So, I have most of my credits for either school and I don’t know which way to go. I’ve shadowed both careers and they were both so interesting to me. My mom, who’s a nurse, said I could get through nursing school and then later get a sonography degree. She wants me to go to nursing school really badly. Any advice on what I could do?
Answer by reginachick22
Nursing requires a very specific type of person in order for a nurse to be happy in their job and remain in the field for life. Lots of people can work in healthcare, but not everyone is made to be or can be a nurse. Or a good nurse. This is not something related to intelligence or academics, it is about that caring and compassionate “factor x”.You are caring for those most vulnerable in sometimes unpleasant situations. In simplest terms, those people who are the most happy and successful nurses are typically drawn to the profession. That’s not to say that there can’t be exceptions in either direction, but generally speaking.
Some people are more technical orientated and prefer working with data, tasks, technology etc. While nursing certainly utilizes these areas as well, there is that level of close patient interaction in clinical nursing that makes nursing unique. It is often a strong draw for those who go into nursing, as they typically enjoy this aspect. Not everyone is well suited to this work, nor does everyone enjoy it. But it can be very rewarding if you do.
Whatever you do, don’t chose a program based on what your mom wants. This is your life, your career. You need to choose what’s best for YOU.
If you can get a job working as an aide in a nursing home, this may help you decide if nursing school is or isn’t something you want to pursue further. You could also try going for your LPN first. That way you won’t spend/waste 4 years of schooling if you choose wrong. You’ll still have lots of time to go back to sonography.
Lastly, if you are a very strong student, you could consider taking a joint program specially designed in which you will graduate with some sort of combined program (I.e. RN with sonography certificate or diploma) after a longer period of time. While I personally have never heard of this, some schools may allow you to custom design a program to do this. You never know unless you try.