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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Nurse?

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Nurse?

Megan Malugani | Monster Contributing Writer

Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions.

How difficult is it to get into nursing school?

It’s pretty tough. In many nursing programs, competition is fierce for a limited number of spots, so students need stellar grades from high school or their first few years of college to earn acceptance into a program. Nursing schools simply don’t have the capacity to accept as many students as are qualified. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that US nursing schools turned away 40,285 qualified applicants in 2007-08 due to a shortage of nursing faculty, a lack of clinical placement sites and budget constraints.

Persistence may be the key for those who are truly passionate about becoming nurses. “A lot of people I know had to [apply] more than once,” says Karen Burnett, RN, a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Some of Burnett’s friends even repeated courses to improve their grades.

Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions.

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    KESHAGREER

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    the pasion i have for becoming a nurse helps me to do my best in school and i look at the hard work as a stepping stone. i know i will be a superb nurse because i believe it my calling. good luck to all us students out there and i pray that we all succeed and become the best nurse on this planet.

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    jillrey_23

    almost 7 years ago

    14 comments

    i failed my math suject ast sem..
    im really dumb with numbers..hate it!

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    gospellove772003

    about 6 years ago

    1252 comments

    im going to make it no matter what it takes i am determined to press towards my goal an wil succeed

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    cutebaby

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I have been a CNA for over 5 years and have some colleges, I want to finish my prerequisites but am unable to get my transcripts from one of the colleges I have attended. Now I think I have to start all over with my prerequisites. This is so hard for I am a full time CNA and I am looking for an online program to start my prerequisites so I can move on to get my LPN.

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    kellycna

    about 6 years ago

    20 comments

    I am going to be a nurse no matter what!

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    BasketballPA123

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    You know in your heart if you want to be a Nurse or PA in my case. My Dad was my first patient
    in the Emergency Room, so I realized real quick that my profession was about being Gods hands.
    You always study to obtain medical knowledge to do the best you can because it's about making
    loved ones even your own have a great life. You don't worry about age, respect or being squeamish when people count on you to live.

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    cuttie

    about 6 years ago

    1042 comments

    I was single too with three kid, your first step, should be, checking out some colleges that offer the ADN nursing program. Start with your RN preq.

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    mitichie

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i work in a hospital taking care of burn patient and is my best job i am 34 and i am thinking of going to school but iam a single parent with 3 kids what is my frist step in going for the RN

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    gabelovechild

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a CNA. I've been working as one for six months and now I am in school to be come a medical assit. I have talk to other medical assit. and they are saying that I should go on and be a RN because of the title and the pay I am still unsure of what I need to do. One thing that I know I am sure of and that is I want more PAY!

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    With patient to nurse ratio so high at many hospitals, it is very difficult for nurses. When the bean counters come in, the nurses are decreased, leaving an even more skeletal staff. No wonder that so many excellent nurses leave nursing. If hospitals would make conditions better and more fair for nurses, there would be less of a shortage.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    With such a critical nursing shortage, they need to find a way to take more nursing students each year.

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    amanda36

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I need help with passing the nclex for LPN. If there is someone that can help , please i'm willing to listening .

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    leswooley

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I am a 36 year old single mother of 3. I am currently working full time as an LPN and going to school part time to get my RN. Before becoming a nurse 5 years ago, I worked in a factory working swing shifts every two weeks. That sucked. When I became pregnant with my 3rd child I decided to do something different. I wanted to be a vetrenarian to begin with, but that was unreasonable with three children, and I had heard it only takes 6 weeks to be a CNA. I thought I could to that while on maternity leave from work. When singning up at the school, the counselor talked me into becoming an LPN. Once I began working in an OB department, I never knew you could be so happy at work!!! I love my job, and if any one thinks that they may be interested in this field, they should try it. There are many different areas to work as a nurse, and any one with a desire can find a place, from patient care to teaching. As for those older people wanting to become a nurse, what is wrong with learning something. It is never to late to learn!!!

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    ohiomom

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am 28 years old single mother of 3 . I worked up until my first day of nursing school. I LOVE IT! Yes it is difficult but if u have the passion or the desire to become a nure you should give yourself a chance! This is a dream come true. I do realize it will be a stuggle financially, but i have to support my childrens future as well my own.

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    swipper

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I GRADUATED IN 1993 FROM A LPN SCHOOL DID REAL GOOD IN SCHOOL. CAN'T PASS THE BOARDS. THIS HAS BEEN MY DREAM FOR YEARS AND I JUST CAN'T GET THERE. IS IT TOO LET FOR ME SINCE IT'S BEEN 15 YEARS. CAN ANYONE HELP ME. sneakpeakgun@yahoo.com

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