Questions about nursing?

Im a senior in High School, live in Texas, and Im graduating in May. Ive been really leaning towards going in the medical field but not yet decided which career to pick. I would LOVE to help people, i want job security, a job that’s in high demand, i want to work in a hospital, good pay, and i would like to just get a bachelors or masters degree rather than a doctorate degree. The problem is, i have a blood phobia.. i would really like to be a nurse but i don’t know.. i think exposure to it will help me eventually get over it. Another thing, Ive been wanting to go to Texas A&M in College Station since i was in 2nd grade and still plan to. However Im not in top 10% and don’t meet the requirements to automatically go. Im planning on going to a community college for at least a year before transferring there. i would like to know how that’ll work in with the nursing school and what i should do… and details about being a nurse and everything they do, and if its a hard career to get into. I just need help because i really don’t know what to do and time is running out quick.

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3 Responses to Questions about nursing?

  1. Diane A says:

    This is the pre nursing info at T A & M:http://opsa.tamu.edu/OPGSA_PreNursing.shtml

    Even they suggest you apply at several different nursing schools; so you need a back up plan if you do not get into TAMU. If you plan to transfer, be sure 1. they accept 1 year transfers, 2. you take the classes they want. You may want to speak to the nursing adviser there. Yu do NOT need a masters to do bedside nursing. You also may want to become a CNA first to see how you handle blood and things before you commit.

  2. Simpson G says:

    If you can’t handle blood, then you can’t be a nurse. You need to spend the next year working with a therapist on getting over whatever issue you have with blood.

    If it doesn’t look like you are going to be able to overcome this fear, then you will have to look at doing something else. PhD psychologists don’t deal with blood, MSW/MS therapists don’t deal with blood, and there may be a few other patient care specialities that don’t deal with blood ever (not during training, not during hospital shifts, etc).

    Get in to see your school counselor NOW and discuss this Hemaphobia and start taking care of it. Maybe volunteering at a hospital and being exposed to it more will help desensitize you. I also know people who watch real surgery shows and You Tube videos of surgeries to help take the first step of desensitization. It’s obviously not going to eliminate the problem, but it can help you build up confidence and raise your fear threshold a bit.

  3. Jill says:

    Yes, you will want a back up plan for schools and the previous answer gave good suggestions things to consider when finding a transfer school. I just wanted to add / clarify that if you haven’t formally started the nursing program at any college, it’s much easier to transfer in. Complete all your basic general education / typical nursing pre-reqs at your community college, and then try to transfer directly into the nursing program. It’s much more difficult if you start a nursing program at one school and decide to transfer mid-way through the nursing core.

    Sometimes it might be more feasible, depending on what the school situations are like where you live, to earn your Associate’s Degree in Nursing and get your RN license first that way, then usually BSN “bridge” (completion takes about 18-24 months) is much less back-logged with students. You may also find a job as an RN sooner, and find an employer that offers tuition reimbursement to complete the BSN and even move forward to the MSN.

    As for what nurses really do, they do a lot. They follow a unique approach called the nursing process, which means we assess patients, diagnose (not medical diagnosis, but nursing diagnoses are the patients’ responses to their medical diagnosis or illness / injury / mental state), then we plan interventions designed to improve overall health and functioning and reduce unpleasant effects, and then we go back and evaluate the effectiveness of what we did. So what does that really include? Taking vital signs and knowing what they mean in relationship and in context of the whole picture – what meds they take, what their lab values are, what disease processes look like, etc.). Nurses administer medications under strict protocols, monitoring for signs of adverse effects. Nurses provide a ton of education to patients in relation to health promotion, disease prevention, and management of illness. Nurses are highly concerned with maintaining safety. Nurses have a lot of legal responsibilities, therefore documentation in the patient’s medical record is a huge part of the job. Probably more time is spent documenting what you did than the time it took to actually do what you are documenting about. You have to be a good listener and communicator, and able to be non-judgmental amongst all kinds of people from all kinds of cultures. Your job is to be an advocate for your patients, ensuring they get the best possible care to meet their many individualized and often complex needs. You need to be comfortable working with strong personalities of physicians and asking questions when you don’t understand something, because mistakes can be costly.

    As for blood, I don’t think anyone really *likes* blood, or needles for that matter. Part of what nursing school does is trains you to be a professional. The more you are exposed to these uncomfortable things, you begin to build a tolerance to it. And there are plenty of jobs where nurses do not deal with much, if any blood. Some are inherently more bloody and gory – like trauma ER nursing. If you get through nursing school knowing you can’t handle that, then don’t get a job in the ER. :)

    Nursing is a very rewarding career, but it can be very stressful and take it’s toll on a person emotionally, depending on your job and your individual coping abilities. But generally speaking, it’s a very spiritually fulfilling job (for me!) and I would put up with all the bullsh*t any day of the week as long as I have a job where I feel I am making a difference.

    Best of luck to you!