Am I crazy? - page 2

I am 37 years old and just started graduate school in psychology 6 months ago. I had always wanted to get my masters but due to marriage and 3 kids have not been able to until now. The program is... Read More

  1. by   Jules A
    If this is a dumb question, please forgive me but how long will it take for you to finish the Masters that you are working on now? How intense is the program?

    If its like 2 years or less, I'd probably keep plugging along unless you are truly miserable. In the meantime maybe you could take a nursing pre-req or two if you would need them should you decide to make the switch.

    I also don't think you are crazy, I started nursing in my early 40s and truthfully the first few weeks of the program I had very mixed feelings. I stuck it out with some super good advice/moral support from my Mom who is a nurse and my enthusiasm really grew. Maybe that is what will happen with your current program. Its a major life adjustment so I wouldn't expect it to be without a few snaffus. Just hang in there. It sounds to me like you can't lose either way. Jules
  2. by   artsy3
    Quote from Jules A
    If this is a dumb question, please forgive me but how long will it take for you to finish the Masters that you are working on now? How intense is the program?

    If its like 2 years or less, I'd probably keep plugging along unless you are truly miserable. In the meantime maybe you could take a nursing pre-req or two if you would need them should you decide to make the switch.

    I also don't think you are crazy, I started nursing in my early 40s and truthfully the first few weeks of the program I had very mixed feelings. I stuck it out with some super good advice/moral support from my Mom who is a nurse and my enthusiasm really grew. Maybe that is what will happen with your current program. Its a major life adjustment so I wouldn't expect it to be without a few snaffus. Just hang in there. It sounds to me like you can't lose either way. Jules
    Thanks, Jules. The program is a very intense one. It is 67 hours so not a quick 2 year program, unfortunately. The time and expense are not things I can really spare. I honestly don't see myself doing both programs. Whichever one I choose leaves little to no time to explore the other with 3 kids and their activities. I want to make the wisest decision.

    I am happy to hear that age should not be a variable in the decision
  3. by   StrwbryblndRN
    It is a choice based on which would be a better fit for me.[/quote]

    This is a hard question for anyone else to answer but you.
    If your're heart is not in to the education but the career following is, then I would stick it out. But overall if you feel that getting a masters is not you then maybe you should not proceed. Everyone has a purpose in life and it is a matter of finding what it is for you. I just hope that no one in your family (intentional or not) does not make you feel less of a professional because you have not lived up to the same standards as them. Getting a masters degree is great but so is knowing what is best for you.

    Best of Luck
    Shelley
  4. by   AfloydRN
    37 is very young to start nursing school. When I graduated in 95 over 50 % of our class was over 50 years old. If you want it- go for it. You will not regret it. It is a very rewarding career. You get to make a difference to people every day.
  5. by   lauralassie
    Your not crazy, your finding your way. Do what is good for you. I know many nurses who went to school at that age.
  6. by   DizzyLizard
    When I thought about changing careers to nursing I started taking pre-reqs as well as a CNA course. I worked as a CNA in various facilities, hospitals to see what the nursing profession was all about. I knew that if I would enjoy being a CNA I'd enjoy being a nurse. I was hooked.... By the way, I'm in my 30's as well.
  7. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from artsy3
    I am 37 years old and just started graduate school in psychology 6 months ago. I had always wanted to get my masters but due to marriage and 3 kids have not been able to until now. The program is very competitive and I was one of only 12 candidates chosen. So, I should feel honored to be in this program. But, my heart is not in it like I thought it would be. I worked so hard to get in, and now I'm not sure I want to do this.

    My mother is a nurse (RN with masters), my only 2 aunts are nurses (RN's with masters), one brother is a nurse, my other brother is a doctor, my father is a doctor, my SIL is a doctor. Basically, my entire family is in the medical field. My mother always wanted for me to be a nurse, but I always resisted the idea. I was very rebellious, and our relationship was not a good one. So, I am thinking that perhaps I was really meant to be a nurse and just resisted the idea due to my feelings toward my mother. Now, that our relationship has improved, I am actually open to the idea. I feel like I know so much already just growing up and spending so much time with nurses and doctors that I think I would be a really good nurse.

    How do I know if that is the path I should take? If it is, how do I deal with the embarassment of being so wishy washy with my life at 37
    Wishy washiness knows no age limit. Maybe you were meant to be a doctor. Ever consider that?

    Who are you trying to please? What do your spouse and kids think?

    I think your name says it all. Artsy. Not Science-y.

    I guess I don't have any specific advice. Too bad you don't like Psychology. Clean work, good pay. Sorry I can't help but wish you well.
  8. by   artsy3
    Thanks for all the responses!

    After much soul searching, I realize that I love the field of psychology. It's the classes I've taken so far that I have not been enthusiastic about, because they are not exactly psychology related but still necessary for the degree (eg. research design and statistics). I have no plans to go into research once I get my masters, but it is still required.

    So, now I am wondering if I should continue on this path or go into nursing with a concentration on psychiatric nursing? The thought of treating the "whole" person is very appealing to me.
  9. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from artsy3
    Thanks for all the responses!

    After much soul searching, I realize that I love the field of psychology. It's the classes I've taken so far that I have not been enthusiastic about, because they are not exactly psychology related but still necessary for the degree (eg. research design and statistics). I have no plans to go into research once I get my masters, but it is still required.

    So, now I am wondering if I should continue on this path or go into nursing with a concentration on psychiatric nursing? The thought of treating the "whole" person is very appealing to me.
    Unfort. I don't know any entry level nursing programs that have a concentration in psychiatric nursing. In an entry level nursing program you will study psych, OB, med-surg and pediatrics in addition to your other nursing classes. Every nursing program includes these basic classes. If you choose to get an advanced nursing degree in psych nursing there are many options! I too had a degeee in psychology before going into nursing. I, however, found that I loved the medical field more than psychology. Nursing was a perfect fit for me, I just didnt realize it at first! I can relate though, growing up I always wanted to go into the medical field and I spent a lot of time around hospitals etc. then in college I thought to myself do I really want to be in the medical field?? so I went into psych. Psych was ok but when I went into nursing school I discovered my passion! Good luck, psychiatric nursing could be the perfect blend of your two professions! You will find your niche.

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