On the hunt for a new permanent full-time opportunity and challenge! Looking to serve in a new role!
While I completely agree with Mary and Margie and thought to say what they say in their responses, I think you don't have to wait to find out if you're well suited for nursing. If you don't have the skills to land a Certified Nursing Assistant/Technician job, you can always work as a Volunteer at a local hospital or nursing home. This can allow you to talk to nurse managers, HR recuiters, nurses, and patients and find out more about what nursing really entails and what characteristics are required above an beyond reasoning and intelligence, it also endears you to hospital staff and recruiters and makes the connections that make it easier to get a job later while looking great on a college resume. There is a large amount of stress and responsibility that can make the job unsuitable for those who are not innately built for it. It's wonderful when you find the right specialty that you're well suited for but can be overwhelming and frustrating when you're stuck in the wrong one and trying to get out of it. Sometimes the work culture, the team you're working in, working conditions, wages, time/overtime, and your environment can also have huge effects on your satisfaction and work-life balance. If caring is your innate talent and skill it will come easy to you. I would strongly recommend that you take as many high-level science and math classes as you can in college including, chemistry/organic Chem, biochem, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, calculus, algebra, pre-calculus, etc. Take as many as possible at the AP level if possible. You also will really need to be able to to read and write with comprehension and mastery. Loving science and at least understanding math are essential to the job. I would go get a study manual for the HESI-RN & NCLEX-RN and start using them now!