Good day, RNtobe23
Associate degree in business computer science in 1984. The long answer even for the short version. My wife asked me one day while we were on a walk if I could see myself doing what I was doing for the next 5 or more years. A few months later, the company for whom I worked was sold to a Texas firm.
Given I was in an extremely small niche (Internet security for business-based servers running Linux-based operating systems) that wasn't popular in our geographic area (Berks, Lancaster, and surrounding counties are into Microsoft Windows) it meant either going back to school to learn Microsoft Windows administration/security (I'm not a Microsoft fan), moving (not an option for the next several years), or getting into a new field.
One of the things I enjoyed on my job was helping customers in situations that often had them under high stress. While I'm an introvert, I enjoyed helping others. Vocational counseling showed I might be good at being a teacher, counselor, or health care related.
While I was very tempted on the teacher side of the fense, that typically requires a masters degree. Counseling would require a lot of psychology classes (which while I tend to get well, would involve a lot of secular issues I try to avoid for now), and health care seemed the most portable should my wife and I ever get to where we can be more mobile to move outside the area.
So while there are days I do question if I can be a good nurse or not, I continue to plow forward with the goal to becoming a RN, and to be among the best I can be.
What's your story?