How to Know You’re Ready for Nursing School
Deciding on a career is rarely easy. If you’re thinking about becoming a nurse, then you’ve probably spent a good deal of time wondering if the job is right for you and what it takes to get into nursing school. Deciding to become an RN is no small feat, and like any great journey, the first few steps can be a struggle. However, it’s a struggle that can be overcome. This is how to tell if nursing school is right for you.
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Meet the requirements
Before you get to nursing school, you have to meet a few academic requirements. You need either a high school diploma or GED and have to pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS, to get into school.
Like any other standardized test, the TEAS can look challenging, but don’t let it spook you. There are bigger challenges on the way. If you can prepare for the TEAS, sit for it, and pass it while maintaining a cool head, that’s a good sign you’re ready for what’s to come. After that, you’ll apply for schools and do entrance interviews. Prepare for those too. You’ll want to present your best face to your school’s admissions consultants.
Those are the basic requirements, but it also doesn’t hurt to do some work related to the field. Volunteering at a local clinic, for example, will demonstrate you have a passion for the career and are willing to put in the work.
Doing volunteer work prior to applying will also give you a window into the world of healthcare. It can be messy, stressful, inspiring, and rewarding all at once. Take a look for yourself before jumping in.
Related resource: How to Pass the TEAS Test on the First Try
Get ready to hit the books
Being a nurse is hard work. So is nursing school. You’re going to have to read, learn, and study a great deal during your time at a school like Ameritech. You’ll learn more than you ever thought you would about anatomy, physiology, biology, how to interact with patients, and the medical industry itself. You’ll also learn how to manage your time.
It’s difficult, but doing difficult things can be immensely satisfying. Taking a big test can be draining, but it can also be cathartic, triumphant, and empowering. What’s more, the tests and the classes are only rehearsal. Later on, your work will directly impact people’s health and lives, so approaching your studies with the necessary dedication will serve you well.
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Be prepared for what’s really important
There’s one more thing to keep in mind, though: Do you have a passion for healthcare?
Are you ready to serve and help others? Are you ready to act unselfishly? Are you interested in the well-being and health of strangers? Are you ready to assist others in times of extreme pain and vulnerability? Are you ready to be exactly what they need during those hard times? Do you want to make the world a better place? Are you ready to keep learning new things about the field for the rest of your life?
If so, then you’re ready to go to nursing school. Once you feel that drive, that urge, and that need to improve yourself and the world you live in, you’ll know for sure.
Whether you’re just starting your nursing career or getting your BSN degree, Ameritech is ready to hear from you. Visit our program pages to learn more about our nursing and RN-BSN programs, and follow us on Facebook.