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What if I can't survive the nursing program?

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Tracie’s Answer


This is a very, very common feeling in nursing. I've been there. And now as I am a successful nurse, I feel I'm in the right place to ask you....

What if you CAN survive the nursing program? How does that look for you?

Tracie recommends the following next steps:

Surround yourself with a good support system.
Believe in yourself.
If it still doesn't feel like a good fit, Mr. Goetzinger has an excellent response to you.
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Sandra’s Answer

Hello Antonella,
This is a good question since it was asked before you started nursing school; I had the same thought a few times before and after starting nursing school; one of the main things I planned before starting nursing school was to anticipate eliminating barriers; I remembered my instructor telling us this while attending the ADN program and appreciated her honesty about not being able to survive nursing school if barriers such as social disturbances, job schedules, and home environment impede nursing school completion; another concept that came into mind was that to know myself, knowing whether I can do this or not; the video I watched sort of provided very similar tips I used while in nursing school, which I passed while a few other students had to repeat the program: ; good luck with nursing school.
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Paul’s Answer

Hi Antonella:

I have advised many students, who have had the same question, and I must tell you that there are a large variety of majors and occupations in the medical care field that you can potentially pursue, if you feel that nursing is something that you do not wish to continue as a concentration.

Many of the alternatives have some of the same elements of a nursing program. Some of them are associates degrees and other are bachelors, but here is a list of some of the other medical occupations you can research as a possible alternative.

Respiratory Therapy: These are individuals who assist patients in the area of pulmonary medicine and work with individuals in the therapy and recovery from pulmonary disease.

Radiology: This is the medical occupation which uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat disease within the body.

Ultrasound Technician: This uses ultrasound images to do scans inside the body.

Physical Therapy: This works with patients in managing pain and movements and assists in the recovery from injuries.

Health Education: This is one of my favorites, because as the American population continues to age, these educators will be needed to teach the public about their health and wellness. This includes diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

Nutritionist: This focuses on the utilization of food in order to improve health.

Clinical Social Worker: Specialists in this are focus on emotional and behavioral issues. This includes setting like schools, government health clinics and mental health clinics.

Health Care Leadership: I have seen several individuals pursue bachelors degrees in health care leadership, and they are doing very well in the field. Many have become administrators in health care programs or insurance companies, while others have gone on to pursue other opportunities in clinical settings.

So as you can see there are many different pathways you can potentially choose. Each path has different requirements as far as education or even possible certification. But if you should decide to not become a nurse, there are going to be so many different academic roads or fields for you to potentially choose from to eventually achieve your medical occupation goals.

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Research the various medical careers, majors and occupational paths in the medical field. Review each one and determine what academic requirements are needed and peaks your interest and maximizes your strengths.
See an academic advisor. Determine which goals you would like to pursue and structure and academic path towards achieving that subsequent goal.
Focus on which resources you will need to achieve that goals, and then go for it!