My reason for starting the thread.... (this is a response I wrote to a PM):
i have been a "working actress" since '98. after i had my son 4 yrs. ago, my tv roles and commercials have become fewer and fewer -- partly due to focusing on motherhood & not so much my hustle.
after having a nagging feeling about attending med school (which is completely out of character for me, i thought), i decided to try massage therapy to see if i even liked working with the body before i invested a bunch of time and money into medicine. massage therapy has worked out well for me -- financially rewarding, flexible, etc. but, it's become too much on my body. i keep getting tendonitis in my hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. because of the recurring injuries, i started considering med school again, which ultimately led me to pursuing nursing.
after meeting with 4 schools
-- UCLA, CSUN & 2 CCs, i found that i'm only 2 science classes & a sociology class away from applying to nursing school
. my hope is that i am able to work the same days that i work in massage -- i.e., friday and saturday nights -- in a hospital setting.i have a friend who's a picu nurse who says she works with actresses during those shifts.
my anxiety is coming from kinda putting my acting pursuits on hold for another couple of years as i attend school and get settled into the hospital environment. the medical thing doesn't seem to be going anywhere within me, and neither is my acting passion. so i'm believing that there's a place for both of them in my life. i'd hate to forsake one thing for the other...
anyway, i started the thread because i want to know realistically what people are experiencing as performers and nursing professionals. i want to know if it's working for them, and if it's not, why. hope i get some feedback!