Originally posted by FutureRNTerri
I too have a degreen in computer science and currently work in that field.
You have a job? Congrats. =)
Well the thought of doing the same job was making me have extreme depression . ( I realized that I really hated what I was doing. The reason why I stayed at my current position was due to the fact that I really liked my co workers and I was generally contented. Well then I started to do some soul searching. I realized that I have always been drawn to helping and caring for people. (Afterall that is what nursing is)
Well, see, I REALLY love working with computers. The work I used to do was really challenging. I was almost never faced with the same problem from one day to the next and it was very exhilerating.
But then the company went out of business. =(
Do you have that desire? Do you mind getting your hands dirty ( figuratively). If so I realize that this switch will be painful. At least it has been for me. I have to keep a double duty.. Still working in IT and taking nursing classes ( pre reqs). ( have to pay the bills).
Well, yes and no. I have always wanted to help people. But, honestly, I don't know how well I'd do at it. I like helping people, but I really don't like being around sick people. =)
There's a specific reason that I want to go into anesthesia, and that's because your patients are asleep most of the time! =) Kidding...sort of.
Someone mentioned looking into some volunteer work, and I think that's a great idea. I'm looking into that.
The decision is yours to make, but I wouldn't come to nursing just because you think it will be stable work.. I think it way too difficult a job for that....
Spoken like somebody who has a job. Sorry, I don't mean to sound bitter, but I am. I think you put too little weight on "stable work." I will do ANYTHING for a job right now. Even completely switching careers if that's what it takes.
I didn't wake up one day and decide that I wanted to be a nurse. I have spent a lot of time considering my current skills and education, my potential education, time investment v career payoff, etc...The conclusion that I have reached is that I am willing to invest another six years into education in a field with a high potential for financial security when I've finished.
This decision would certainly spark enthusiasm from my family. Nursing has a long history in my family, so it's in the blood, so to speak. Yes, I CAN do it. I know I can. Will I like it? Will I have a passion for it? Who can say? I'm willing to take the plunge, as I have NO OTHER PROSPECTS. Really, makes the decision a lot easier.
My father has been a CRNA for a long time, and he doesn't have a passion for it. He doesn't even necessarily like helping people. As a matter of fact, he doesn't even seem to like his job that much, but he does it and he provides for his family. And he spends a lot of time doing what he loves on his time off. Doesn't seem so bad to me.
Sorry, don't mean to go off like that, but as I said earlier, I'm more than a little bitter right now.