well this being my first post, here is a little background:
i am currently employed in a fairly stable position in mid-level management. my problem is that i am not personally satisfied at work. call it an early mid-life crisis i guess (i am 31 year old male)! anyhow, i almost pursued nursing as a degree 10 years ago but was persuaded against it by my girlfriend (now ex-wife). as i find myself restless and without any baggage (i.e. kids, wife etc), i feel the time is right for me to pursue the career that i wanted to 10 years ago.
i do not have a college degree (about 1 year shy) but have completed a number of math (through multi-variable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra etc), science (1 year of chemistry and calc based physics), and economics/business classes. unfortunately, i never took any biology. all of the nursing programs
are very competitive to get into and base admissions on prerequisite grades. i am confident that i can compete well in these classes, but i am still looking at 2 years before i can be admitted. here is where i need advice. my plans until then are to complete my prereqs. (basically 4 biology and 2 psych. courses), take spanish up, and work on auxiliary classes for my bsn. i will also be finishing the couple of classes i need for my ba in business administration. should i take an entry level position in the health care industry (i.e. nurses aid)? i would really like to get my feet wet (i did some volunteer work in high school at a nursing home), or would volunteering give me the experience i need? by keeping my current position, i would be able to save enough up to not have to work during the 2-year nursing program. from what i have read on this board, that would really be a plus!
thanks in advance for any advice/comments. i have spent a number of hours, since finding the board, reading over the many posts. it has been a great source of information.