I had always wanted to be a nurse. I knew my calling when I worked as a nurse'a aide back in the early 60s. Unfortunately I realized that my life was to take a different path than nursing for a few years. I got married, then separated after 7 years, leaving me to raise two children, still with the desire to become a nurse. I eventually became a school bus driver, and joined our local ambulance corps, becoming an EMT the following year. I also became a CPR and a First Aid, instructor. I have a lifelong philosophy, "Whaterer you decide to do in life, do it with all of your might." That was why I became the ambulance corp's first EMT, and I held that position for ten years, after which some new people became EMTs.
The bus company decided to have me teach CPR, Basic First Aid, and OSHA regulations to all 130 of their employees. Being an EMT, I was automatically required to recertify in bloodbourne OSHA regulations annually, which qualified me to teach those regulations to the employees.
After being an employee with the bus company for 15 years, I decided that it was time for me to move to another state near my oldest daughter who is a graduate student at our local university. I had a wonderful sendoff from my former employer, that included a bonus check of $350., and a great letter of recommendation.
Armed with all of that, I decided to send resumes, and apply to various areas of employment, where I wasn't getting very far. Five months later I received a full scholarship to the nursing program at our local VoTec school. At the age of 55, I realized my dream. My children were both grown and married by that time.
I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I was forced to wait until my children grew up before I went to nursing school. I was the oldest student in my class. I had received my scholarship from a state funded program that helps people with financing an new career. I really don't have any answers for you right now though, but I thought by telling you how I became a nurse might give you an idea.
After arriving at my new destination,