Sorry if this is a redundant post, as I'm sure this question has been asked before, but for some reason (not sure why honestly) the thought of becoming an RN has been playing over and over again in my mind. I've always been health conscious (that's why I've been a fitness instructor and personal trainer) but now - at 46 - I've hit a bit of a wall. Its called my knees, elbows and shoulders, lol. Guess it was all those years of jumping around. I know you are going to then say that I shouldn't be a nurse as it can be a lot of running around. But that's exactly what I want! I can't STAND inactive, sitting behind a desk jobs.
BUT .... I've heard from several nurses NOT to go into the field, that the hours are crazy (and I like a normal sleep schedule) and that you're underappreciated and more like a slave/errand boy than a respected professional. NOT INTENDING TO INSULT ANYONE SO PLEASE DON'T TAKE IT THAT WAY! I respect nurses a lot! Its just what I've heard from several working nurses.
So I had decided to drop the idea, but I'm 46, my career has sort of stopped. I don't know what I'm doing with my life and I need to start fresh. I had intended to be a Registered Dietician (in keeping more with the health/fitness element) but it is a longer commitment than the RN degree and I don't know if there is much call for RDs - and I'd almost feel like a glorified nutritionist (and I don't want to put in 6 years to be thought of as a nutritionist). Hmm, sorry again, I guess a nutritionist wouldn't be too happy with that comment, but the RD licensing does require a lot more knowledge and years of training.
SO ........ to get to the point, would you please help me out and tell me about your experience (pros AND cons) of being an RN AND about the process? My local community college offers a 2 year RN program. I do not have any degree at this time, sad to say, but I was a mom at a very young age.