree and have my own life outside the home. The only thing it's been 20 yrs since I've graduated from school and jumped right into life, husband and kids. I knew that this day would come and I would surely look back and think "why didn't I continue my education". The real question...will I be strong enough to take on and pursue a college degree in Nursing(RN)? After 20 yrs without any education, I have totally lost my math skills but I know I LOVE to read and Im most willing to learn. I have been trying to prepare myself by searching for and reading forums much like this one and getting advice from people I know who are about to complete their Nursing School Program. I mean I know that I'm doing the right thing and trying to find out if this is for me. I really want to be a part of a team, I want to feel good about helping others. I LOVE to talk with people and I know I can do well with communication skills. I have no medical skills at 36, and pursueing a career as an RN?

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cmoody in Lawrenceville, Georgia

40 months ago

Karen RN in Canton, Ohio said: Hi Pat,
I went back to school when I was 29 years old. I had a small child at the time and a disabled husband. It was very hard but definitely worth it. I had the same yuck thing with snot. Now I'm a respiratory floor nurse. I thing after a while nothing grosses you out. I make killer money now...so worth it. It either takes a lot of brains or a lot of determination to grt through school. I only had the second of the two. Do it...Good luck

I love your advice! It's amazing what the human spirit can overcome once determination kicks in.

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PJ in Spokane, Washington

39 months ago

Zippy in Swansea, United Kingdom said: Im considering nursing.. I know my parents will think im insane and will tell me i'll hate it etc but I wanted to be a paramedic, but at the time I failed the interview as it went horribly wrong lol, that was 2 years ago. Im currently working at a hospital in the lab as a support worker and going to uni 1 day a week to do a degree in biomedical science which will take 5 years part time :/ although i quite enjoy working in the lab, I dont think it has the variety of work I think I want from a job, and the way things are going even after 5 years when I would be a qualified biomedical scientist it seems the job will consist of just pushing buttons on a machine..

So im considering nursing as it has a lot of variety in the job and has varied working hours rather than just the normal 9-5 that im doing now. Am I crazy for thinking of quitting my job and going full time uni to be a nurse?

No I do not think that you are crazy at all. I think that it is a very smart move. The way things are going now adays nursing careers will be the only way in the medical field, next to paramedics, and physians. So do not give up. Have you thought of maybe becoming a doctor considering that you are in the biomed area?

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k w in Elmhurst, New York

39 months ago

detrickbell in Chicago, Illinois said: one thing that i know is what you focus on grows...so know and believe that you can do it your family deserve it...my sister did @36 she's 38 now your live experiences makes you so ready for school you can do it...it's impossible to stop a woman r man who won't quit...one book i was reading said man became a judge at like 68 and served for 20yrs and at 88 he was asked why he wait for this time to become a judge he said simply this all the time i have left...time is the important thing in life you can't get it back...what help my sister get through school and all the homework, papers, and her bills and rent was a homebase business while in school...email me i would love to send it to you may God bless you...

I'm planning on going back to school start this summer. But can use income while attending school. Would like to hear about a homebase business. Thanks for your help.

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k w in Elmhurst, New York

39 months ago

I'm 47yrs going back to school. I don't want to deal too much with vomits, blood, lifting, stress from other people's bureaucrat. But like to have a secure, stable, respectful job. I'd like to help people because I have a lot compassion to help people. I have thought about PA or NP or PT. Anyone help me with any advise on making decision which path I should go? Thanks.

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brambleton in Ashburn, Virginia

39 months ago

k w in Elmhurst, New York said: I'm 47yrs going back to school. I don't want to deal too much with vomits, blood, lifting, stress from other people's bureaucrat. But like to have a secure, stable, respectful job. I'd like to help people because I have a lot compassion to help people. I have thought about PA or NP or PT. Anyone help me with any advise on making decision which path I should go? Thanks.

Go to your local hospital and ask for some shadowing opportunities with the professionals you listed above. All of the mentioned fields will require the same prereqs so you can begin by taking A/P I and II, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, assuming that you have your foundation classes already, like English, etc. Since all health fields deal with sick patients, you will encounter blood, vomit, lifting and stress. It's not a happy-happy, clean job. It is messy and stressful and you are responsible for the well-being of your patient, from head to toe and everything in between.

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Martin in Malang, Indonesia

39 months ago

Please check that web-site.
Here you can have internship related to Nursing.

www.internship-indonesia.com

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Jules in Campton, New Hampshire

39 months ago

I am a nursing student who was kicked out of nursing school for "lack of enthusiasm." I was a few minutes late to clinical- a big no-no. I was not looking forward to clinical at this nursing home because I have worked in one as an LNA for years. My grades were fine, but instructors judge you on your enthusiasm as well, and if they see any signs that you are having second thoughts, they make take steps to kick you out. Do you want to deal with this stress for the two years of RN school? Some of your fellow students may try to sabotage your work, or rat you out for minor things because they know students need to be eliminated (and they'd rather it be you.)

