Do you think being a nurse fits me?

I’m 18 and about to start my second semester of college. In my senior year of hs, I declared I wanted to be a nurse. I just now I figured I want to be a neonatal or pediatric nurse or nurse practitioner. I enjoy helping kids and Im also interested about the body. I also have a softspot for premature babies since I was born premature. So do you think nursing fits me?

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2 Responses to Do you think being a nurse fits me?

  1. Big says:

    stick to collage..you’ll have a better future + more cash

  2. Pooky™ says:

    http://www.rn.ca.gov/careers/steps.shtml

    You’re already half a year though your first year – it sounds like you need a bit of a guidance.

    See link above first.

    You have to go to a college (university) that has BSN (undergrad) program. If your school doesn’t have one, transfer to one that has it. You have to take the “pre-nursing” classes (which will take one year. What did you take last semester?) and you have to do well. Your future career as a nurse will depend on it.

    The actual program is year 2, 3 and 4th. If you don’t do well in year 1 (which again, is “pre-nursing”), then you won’t get in. The reason is that it makes no sense to admit a student in nursing program if he (or she) doesn’t cut the first year.

    A new grad nurse doesn’t get to pick and choose where she will work. And mostly neonatal slot is given to an experienced nurse. So you may have to work on a regular floor for a few years. The NP is master/ doctoral level and you must have a few years of experience.

    To answer your question, I don’t know, because I don’t know you. It takes more than a smart person to be a nurse. It also takes a caring person, too. Anyone with the attitude of “omg I can’t clean up someone’s poop!” will never make it as a nurse (or a doctor either). I am implying that you’re thinking so, but if it is not beneath you, then you can be a nurse.

    Also, when you work with babies, you will to do things that are painful, drawing blood, starting IVs. If you can deal with that, then yes. If not, there are so many times other nurses will do it for you until they catch on.