I'm considering nursing school
, and I know that the schooling and the work itself is demanding. Before I make a final decision, I'd like to get some input to find out how I can look inside myself to see if I'm cut out for it.
A little background about myself...
I recently turned 44. I'm relocating to California from Ohio with my wife, as I was laid off earlier in the year as a webmaster for a hospital. While working at the hospital (and having been a patient a few times), I was exposed to the medical field a little more than others might have been. I was involved in a short-lived volunteer program where one day a week we would devote our lunch hour to helping out in various units, doing things like filling ice pitchers, restocking patient room supply cabinets, delivering meals, etc.
I'm not a college graduate, and my minimal college career was less than stellar -- but it's been 22 years since I attended any sort of college class.
I'm not only trying to figure out if nursing is for me, but if there's any way to determine what kind of nursing I might fit into after graduation, that would be helpful. I don't really know the typical career path for an RN -- what a typical first job is after graduation, etc.