As an LNA, I can tolerate my share of feces/vomit. BUT, watching a baby being circumcised nearly made me faint. I think highly-sensitive individuals may want to reconsider nursing as a career because you "feel to much" for the patient.

My husband thinks I am crazy for giving up nursing, but I think only those born to do it really like it. So many others hate it. JOBS FOR NEW NURSES ARE SCARCE RIGHT NOW.

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Fisher- lexington, KY in Hometown, Illinois

38 months ago

Hi everyone. I'm 24 years old, married with 3 kids. I just graduate with my associates in arts degree with a 3.5 GPA. My original plan was to go for clinical social work, but people don't seem happy about their jobs and I would have to get my masters. With 3 kids, 5 years old and younger, i need to get done sooner than that and I don't want to take out so much in student loans. Now, i'm thinking about RN program, but I am SO terrified. Me and my husband is all we have, we don't get help from others (my family live in FL and his family is to busy to help). We even work opposite shifts b/c we don't have any help nor can we afford childcare (we don't approve for childcare assistance). I really want a career where I can help people and make money. Nursing seems like the way to go, but im scared of the nursing courses. I just wondered if I will be able to study like I should with 3 kids. Is it possible? Can I do this? Am I being unrealistic? How can I work this out successfully? HELP PLEASE!! Any advice?

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mike moore in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

38 months ago

Hey I def need some help....I am a 32m about to be divorced with one daughter..I currently have a Bachelors degree in exercise physiology. I looked into nursing school but the wait is horrible. I thought about the lpn to rn route but for me time is money...and lpn's do not make money in miami. I a torn because i need a cheap and quick program. My grades where ok but got into an auto accident and miami dade is giving me a problem withdrawing from class. Thats not here nor there... I know I would be a great nurse, but i do not know if I can financially wait for the list...Is the lpn a quicker route, also does anyone know the job outlook for utra-sound tech.

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Jocelyn in Ventura, California

38 months ago

lreyna in Killeen, Texas said: Hi,
Anyone who could really help me with any kind of support. I am 36 married for 18 yrs and 3 children. Being out of the work force as secretary/data clerk for 10 yrs now so that I can stay home and raise my children whom have grown now 18,10 and 7. I feel like its time for me to earn a degree and have my own life outside the home. The only thing it's been 20 yrs since I've graduated from school and jumped right into life, husband and kids. I knew that this day would come and I would surely look back and think "why didn't I continue my education". The real question...will I be strong enough to take on and pursue a college degree in Nursing(RN)? After 20 yrs without any education, I have totally lost my math skills but I know I LOVE to read and Im most willing to learn. I have been trying to prepare myself by searching for and reading forums much like this one and getting advice from people I know who are about to complete their Nursing School Program. I mean I know that I'm doing the right thing and trying to find out if this is for me. I really want to be a part of a team, I want to feel good about helping others. I LOVE to talk with people and I know I can do well with communication skills. I have no medical skills at 36, and pursueing a career as an RN?

I am a 40 year old mother of 5 (21-5). I earned a Bachelor's in one of the Humanities and was considering earning a Masters Degree. I too, was out of school for 17 years raising my children.
With the economy the way it is, I believe nursing to be a good solid career option you can keep on developing. Take a few remedial courses, to "catch" up or remember. Study extra languages at home, keep reading current science and nursing topics. Every year, I reanalyze my options and nursing still comes out #1. It is a matter of immersing yourself in a field and becoming familiar with it. Volunteering or becoming a CNA will be very helpful, but go slowly and steadily.

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Nasstajsha in Claremore, Oklahoma

37 months ago

Ginger in Lutz, Florida said: Oh please! Did you really think that people would think your TEXTing typing was cute? Get over youself! If you are serious about pursuing a health care career...than you should ACT like it!

Oh no! You just used 'than' when you meant 'then.'

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Armywifewright in Watertown, New York

37 months ago

Hello I have always wanted to be a nurse as a child. Then I went to nursing school at night for LPN while working full time at a pediatric office as a medical assist. I loved the people I worked with and the environment. Once I started my externship, I was asked if I wanted to work there. I first asked my current at the time would I be able to work there as a nurse after I finished school. I was told know. So I took the new job after I was finished. I tool my nclex twice and didn't pass. I became discouraged and didn't try again and it's been two years I lost that job and moved to fort drum ny had a baby in that time. I want be a nurse but I'm afraid to take the test again because of money and I feel like I've lost my light with to be a nurse because the last place I worked and I'm afraid of taking that test again. Does anyone have any advice? I feel like I failed myself and shattered my dreams.

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Nurse Deb in Milroy, Pennsylvania

37 months ago

@ Armywife,

Listen! You need to get refocused! You put all that time into school and got a degree, you can definitely pass the Nclex test. You have to put your everything into this, everything else needs to be put aside and you need to study HARD for this test.
There are books and study guides available to help prepare you for the test. There are also some nursing students on youtube (NurseNacole)that are studying for the nclex and give advice on what they are using as study tools etc, I would check out their page and start reaching out to others that are in your situation, ask them questions and get yourself back in the game again.
The bottom line is...do you want this? How badly do you want it and how hard are you going to work for this final test?
Pick yourself up, get your head straight and get this done! You are only a failure if you refuse to move forward, everyone hits bumps in the road.
If you start reaching out, new doors will open. They always do!

