Nursing School | Open House – Is Nursing Right for Me?

Last Thursday, my school had their open house, and I had the opportunity to talk to students that are interested in nursing and our nursing program. I remember being them. Full of questions and uncertainty whether a career in nursing was right for them. I tried my best to explain to them what nursing is all about and, and did my best to clear up misconceptions about nursing. I could tell that some people haven't really taken the time to evaluate if a career in the health care field is right for them. They also didn't have a realistic picture of all that nurses are capable of doing.

Since, we didn't have a lot of time I am hoping that they were motivated to do their research and determine if nursing is right for them.

For those that are struggling and trying to determine if a career in nursing is right for them I suggest to do the follow:

  • Take time by yourself to determine what really makes you happy. What is your passion? What can see yourself doing for the rest of your life? Remember, nursing is not just a job it's a calling. You have to have a selfless heart and a big heart to help others. You will be caring for people who are having the worst time of their lives. You will be caring for someone mother, father, sister, brother, or family member.
  • Find nurses or nursing students and get their thoughts on nursing school and working in the field. Start to get an idea in what specific area in nursing are you interested in. Having those that are in nursing school or working as nurses will give you an inside view that you may find very beneficial. You can ask them all of your questions. They can also help you when you enter nursing schoool.
  • Find out if you have a strong enough stomach to deal with working and seeing a variety of things in the health care field. Yes, there are a lot of things your hoping not to see or deal with, but that doesn't mean that you will never face those things. You don't know who you will treat or what exactly you will be asked to treat, so taking the time to find out if you have a strong enough stomach or the dedication and motivation to handle tough situations is important. It's very Important to deal with situations as professional as possible to make the patient feel as comfortable as possible. I believe everyone can work through such things as long as you have the passion to be a nurse and provide the best nursing care possible. You will learn how to manage things, and with more nursing experience things will get better. You can always take a break, recoup, and get back to caring for your patient.

Those are my top three things that I told the students I spoke to. I can't empathize it enough. Before you get into the nursing field please do your work and determine that nursing is right for you. Nursing students and Nurses that are in it for the money will most likely burnout faster, or take out their frustrations on their job and patients. No one likes to be cared for by someone who makes them feel like they are a task, and have no heart in what and how they do things.

 

Doing something that you have no passion is like doing a chore that you highly dislike for an extended period of time. Those that are in it for the money and not the patient care, you will find yourself stuck and taking things out on others. Just remember your patient is an important person to someone else. Take care of them as how you would like to be cared for, or how you want your loved ones cared for. Don't forget that.

 

 

I hope this helps someone!

7 thoughts on “Nursing School | Open House – Is Nursing Right for Me?

  1. Janelle says:

    Jeannette,

    Thanks for responding! I will definitely do my research and find out all the things that nurses can do. The only thing that turns me away from nursing is that my stomach turns.

    I was in the Army for four years and today makes four years since I’ve been out. I worked as a human resource specialist and I truly loved my job, but I’ve struggled with finding a career that I will love just as much or more. I love fitness, helping people, learning new things, and etc. Which is probably why I loved the Army so much.

    I’m still establishing all my future goals as of current. For now I know I want to help others, be in a field where I am constantly learning, I want to end up doing something that I love, and etc.

    Right now I am weighing my options between nursing and health information technology. The more I watch nurses and nursing students on YouTube the more I learn and see why nursing is such a great field to be in. Health information technology became an interest to me because I like technology and I worked as a medical support assistant for a few months and liked that job and wanted to further my knowledge.

    I know if I decide to do nursing I will get my CNA license first then move on to my LPN, RN, RN-BSN, and maybe even go for my masters. If I choose to take up HIT I will definitely work towards my masters.

    Both the LPN and HIT programs have a lot of the same prereqs at the schools I am considering so I will begin to start knocking those out next month. I’m hoping by the fall that I will have enough information to make the best decision for me. Thanks for your response and help! I will definitely do more research, if you have any suggestions for me please do share!

