Quote from ljean6150
I have managed to build a successful career as a paralegal where I am making 75k-85k a year......Can someone give some sound advice and enlightment into the whole nursing thing? I figured it would be a good switch for me becuase the starting salary will be about the same as im making now and I can work at night to help balance juggleing my 11 and 3 year old. please help. any advice you give me will be greatly appreciated. thanks
Where do you live? If it is not NYC (and I mean some parts; not all) or CA (again some parts; not all) or some other States that pay that much to New Grads, you will be taking a major pay cut of 30-50 K per year to become a new nurse. In other words, you will not be making anything close to 75-85K per year even with over time in most parts of this country.
Also, the horror stories are real.... It will take some time working as a nurse (consistent and constant employment) to find a nursing job that is not horrific with a company that you will like. Such jobs have low turnover rates and require new hires to be experienced nurses. Unfortunately, you will not be considered an experienced nurse when you graduate; rather you will be a New Graduate Nurse and thus may not be employed right away.....
In fact, imagine the possibility of being unemployed from nursing for 6 months to 2 years after you graduate.... If you have the finances to survive or can remain in your current career until you land your first nursing job, which I highly recommend, then go for the career change without hesitation! Otherwise, you may be better off becoming a Lawyer especially since deep-down-inside that is your true passion.
By the way, I know of a few nurses who became lawyers after working as a nurse by the bedside. They too were single parents when they attended law school. Therefore, if you decide against nursing for law school, do not make any excuses. Attending nursing school as single parent is not easy or necessarily more doable then any other professional school. In other words, you can make it through law school as a single parent similar to making it through nursing school as a single parent if you just put your nose-to-the-grind and just-do-it. Good luck.