I've asked everyone that I know, so I figured maybe I should try to get some advice the nursing community. Here's my issue...long background needed (i think)...
I'm almost 27 yrs. old have a B.S. in Special Ed., but decided I didn't want to be a teacher. Then I fell in love w/OT through my work at a school for kids with DD. I've also thought about nursing since before my first go round at college. However, the 5 aunts and my mom said stay away!
So, I started taking prereq's. for an OT master's program in NY, then found out that my step-dad (a Vietnam Vet) is now eligible for a ed. benefit...FREE TUITION, but only in the state of Alabama...easy choice right? Find a school in AL for OT, well not exactly.... I didn't get into the school. And there's only 1 other program in the state...
So, I decided I would bite the bullet and take out more loans for school
I'm getting ready to move back to NY, go into more student loan debt (the program is 8 semesters).
I applied to a A.S. program in AL (which was kind of my back up plan) and won't find out until after I'm back in NY. I don't really have a preference in either...I have more hands on experience working w/OT's and truly fasinated and passionate about the profession.
Here's the curve ball. My mom has Stage IV Ovarian cancer and is on her 3rd round of chemo. She lives in AL. Being close to her is my priority, but I don't know if nursing is for me. Of course my mom says she wants me to do what I feel is the right path for me.
Please any words of wisdom, advice, etc. would be greatly appreciated.