    • iFN Jeannette says:

      Hi! Well good news is that both career options you will help people. ( directly vs indirectly)

      This is my second degree ( career change) and the reasons why I chose nursing are the following: I love learning, I love improvement, I love being challenged, I love caring for people, I love the flexibility of nursing, I love the multitude of positions available, I love the fact I can try different units and change to different units to find the right place for me, I love the fact that you are required to be a life long student /learner to improve your nursing and caring skills, I love that it incorporates the latest procedures, equipment, technology that I will have to learn and use properly, I love that a day in nursing can be very dynamic, ( I get bored and over things easily.) etc.

      I briefly reviewed what HIT is and if you are looking for a more administrative business health care then that would be great, but you won’t have patient interaction.

      As for nursing I pulled up some job titles that may interest you:

      ( I was driving home and Phoenix University said.. ” We will ask you what your dream job is and we will plan a curriculum and degree to help you meet that.” I thought it was a great way to find a program that really is meant for the job you want. So maybe you can start in narrowing what type/kind of nurse you see yourself being. I don’t know if you have more defined roles in HIT.

      So….
      (http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-zones/nutrition/how-to-combine-a-career-in-nursing-with-an-interest-in-nutrition/5005701.article)
      Nutrition( Nursing) Positions:

      -Nutrition Nurse Advisor
      -Paediatric Nurse Advisor (Nutrition)
      -Clinical Nurse Nutrition Specialist
      -Nurse Nutrition Practitioner
      -Nurse Consultant – Clinical Nutrition
      -Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist.

      Jobs that are more administrative oriented:
      You can work in/as:
      -Wellness coordinator:
      -Quality/performance improvement
      -Occupational health
      -Risk management
      -Case management
      -Utilization and review, patient advocacy
      -Educator
      -Informatics

      This may require higher degrees like BSN but maybe you can start in a smaller clinic where you are limited to patient interaction etc then find that dream job.

      I do suggest you do your CNA program before you make up your mind on which path you will go. You can find some programs that are only 2-3 weeks long and you can have your license in about 6 weeks total.

      CNA school and clinical experience will really help determine if you want to be in the patient care side or behind the scenes administrative. ( I did that before applying to nursing school.)

      When I was in class and reading I was fascinated and motivated to learn more about the body and how to help people. During clinical, I was intrigued to see and do as much as I could. I even kept my eyes out on what the nurses were doing since I was interested in going to nursing school. (Just remember the different scopes of practice for CNA, LVN, RN etc.)

      *** ALSO once you become an RN you can look for certifications that will help you define what you do so you can sculpt your dream job scope. You can start researching certifications on the areas that interest you and incorporate that into your plan.[ e.g A nurse can take a diabetes certification and be a DM RN and specialize in caring for diabetic patients etc. ]

      So hopefully this helps things moving along. Try googling and researching “non bedside nursing” and see if anything interests you.

      Good luck! I know with time and research you will pick what is right for you!

    • iFN Jeannette says:

      Oh yea… joint allnurses.com You can post questions and talk to other nursing student/ nurses. It helps to review previous posts and gather opinions etc. I used that site a lot when making the transition into CNA & nursing school.

  2. Janelle says:

    This was a great post! I’m thinking about becoming a nurse, but I’m not sure I have the stomach for it. I’m wondering if it will be something I can get used to or if it will forever bother me. Have you came across any nursing students who have this problem? Do you think its something that someone can overcome?

      • iFN Jeannette says:

        Hi! There’s a lot you can do from being a Physician, a Physician Assistant, EMT, Paramedic, nutritionist, dietician, etc.

        What are your goals? What do you like to do? It’s hard to target occupations because there is so much! lol

    • iFN Jeannette says:

      Hi! Of course I believe you can overcome things that make your stomach turn. We are in first semester and me cleaning someones dirty brief is tough, but I do know that if the patient could change it himself he would. That’s when I think, I am here to help him, and I do it ( quickly) and get the patient feeling comfortable. I see nurses that have problems changing colostomy bags, or changing wounds, dressings etc. They will all tell you that they have “something” that is tough for them to do. They do it but they know its not their favorite thing at all.

      They are telling us in school that to start thinking about what makes us uncomfortable and shoot find a job that will be suitable for us. So if you don’t like blood or trauma don’t end up in an ER department. You may be better in a smaller clinic or somewhere else where trauma is not treated. You can so overcome it! There’s so many things you can do as a nurse try and do research and find occupations that interest you and your personally type.

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