After 15 years of working as a project manager for various pharmaceutical companies (and hating it), I've finally decided to take the plunge and do something different. I just turned 36 and can't see doing this for the rest of my career. I recently completed my EMT certification and, while the EMT/Paramedic field doesn't strike me as being as interesting as I expected, when I did a clinical observation in the area's local ER (and Level-1 trauma center), I was HUGELY impressed with the nurses. It was a clarifying moment for me.
Over the next couple of years I plan to volunteer in that ER to get some more experience while I bang out the pre-requisites part-time at the local community college. When I turn 38 I plan to quit my job and take the plunge. Since I own a home in the SF Bay Area with a healthy mortgage, that probably means that I'll be selling my home and moving elsewhere in the country where I can afford to go to school.
Obviously, I'm nervous about making such a big transition this late in life, but I'm very excited about having a fresh start and getting into a career that I really love. Any advice is welcome, but obviously I'll be reading up here in my spare time.