Hello. I'm Chris A, and I'm moving towards nursing school...

  1. I'm 30 this year, with a degree in History and 9 years as a software engineer. This isn't doing it for me anymore, and I'm now pursuing nursing, as the medical world has always amazed me.

    I'm considering a Master's Entry Program, and the schools I'm looking at most intently are:

    • University of Washington
    • Boston College
    • Northeastern
    • Johns Hopkins
    • University of Rochester
    Right now, I'm just in the process of taking a Biology class at a local community college, so I can start in on A&P over the summer. I'm going to have to crank pretty hard to get pre-reqs out of the way, but I'm pushing hard. I'm also volunteering at the University of Washington Medical Center in the postpartum/newborns unit.

    Should be an interesting ride!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to Allnurses.com.....................
    Good luck with your choice, I know that it has always been the best for me.
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome to All Nurses!
  5. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses, and good luck! Lots of IT-turned-nursing folks lurking around here!
  6. by   ChrisA
    Quote from manna
    Lots of IT-turned-nursing folks lurking around here!
    Are there really? That's interesting in itself. Do you think it's that people are jaded with the tech rat race?
  7. by   Chibi Baka
    I was always interested in computers and all that high tech stuff, until, i realized that it made me feel so empty(imo!...i took one java class and gave up on the whole computer thing, im still pretty tech savy, but im stayin away from java.. its evil i say! lol) the other career i was looking into was graphic designer or game artist, Im still an artist at heart though, but i cant sit in front of the computer all day and design logos... although everyone tells me i should be a tatoo artist .. ick!


    Well im glad you decided to choose a career in nursing!!!


    Sorry i babbled so much!
  8. by   ChrisA
    Quote from Chibi Baka
    ...it made me feel so empty(imo!...i took one java class and gave up on the whole computer thing, im still pretty tech savy, but im stayin away from java.. its evil i say! lol)
    Empty, exactly. I've come to realize that God has no hands but our hands, and I'm not doing the right thing. I love Java though. It's so much better than VB (ick) or C (more ick)...
  9. by   Tweety
    Good luck!!!
  10. by   manna
    Quote from ChrisA
    Are there really? That's interesting in itself. Do you think it's that people are jaded with the tech rat race?
    Probably so.... that and an intense, human drive to feel the need to do something worthwhile with your life. Not that programming and IT related disciplines aren't worthwhile... just something that perhaps has a more direct, meaningful impact on fellow man. Job security is probably another big draw of IT people to healthcare (I'm sure you know all about out-sourcing of jobs, etc etc)

    I, at one time, was studying a computer-related discipline, but decided that I didn't want to sit in front of a computer for the rest of my life, that I cared more about people than machines, and that I've always been fascinated by the workings of the human body and healthcare in general. After that, I switched to pre-med, but realized I didn't want to "sacrifice" my family (I have 2 young boys) for the sake of a career in medicine. So here I am, about to be a nursing student...
    Last edit by manna on May 11, '04
  11. by   ChrisA
    Quote from manna
    I, at one time, was studying a computer-related discipline, but decided that I didn't want to sit in front of a computer for the rest of my life, that I cared more about people than machines, and that I've always been fascinated by the workings of the human body and healthcare in general. After that, I switched to pre-med, but realized I didn't want to "sacrifice" my family (I have 2 young boys) for the sake of a career in medicine. So here I am, about to be a nursing student...
    This is all so true. I was asked by the unit manager on the unit in which I'm volunteering why I wasn't just going to med school, and I said that I didn't want to spend years and years in school, and I also didn't want to just treat disease, but help people through illness. It's so much more than just getting through the crisis, you know?

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