Hi. I am in the process of taking A&P I right now. I plan on applying to the nursing program this Fall. I currently work as a bookkeeper for a pretty good company and have my bachelor's in accounting. I am not making the kind of money I thought I'd be making at this point ($17/hour) with a bachelor's and 9 years experience but I am grateful I have a job. Am I crazy for wanting to change my career to something totally different after working in accounting for the past 9 years? I am 28 years old and feel like bookkeeping is boring and always felt like I wanted to work with people and get into nursing. I have a great personality and people instantly feel comfortable talking to me, telling me personal information, they trust me. I enjoy helping people and have always been interested in health care. I've just been too busy loading my schedule with accounting classes and never had time to actually sit down and think about what career I really want to do. Now I am ready to make the change.
I know that if I get accepted I will have to quit my FT position. I am thinking when I do that I will get my CNA license and get a job as a CNA probably making around $5 less an hour. Does anyone know how to get paid the most being a CNA?
Has anyone else ever been in the same situation as me? Changing careers from something totally different and having to start from the bottom up all over again? Please let me know. I am nervous making such a drastic change but get excited about it at the same time. I would like to know who has made a drastic career change like this and do you regret doing it? Or are you very happy you made the change?
Jun 19, '13
to allnurses, Jen - even though it's been a while for me, I can remember what a big leap it was to make the final decision to pursue nursing. I think you'll find lots of company here who have faced all the dilemmas you are at this crossroads in your life. We have many forums here that may fit your needs, so my suggestion would be to check out our site map
where you will find those that interest you and begin to find some answers or at least some guidance. The very best to you!
Jun 20, '13
depending on where you work you can get a hospital or nursing home to train you there so you will not need a CNA license beforehand.
Jun 20, '13
How do you get into a hospital without a license of some sort when the job description says it requires it?What job title should I be looking for?
Jun 21, '13
Nursing assistant or PSA they both do on the job training