Good Luck!!

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Fisher- lexington, KY in Attica, Indiana

37 months ago

Armywifewright in Watertown, New York said: Hello I have always wanted to be a nurse as a child. Then I went to nursing school at night for LPN while working full time at a pediatric office as a medical assist. I loved the people I worked with and the environment. Once I started my externship, I was asked if I wanted to work there. I first asked my current at the time would I be able to work there as a nurse after I finished school. I was told know. So I took the new job after I was finished. I tool my nclex twice and didn't pass. I became discouraged and didn't try again and it's been two years I lost that job and moved to fort drum ny had a baby in that time. I want be a nurse but I'm afraid to take the test again because of money and I feel like I've lost my light with to be a nurse because the last place I worked and I'm afraid of taking that test again. Does anyone have any advice? I feel like I failed myself and shattered my dreams.

I would keep trying on the NCLEX. I know someone who failed that test 3 or 4 times and at the last time she took it, she passed it. She went out of her current city to get a tutor to pass NCLEX. Don't give up on the nursing program especially if you completed the program and the next step is to pass the NCLEX. No matter how many times you fail it; keep trying. I know it cost to take the NCLEX, but don't give up. This is the next step. You have to do it. Don't come this far and just give up now. I must say since its been 2 years since you last taken it; it will be very hard, but you have to study you butt off. Nursing field is growing and if you have to fail the test 5, 10, or more times in order to you to pass; then so be it. It'll be worth it in the end. I would encourage you to get some tutoring, bring your self esteem up and go for that NCLEX. And if you fail, keep trying, don't give up!!!

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Can2 in Texarkana, Texas

37 months ago

I just want to say that I'm a mother of three and I just completed two full time semesters after being out of school for over a decade. I was a bit fearful at first but it turns out I'm doing well. Anyone who is unsure about going back to school I want you to know that it's not as hard as you think and it goes by so so fast. I was two classes shy of being approved for this fall's nursing program so I have a year to get some of my BSN classes out of the way but I'm almost there!

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chaz in Shepherdsville, Kentucky

37 months ago

Hi my name is chaz I am 28 I have had about 15 jobs and I am tried of jumping ship I have my cdl class A for truck driveing and currently working in a where house i am good with my hands and was thinking about a becomeing a RN but not sure if it is for me yet . This is want I know I have patients and I feel like I can do any thing I want to as long as I have a string mind about it. could you give me some advise before I spend lots of money on something that I don't know if it is for me?

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Carol Lynn in Southampton, Pennsylvania

37 months ago

Nursisng is a hard life, touching people, naked, sick, junkies---and the job market for nursing in PA is poor right now

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Elaina Walker in Los Angeles, California

37 months ago

chaz in Shepherdsville, Kentucky said: Hi my name is chaz I am 28 I have had about 15 jobs and I am tried of jumping ship I have my cdl class A for truck driveing and currently working in a where house i am good with my hands and was thinking about a becomeing a RN but not sure if it is for me yet . This is want I know I have patients and I feel like I can do any thing I want to as long as I have a string mind about it. could you give me some advise before I spend lots of money on something that I don't know if it is for me?

If you want to work in an environment that's interesting, rewarding and challenging, a career in nursing will give you plenty of scope to do exactly that. Nurses work in every sort of health setting from accident and emergency to working in patient's homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.
So, if you've got an interest in caring for people, you'll find a role that suits you in nursing.

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tamjones in Branford, Connecticut

37 months ago

Karen RN in Canton, Ohio said: Hi Pat,
I went back to school when I was 29 years old. I had a small child at the time and a disabled husband. It was very hard but definitely worth it. I had the same yuck thing with snot. Now I'm a respiratory floor nurse. I thing after a while nothing grosses you out. I make killer money now...so worth it. It either takes a lot of brains or a lot of determination to grt through school. I only had the second of the two. Do it...Good luck

HELLO, CAN YOU TELL ME HOW LONG IT TOOK U TO FINISH, INCLUDING THE PREREQ. I HAVE TO DO ALL PREREQ, SO IM NOT SURE IF I SHOULD GO FOR MY ASSICIATE OR BSN... OH AND IM 34YRS... THX

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Jenn in Phoenix, Arizona

36 months ago

Can anyone tell me what options who have as a nurse if you don't want direct patient care any longer but don't want management? If so, would a graduate degree benefit you for any of the positions available?

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woopwoop in Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom

35 months ago

Hi Pat, I want to be a children's nurse so badly but have the same vomit issue. I have looked it up and some people say for smell, rub something under your nose so you can smell that instead of vom, I also think you will get used to vomit even though my problem is that I'm worried about getting whatever the person has and that probably won't be the case in nursing. I am going to put in so much effort into nursing and if you want it enough then I think that the vomit won't be an issue. Put a positive attitude into it and I think you'll be fine. Good Luck!

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