I'm hoping to get input from some people who are CNMs as a second career and/or returned to school to become a CNM. I'm working on completing the last of my prerequisites to enter into an accelerated nursing program and then hope to go on to study midwifery. Right now I work full time with a decent salary and benefits, I'm single so just have my own income. I'm finding the two biggest challenges with returning to school for some years is just leaving a career and getting by financially.
For anyone who has had a similar change or has input, I'd love to get your thoughts.
I'm wondering how people managed to leave their career to go back to school full time, what challenges did you experience and how did you deal with them?
Most programs recommend that you work part time or not at all, especially while getting a graduate degree in nurse-midwifery. How did you manage to financially get by, not just for the cost of going to school, but the cost of living? Did you take out loans, work part time, anything else?
Do you feel it was worth it to change your career?
I appreciate any input.
Meg from New Mexico