I have been visiting this website for several months now and this is my first posting. I have read many posts that were encouraging of people going into nursing and many that were discouraging. I stay on a constant roller coaster with my decision to go back to school to be a nurse.
I was an elementary school teacher for 8 years and stayed stressed out most of the time. I took about 4 years off and did some soul searching. I have always loved science-really wanted to be a veterinarian- but took the easy way out, so I thought, and went to college to be a teacher. I decided to make a career change to nursing because it interested me. Anyway, I entered nursing school last fall and quit mid-November. I decided to go back to teaching and realized after only a few short months what a horrible mistake I had made because I did not want to teach for the rest of my life. I will be returning to nursing school this fall and really hope to stick it out this time.
I guess what I am looking for is some encouragement. I am aware that nursing can be very stressful, however I feel like I will have more opportunities to pursue in the nursing field if I become dissatisfied in certain areas of the profession.
Also, I would like to know and hear from any nurses that were formerly teachers and how they feel about their career change. Do you feel like you made the right decision? I feel like I will make an excellent nurse, however I really doubt my decision when I read some of the posts from unhappy nurses.
Thank you for your advice and any wisdom you would like to share!