I am 33, and starting the prerequisite classes this semester.
I'm a generation-x dotcom person, and during the heyday of the dotcoms, did various jobs from software test engineer to web developer to production artist.
I recently decided to become a nurse.
I am really, really into medicine in a "geeky" kind of way - I'm the blogger at todaysmalady.blogspot.com. During my time in the dotcoms, I spent most of my day reading the Yahoo! Health and Diseases directory.
After deciding to give in and go into health care, I kept taking classes - phlebotomy (which is very hard to break into in California), EMS, EKG interpretation. I also volunteered in an ER for a while (I'm moving, so plan to change ERs) and in the short term, I want to be an ER tech. I'm a licensed EMT, but want to work in the hospital more than on the field. I love the hospital environment.
I was about to add on yet another certification when I realized I should just become an RN, instead of add on five more certifications
I used to think I wanted to be a doctor, but nurse practicioner sounds a lot better to me, down the road; I actually want to start a family soon, and I have too many hobbies that I can't live without to possibly be happy during residency. As long as I'm in a field where I can contribute something to the sum total of knowledge, I will be happy.
I'm a big sci fi geek. I'm active off and on in various science fiction communities and hope to get an art display up at a convention, soon.
I'm a big science and tech buff, but too gregarious to be a research scientist, engineer or computer type (I've tried). As long as I'm in a field where I get to interact with people as well as use scientific knowledge and technology, I will be happy, and nursing seems like a good candidate.
What is the social environment like with nursing, generally? Is there a lot of corporate mentality/water-cooler type environment? I haven't really enjoyed corporate jobs. It seems like with nursing, there's a variety of environments I could work in.