So you wanna be a nurse, eh?
Do you have any idea what's involved? The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. can probably provide you with the most information.
Becoming a nurse may not eat as much cash as starting a dot-com company, but for most of us, costs a little more than we have in our pockets. So here's a few places to look for some financial assistance.
If and when you decide what you want to be when (if) you grow up, and after you've examined the financial strain involved, you'll want to pick a nursing program. feel free to be picky. You'll need to choose a program that prepares you for life as a nurse. Maybe you'll even get to wear a cool Nursing Cap. Ahhh....graduation, the parties, the fanfare, the chance to sleep an entire eight hours....
OK...so you've gotten through the school part. Next is possibly the most stressful experience of your thus short nursing career...THE BOARDS (better known as the NCLEX, which as we all know really stands for Nightmarishly Crazed Licensure Exam). Just a suggestion, study If you've chosen a good Nursing School, said your prayers, and eaten all of your veggies, you will pass. Most importantly, DON'T PANIC...in the long run, its no different than the myriad tests you took in getting to this point. Just a bit longer than some. Review....you'll do fine. (Just a bit of Cybernurse reassurance)
WHEW...so maybe becoming a nurse involves alot of work. Consider it practice for the real world (which it is). Finding a job as an RN can be a little like trying having someone give you a backrub. It might take some time for you to find the right spot, so try different areas of specialization until you find your spot.
Even if you live in a state that doesn't require continuing education, its not a bad idea. Nursing and medicine change so frequently that you'll make your life much easier if you keep your knowledge current.
Good luck to students and Nurse Wannabes. Drop us a line and let us know how you make out!