I did consider an MPH, a JD, and a PA. I found that nursing seems to offer the most career paths. Options are appealing. You are right, public health may be a good fit. Maybe I'll seek an experience in that arena, while I'm in school.
I think people maybe missed what I was asking for. I was hoping for suggestions on areas I might try to seek out learning experiences while
I'm in school, that might then turn into a career goal
for me after school. Sorry - maybe this post will make things more clear.
I think we get clinical hours in five basic specialties during school, one of which is ER. I'm excited to see what it's like and to see if I have the stamina. I may be able to ask for clinical experience in areas that are not in the ones they are offering. I think the areas are labor and delivery, pediatrics of some sort, ER, rehabilitation, and ICU. Any suggestions?
Comments regarding stamina: I can work part time. I'm not sure if part-time work is common. I prefer it. I know I won't have the pick of any job I want after school and will likely have to work nights etc. That's OK.
It's definitely not all about me. I'm giving up a lot to go to nursing school
. I will make substantially less and will be starting over at 40. I've moved all the way across the country, away from family and friends, and uprooted my family to go to school. All this, because I want to learn something practical that can actually help people. I don't feel like my work has meaning in research - anymore anyway. It feels administrative, at this point.
I was a couple weeks from being on the beach in Chennai, India during the tsunami, where all those people died (it didn't all happen in Thailand). I couldn't change my flight and went there. I wanted to help, but don't have practical skills - only some knowledge. I was told leaving and not taking up a hotel room that could be used by a nurse or doctor would be the most helpful. There was cholera and malaria after the tsunami and I didn't have enough meds to cover me for India and my next destination. They had been using my room for refugees when I arrived. I left - I felt horrible leaving. I've never felt more useless. Since then, I have had a very strong desire to learn skills that can be used - really used - under any circumstance anywhere. So, I've quit my career and am going back to get another bachelors degree in something useful.
I do volunteer. I helped organize a free healthcare clinic that treats about ~4000 people in one weekend every year. This was very rewarding and drove me to want to learn practical skills even more.
I am a leader, but do not want to manage people. I can manage large projects, but don't want to have to delegate too much, or rely too much on others doing their part without micro-management. If they don't need micro-management - I'm great. It's hard to describe here. I am hard to work for - I needed to spell out my downsides in order to get good suggestions - but I'm not hard to work with
. Hope that makes more sense. I was trying to explain so that no one would suggest that I seek to move into management, because of my personality. Been there, done that, don't like it.
Anyway, any supportive folks with other suggestions? I greatly appreciate everyone taking the time to have read my book ;-)