I always longed to work in the hospital setting. I got a degree in college that would allow me to go to PA school, but I instead decided to marry my husband and become a high school science teacher so that I could be more available to my family. He is military, moves around and is gone a lot. I got my MA in Education and am in my second year as a chemistry teacher (two states so far). I am very dissatisfied with teaching high school kids and have no passion for it although I am told very often that I am good at it. I see others with such enthusiasm for teaching and I'm just not there. I am thinking for the fifth time of going back to nursing school. I know that the hours for nurses can be a bit crazy; however, I feel that if I loved my job it would be worth it. My husband thinks that this is a "grass is always greener" thing and that I will regret not having summers off. I'm wondering if you all can offer any help. I want to have time to spend with my children and wonder how the hours are for nursing? Are there benefits for moms as a nurse that I may not be considering? Is it hard to move around as a nurse? I know the military lifestyle puts the spouse tagging along and I really want to do something for myself but I don't want to hate it later as a mother. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated from mothers, military wives, or anyone who feels they can help. Thanks so much in advance.
I am a school nurse so fully understand the summers off
There are times when I would like to be a teacher too - one of my schools had someone come in to observe and critique our school's teaching of math. I stayed over with the rest of the staff to hear his debriefing session - what they did right and what they did wrong. I was ready to be a math teacher at the end of it
If I were you Melanie, I would seriously think things over. I hated working in the hospital. I would job shadow for a few days to see if it really is your bag. Since you have a MA already, the PA might be the way to go, though. There are also "immersion" degrees in nursing that are geared toward people with college degrees that aren't in nursing.
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