Do I Have What It Takes To Be A Nurse? Your Answer Is Here.

Let's find out if you have it was it takes to be a nurse.

Nursing is a fast-growing, high-demand profession with unlimited opportunity. That’s why many career changers are applying to our ABSN program as a way to accelerate into the occupation. However, it’s not a field to be entered into lightly. If you’re thinking about transitioning into the profession, it’s worth pondering the question: Do I have what it takes to be a nurse? This post can help you with the answer.

Career Motivation

Think about what’s drawing you to the nursing profession. Sure, it’s one of the best occupations available today, but if you don’t go into it for the right reasons, you’ll likely end up unhappy. It’s important that you have a genuine interest in taking care of others. While the pay, benefits, and job security of the occupation are attractive, they shouldn’t be your main motivating factors.

Xavier ABSN student in simulation manikin

“You have to love what you’re doing. You have to care for patients and truly be invested in their overall well-being—mind, body, and spirit. I think that makes you a great nurse,” said Lauren, Xavier ABSN program graduate, class of May 2018.

Character Traits

There’s more to being a great nurse than having a sincere passion for helping others. Nursing is a rewarding, yet sometimes taxing profession. Try thinking about your personality in relation to the following statements:

  • Nurses have a strong work ethic.
  • Nurses work well under pressure.
  • Nurses problem-solve and think on their feet.
  • Nurses bathe patients and provide hygiene care.
  • Nurses come in contact with germs and bodily fluids.
  • Nurses empathize with patients and family members.
  • Nurses don’t become agitated when caring for difficult patients.
  • Nurses encounter dying patients who tug on their heartstrings.
  • Nurses collaborate with others to deliver the best care possible.

If you can remain calm and focused in stressful situations, refrain from passing judgment on others, remain positive in unpleasant circumstances, and work well in a team environment, you might have the right personality for the job. Being a nurse also comes with the harsh reality that not every patient can be saved, so it’s important that you’re emotionally equipped to accept that.

Physical Endurance

While some areas of practice are more physically demanding than others, it’s common for nurses to have to lift and move patients. These caregivers also do a lot of standing, walking, and bending during their 12-hour shifts. If you can carry out several physical tasks while on the job and work long hours, you might have the right endurance for the profession.

What A Typical 12-Hour Hospital Shift Might Look Like
7 am to 8 am
  • Obtain reports from night shift nurse
  • Review patient labs and medical histories
  • Review patient orders from doctors
  • Plan the day based on patient needs
8 am to 11 am
  • Perform patient assessments, take patient vitals
  • Prepare patients for breakfast
  • Chart patient info
  • Update patient care plans
  • Dispense medication to patients
  • Call doctors for any new orders
  • Assist patients with daily living activities
11 am to 1 pm
  • Check patient blood glucose levels
  • Give diabetic patients insulin
  • Prepare patients for lunch
  • Discharge patients
  • Chart patient info
1 pm to 5 pm
  • Admit and discharge patients
  • Dispense medications to patients
  • Chart patient info
  • Change patient dressings
  • Provide wound care to patients
  • Start new IVs, change IV tubing
  • Follow new orders from doctors
5 pm to 6 pm
  • Check patient blood glucose levels
  • Give diabetic patients insulin
  • Prepare patients for dinner
  • Dispense medications to patients
6 pm to 7 pm
  • Share reports and other information with night shift nurse

A Nurse in the Making

If you believe you have what it takes to become a nurse, our 16-month ABSN program can accelerate you into the profession—as long as you meet the admission requirements. And, like the profession itself, you want to make sure the accelerated path to nursing is a good fit for you.

Are you eligible?

To qualify for our ABSN program, you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher. You must also satisfy our prerequisite requirements, which involves completing the below courses with a grade of “C” or better.

  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Statistics

Are you ready?

Our ABSN program comprises a rigorous blend of online coursework, hands-on nursing labs, and in-person clinical rotations in different areas of practice. To be successful in the program, you must be able to devote between 40 and 60 hours a week to your education. In fact, your studies could easily be compared to holding down a full-time job.

Brianna, ABSN program graduate

“Faculty are absolutely in your corner. They want you to succeed. They want you to do well,” said Brianna, Xavier ABSN program graduate, class of May 2018. “I love them. They’re great.”

You can succeed!

While nursing school, no matter where you go, is a challenge, we can help you succeed in our ABSN program. Our nursing faculty and clinical instructors are very passionate about what they do. They want to see everyone that comes through the program succeed. They know how to break down complex concepts so that you can better understand them, and they are always willing to answer your questions.

While in our ABSN program, you’ll have access to an academic success coach, whose job is to make sure you receive the best learning experience possible. This individual is your bridge between admissions and academics, advocating for whatever you need to succeed, from providing you with test-taking strategies to getting your billing questions answered.

Erin, Xavier ABSN student

“From day one, be ready to hit the ground running. But know that you have all the resources you need to be successful,” said Erin, Xavier ABSN program graduate, class of May 2018. “Everyone at Xavier is there for you.”

Make It Happen

If you have a passion for the profession and meet our admission requirements, our ABSN program can set your nursing career in motion. We have enrollment locations in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, with each location offering three start dates per year. Contact our admission team to learn more.

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