I was an associate dean in a Bachelor of Science of Nursing program. First and foremost, it is an absolutely wonderful profession that, over time, can provide a wealth of career options.
All of our faculty were nurses, and they all chose to teach up and coming nurses due to their passion for the profession. It is extremely demanding and hard work, but so very rewarding. You literally change lives every day.
I strongly advise you to start with a Bachelor of Nursing degree, which is becoming more and more a requirement for "new grad" nurses, at least in many states. Nursing school is difficult and requires many hours of studying, strong test taking skills and clinical rotations at hospitals and other health care facilities. However, with hard work and seeking help when needed, I worked with countless students who succeeded. Just be prepared for some self-sacrifice to get the degree.
New nurses sometimes draw the least desirable shifts or placements. That's OK! You are earning the privilege of working in one of the world's great professions and over time you will have more opportunities to fashion your career and schedule around your needs.
I cannot encourage you strongly enough to keep this dream alive! Go for it! It looks like you're in high school right now, so go as far as you can in courses like Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and the sciences, but don't ignore psychology or other courses that will enhance your ability to communicate with others.
Let me know if you have any questions!
There are many people who have gone into nursing and found it to be a very rewarding career. One of the great aspects of nursing is that there are many different types of nurses and settings that a nurse can work in. A second great aspect to nursing is the freedom of being able to live anywhere in the country and still find a job. There are even nursing jobs that travel the world if you like globe trotting.
Sometimes nursing can be gross, smelly, stressful, or difficult the pay off comes in saving lives and helping people through difficult circumstances. When a patient or patient's family comes up to you with tears in their eyes and thanks you those are the moments when you realize that it is worth it.
Nursing is absolutely fun! Did you know that nurses are one of the most trusted professions? That means that nursing is a big responsibility. As a nurse I have the privilege of helping people during some of the most significant events in their lives. Nurses are there when babies are born or when someone is scared or hurt. We see happiness and sorrow every day. Nursing is very rewarding and we take pride in our ability to give the best care.
One of the best things about being a nurse is the choices. You can be a nurse in the emergency room or a nurse that visits people in their homes and that is only two choices. As a nurse you have lots of choices. One thing about nursing is that you have to enjoy learning because the learning never stops.
My nursing has taken me all over the world. I have met so many people and made lifelong friends. If you love helping people and learning like I do then nursing is super fun!