23 Jun, 2021 12:01 PM

Is training to be a nurse extremely challenging?

I've wanted to be a nurse since I was a child, I'm already a sophomore In college and I've been discouraged a lot lately by my mother about nursing school. I'm taking courses to get into the nursing program offered at my school and I have no support from family. My mother keeps saying I will fail and my father only cares that nurses make a good living. Everyone I spoke to was kicked from he nursing school because it was too hard to complete. What makes me think I have a chance? Even if it's something I really want to do.

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23 Jun, 2021 12:01 PM

Whoa! Don't let other people - not even your parents - get you down. If you've wanted to be a nurse since you were little and you are out pursuing your dream and attending college, you are well on your way! Being a nurse is challenging, just like any other career worth having. It's your dream and your choice and you're already making it happen. That your parents aren't happy for you and supportive of your admirable goals is sad.

My friend went to nursing school because she has the same dream as you. She graduated with honors with a bachelor's of science in exercise and sport science, but still wasn't accepted to nursing school the first year she applied. They said she didn't have enough experience. She got a job at a doctor's office for a year and then applied and got it! A year and a half later, she is a nurse and, most importantly, she is happy! Yes, it will take work. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, it will take time. Yes, you can do it!

What you need to do now is let your parents' criticism fall to the wayside. I was originally in school to be a pharmacist and when I changed to teaching, my parents were not supportive (even though my mom is a teacher) because that job is less prestigious and lucrative. I made the choice I needed to make, worked hard, and now I'm happy to say that I'm exactly what I want to be: a high school English teacher, not a pharmacist.

Stay focused on your goal and find support to help you. There are usually peer tutoring offices and science help centers on campus. The school wants you to do well! Find out where these resources are and go use them. Some of the classes will be tough, but if you ask questions when you have them and get help when you need it, you will be fine. Make friends in classes and they're built-in study buddies.

Nurses are in high demand and it's a very rewarding career. Prove your family wrong and show them that you're strong and can do this with or without their support! They'll come around eventually.

23 Jun, 2021 12:02 PM

If its something you really want to do, then go for it.
Evidently nursing is in-demand right now and since its in the health field, its going to be challenging. But, have you ever thought of what you have to go through to obtain that major? Do you like talking to and taking care of people (especially, elderly ones)? Do you like Science (its a plus if you also like math)? Can you maintain a positive attitude even when the school work gets tough?

If yes to all, then you'll be a great nurse one day.

My parents aren't supportive of my plans either, but they've got to eventually realize that its my life, not theirs. I'm still carrying out my plans.