Am I ok to become a nurse???

Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 01:52 pm
I am 21 and just starting the college process....I have always wanted to become a nurse it is a true passion of mine...but everyone that I know who is doing it was an honor student in high school and straight A students etc while I just did the bare minimum to graduate. I'm not very good at math but I never really studied it in high school. I'm sure if I really study in college I'll be just fine but right now I am second guessing myself. Any advice on ppl who struggled with math and still became RNs? Just need some encouraging words. Thanks Smile
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Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 02:58 pm
@Sarahoso ,
My only comment is relative to the admissions process. Our local community college had, and probably still has a two year program that qualifies on to take the RN boards. It is so popular that your high school transcripts have to be nearly perfect, and it is still oversubscribed. In other words, you might well be able to do the work, but still not be admitted to the program.

Sorry I couldn't offer more encouragement.

Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 03:10 pm
I've long time nurse friends who did the community college thing.

I've a family member who is smart but was buffaloed by some high school classes where others were much quicker. Years have gone by since then. Gradually she learned how to study. Recently she got her bachelor's in history. She's now - way less afraid since she nailed the how to study business - off at another school taking the science courses she had missed, and planning on either nursing or physician assisting.

I think I'd suggest taking math in community college, maybe one course at a time if you're seriously that poor in it. Or, read some basic math online first, until you get comfortable.
Even I, no math whiz, could enjoy understanding it.
Not to demote nursing, but I'm not clear that the math involved is a giant deal. But it does need to be understood.
Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 05:26 pm
Im not sure about the math, but Id like to think whoever is delivering my medication knows the difference between 10 and 100 cc's.
Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 05:36 pm
Different syringes, different needles.
Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 05:39 pm
I don't mean to be snotty. I was a complete dolt in physics.
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Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 05:40 pm
Ouch!!!!! That just brought back a painful memory.
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2015 11:42 am
@Sarahoso ,
Sarah except for sex you are me in every mentioned respect. In spite of lousy grades, especially at the Univ where later I was denied postgrad, I went on to be a successful (?) writer and inventor. So stick with it

Yes guys, I know the ego shows through....

It's amusing (to me anyway) incidentally to note that when I misspelled "Sarah,"my software corrected it automatically to yield "Sadder except for sex..."

So Sadder, I'd be Sarah to learn it doesn't make you feel saran

Honest to God Sarah, it chose that lost'n too (shoujdabin "last'n)
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2015 07:23 pm
Okay, so I did so so in high school. just over a 3.0. I entered the work force, doing things one does without a degree, and eventually enrolled into a community college. My grades, including math, were much better this time around and I transferred into one of the nation's top universities.
My advice? Take things slowly; but, give it a try. Here's how I'd do it if I were you. Go to school part-time. Take one class at a time if you are working. If you are not working, don't take on anymore than part-time course work. This allows you to have maximum time to do well in those courses. No one will care that you went part-time, they will care about the grades.
You also might consider starting with a CNA. That's what my ex did while she was in school. She had work and graduated with experience. The Red Cross offers a four week course for $1,300.00. You may check if a community college offers it and if you can get financial aid as well.
I found reassurance in my path from a surprising place. I'd recommend listening to Jim Carrey's commencement speech at Maharishi University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6LW9US9QoE. It's incredibly inspiring.
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