(repost from the polling thread)
Hi all! I have a bit of problem and a site full of nurses seems to be the best place to look for advice. I'm a 30
year old male from Canada currently working in the law enforcement field (special constable) and I'm
considering going back to school to get a degree in Nursing (I currently have an Advanced B.A.). I have a
full time job making $45,000/year CDN with a great pension plan and good benefits but I would have to give
it all up if I decided to go back to school for 3-4 years. As you can see, this is a big decision for me.
I hear that nurses are in high demand all over the world and the pay is very good (not that I'm in it for the
money). My mom is currently a nurse and my dad is retired from nursing (he was the first male nurse to
graduate from his hospital and finished his career in the administration side of nursing).
The shiftwork I am doing now is sucking the life out of me and I don't know if I want to work another job
that involves shiftwork (although, the time off is great: 4 days on, 4 days off). How demanding of a career
is nursing? I've been reading some of the posts here and people are talking about stress and politics and
management not backing up their nurses, but I guess you will get politics and garbage like that in any job.
Anyway, I just wanted to get some feedback from any of you to see if nursing is as rewarding as people say
it is. Also, how easy/hard is it to specialize in certain fields of nursing? Is there a lot of room for lateral and
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry for the long post and thanks for taking the time to read all of it. Feel free to drop me an email with
any thoughts you might have. Maybe we could even chat about nursing on AIM/ICQ or MSN one day.
Thanks and take care!