Okay....so I'm a career changer waiting RIGHT NOW to see if I get accepted into the nursing program at my community college this fall. I am not going into nursing because of the money or the glamour. I was making a lot more money in my previous job than I will make as a new grad, or for that matter, for a few years after. There are still jobs out there for my line of "expertise" but I have always wanted to go into nursing......crazy? I don't know!!
As with all things, nursing is also cyclical. There are highs, there are lows. I think the key is to remain positive and flexible. I started taking prerequisites back in 2000 but could not keep up with it because I was working full-time and I just didn't have the time to devote to it. Oh!! how I wish I'd stuck with it as I'd already be a nurse with experience by now. So, here I am 10 years later "waiting" to see if I can even get into the program. It has gotten so competitive, it's ridiculous!
For those of you with experience and "looking" for a job, don't give up!! Something will turn up......it may not necessarily be in the area you'd want, but at least you will be working and getting exposure to something new perhaps. You have already done the hard part.....for me, I'm just starting out, and the road seems very long!!!
Good luck to everyone!!