Hi! I really need help. I have been in US for almost one year and I have a B’s degree on early childhood education from my country (Turkey). I am working in a day care. I want to switch my career but I have worries. If somebody would help me I will be so happy. I need some advice.
First, I want to be a RN and I plan to take courses at Nova. Is it so hard to work and go to college? I want to be a pediatric nurse because of my background. Actually, I just started to search about it. I don’t have that much idea. So any of advice are appreciated.
Great question! In order to be a pediatric nurse you must graduate from nursing school with a registered nurse degree (takes about 3-4 years… I don’t know what will transfer from your degree that you already received in Turkey…Nova will have to decide that).
Since you are going to Nova you will earn a BSN (bachelors degree in nursing) and after you graduate from there you will have to pass the state board exam called the NCLEX-RN to be a license registered nurse. Then you will need to get a job at a hopital on pediatric floor. There is no special schooling to be a pediatric nurse…it is on-the-job training after you graduate nursing school.
Most people start our nursing school working at a job while going to school. However, once they start having to juggle nursing clinicals (this is where you work at a hospital), study for lecture courses, complete projects, they find they must cut their hours back or quit. It really depends on how organized you are and how you handle stress. I hope that helps. I highly recommend that you visit my YouTube channel that I’ve created to help people who are interested in nursing school. I think it will really help answer many of your questions.
Here are the videos where I talk about nursing school from my experience and I have a video I created about “working and going to nursing school”. You can view them here.
I hope that helps 🙂 If you have any other questions just let me know through the comments section below or through YouTube.