Thinking About Nursing?
Maybe you know you're bound for nursing, or maybe you're are still exploring. In any case, below are some commonly asked questions for pre-nursing students.
How do I know if nursing is right for me?
- You must like science. The pre-requistes for nursing are very science-heavy. So, if you are earning good grades in chemistry and biology, then that's one indication that you're on the right track.
- Nursing demands that you can handle the human body. Bodily fluids and functions, open wounds, pain, and trauma are all part of a typical nurse's day. Find out if the sight of blood makes you sick before you start on the pre-nursing track.
- Nursing tends to attract "Type-A" personalities. Are you an over-achiever? Are you the most organized person you know? If so, then nursing could be right for you. While this is certainly not necessary for being a good nurse, this kind of person tends to gravitate to nursing.
Science + bodily fluids = no big deal, so why not be a doctor?
Nursing school is a far quicker path to the healthcare profession than med school. A B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) typically takes four years, whereas the path to be a doctor can take four years of general education, four years of med school, up to three years of residency, and perhaps another three years of training in a specialty field. That's as much as fourteen years of education!
Nursing also allows for much more patient contact. Doctors are often regarded as the life-savers, but nurses are there for the routine care and emotional support of the patients and their families. As a nurse, you will be building close relationships with the patients that you see every day.