Glad to have you aboard with us!
Go for the gold.......and spend it the way you dreamed about spending it! And.....I'm not just talking about $$$ either, but the expensive energy and emotional time that it takes to be a nurse. If you've got a heart of gold, compassion, a love for people and desire to help the sick and dying, as well as the "well patients" who simply come in for a minor surgical procedure but aren't really sick-sick, then nursing is for you.
You mention your wife not being too happy about you entering nursing. Iron out that problem before school starts or it will continue to crop up as you go through school. What have you already done to relieve any fears she has? Have you taken her to the school where you will be attending, and let her sit in on your sessions with the academic and healthcareer counselors? Do whatever it takes to maintain excellent communication with your spouse because if you lose the wife and family of your youth over anything other than death, you'll forever wonder "What the heck happened?" and "What could I have done to prevent it from going sour?" Take care of home and family above all else, gain their support because you will need it, and take time for them along the way to let them know what you are doing is for "the family unit". Pray together every day, give lots of hugs and kisses, warm embraces, family smiles, and laughter. If you can maintain your homelife in this way, the rest will fall into place in due time. :kiss
Oh.....and we here at Allnurses are here for you when you need us. Welcome to the Allnurses Family! Soon you'll have an incurable disease, Chris.........It's called "The Allnurses Addiction" Disease.
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